They have a habit of wanting to do things the Arsenal way, be it with wanting a New Stadium, the football philosophy, or with transfer targets. Tottenham Hotspur are always after us.
Especially in the transfer market have they been more hot on our heels this season, and having been beaten on deadline day to Danny Welbeck, they’ll look to assert some revenge as they pursue PSG’s youngster, Adrien Rabiot, according to Daily Star.
Rabiot had been making the headlines over the past few months with his antics on the negotiating table with the billionaire Parisiens, initially refusing to sign a deal which led to strong interest from a host of clubs including Roma and Liverpool. The dust has since settled, with the 19-year old putting pen to paper for a new bumper package that will keep him on the long-term at the Parc des Princes, effectively ending Arsenal’s eager pursuit, at least for now.
Spurs, however, have now decided it is their turn to turn in an application for the French Under-21 star, albeit on a loan deal till the end of the season. Rabiot, though highly rated at the moment, is still more of a raw prospect for the longer term and is yet to be a mainstay under Laurent Blanc.
PSG already boast a star studded midfield mechanism that consists of Thiago Motta, Marco Veratti, Blaise Matuidi, Lucas Moura and ex-Newcastle man Yohan Cabaye who hardly gets a game even. The door is therefore open for Rabiot to still perfect his development with first team football in any other place he desires, though he has had a few runs in the league and Champions League this season.
With the overpriced players recruited with last year’s windfall from the Bale-out failing to justify their tags, Mauricio Pochettino has put more faith in youngsters this season, especially in midfield where a Bentaleb-Mason pair has been more dominant, leaving the likes of Paulinho, Capoue, Dembele and Benjamin Stambouli watching on as spectators. Perhaps the consideration is that the 19-year old Rabiot will also be of better value to him this season than those ones who have not managed to play according to his system thus far.
What could be said of Spurs could be applied to Brendan Rodgers’s team too as it hasn’t proven a wise decision to spend all of the Suarez money on average players, leaving Rodgers to have to still rely on the Lucas-Gerrard-Henderson combinations that had served last season. Their irregular start to the season have raised fresh questions over the contributions of one or two of that triumvirate, and so a need to bring in a new pair of legs has appeared.
It remains to be seen if Arsenal will completely hands-off in the pursuit of the youngster to allow Spurs the leeway to probe. Otherwise, we all know how this ends up.
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