Emmanuel Emenike has been linked with a January move to Arsenal.
Transfer rumours are of three categories: the good, the bad and ‘seriously?’
So we lost Giroud in August to an accident in his tibia and we won’t have him back till January (though he’s reportedly making good progress) and despite Roy Hodgson’s “keep calm” talk, we have fears over Welbeck. We must be desperate to sign a striker then. Monitoring Paco Alcacer, talking to Edison Cavani and apparently we will end up with Emmanuel Emenike?
Reports in some quarters have linked Arsenal with the Nigerian International who plays for Fenerbahce in the Turkish League. The player is also believed to have attracted the interest of Tottenham, having been formally on the radar of Chelsea.
Fenerbahce are said to demand a fee in the region of £15m for Emenike in the January window, with the interested suitors invited to lay their offers.
So why would Wenger want to sign Emenike?
The 27-year-old’s robust physique gives him the attributes of a strong center forward, which he generally employs quite to his benefit, shrugging off defenders and getting in their way. Bosnia and Herzegovina captain, Emir Spahic, was a victim of Emenike’s power in the World Cup, the Nigerian bursting his way through the static Spahic to get behind the defence for a pull back for Stoke City’s Peter Odemwingie to score. As well as being a goal threat himself, Emenike uses the force of his mass to bring teammates into the game, as was also evident in the World Cup against Argentina for Ahmed Musa’s second equalizer.
As a goal scorer, the former Spartak Moscow man may have a good case to justify his demand with fifteen International goals in just 24 appearances for Stephen Keshi’s side.
Seems quite a good catch then?
For a club aspiring to reclaim the top spot in British football, we could do better to be going after the World’s best. With the clamour about Giroud needing someone better to provide competition, the class of established stars like Edinson Cavani and Karim Benzema should be occupying our scouts. On the other end of the scale, there are the hot young prospects like Paco Alcacer – who has continued to bang in the goals for both Spain and Valencia – who Wenger would rather introduce to our youthful squad to give more ammunition to the growing armoury.
Besides having to aspire after acquiring more renowned deadly poachers, Wenger would know better to check Emenike’s disciplinary records in Turkey. Having been found culpable in a match-fixing scandal, Fenerbahce had cancelled his contract without him even featuring in a single game, shipping him off to Spartak. A brief stint of success in Moscow saw him welcomed back to the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium.
Of course he has made sure to leave that episode of him in the past; maybe we just keep this rumour as one of those things we could hear in a crazy world – as part of the past.
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