Why Sami Khedira wouldn’t help Arsenal catch Chelsea
Arsenal blogger Highbury House would like the Gunners to sign Morgan Schneiderlin
Many thought Sami Khedira was going to join Arsenal last summer, writes Gunners blogger Highbury House.
Certainly former Liverpool striker and talkSPORT host Stan Collymore thought so after he claimed to know the ins-and-outs of Arsenal’s transfer business.
It never happened, though, and it’s unlikely to happen in January or next summer when he’s available for free.
Why? Because according to reports in Spain, having seen Mesut Ozil struggle to adapt to the Premier League, he doesn’t want to be another ‘failure’.
Not only that, he thinks football in Spain is better than the Premier League so instead, it’s likely he’ll sign a new contract with Real Madrid.
Khedira has a point there, some of the matches I have watched have been pretty boring, many of course, have involved us. Even Manchester City, who have many top-class footballers, are struggling to turn on the style like they did last season.
I know one could cite Chelsea as being the best side in the league, but how easily do other sides buckle when then face them? Look at Liverpool last weekend, they were 1-0 up and then defended nearly as badly as we do.
If we had a deeper, stronger and more balanced squad, we’d be matching Chelsea, if not bettering them. In fact, with a lot more discipline and organisation within the team, we’d have been sat right behind them in the league. We haven’t and we don’t.
Signing Khedira wouldn’t change that either, would it? He’s a great player, of that there is no doubt, and yes, he could be the man to turn defence into attack in a flash, but what we need is balance and depth to the defensive side to our game.
He is a bit too attack-minded from what I have seen of him. A bit too injury prone, too, but he’d be pretty cheap, albeit expensive in wages.
Morgan Schneiderlin would help our defensive game, though, and he’s been quoted as saying that he’s ready to quit Southampton for a bigger club, if his current club don’t make it into the Champions League.
Right now, it’s looking like they might, although there’s a long way to go yet. An injury to Schneiderlin and one or two others and things can change rapidly as we all know.
Apparently, Arsene Wenger will be given £20m to spend in the January transfer window. Where that figure has come from I don’t know, but if it’s true, we can’t expect too much transfer activity once the New Year arrives.
And £20m certainly wouldn’t get a player like Schneiderlin or Mats Hummels, so perhaps that’s why names like Virgil van Dijk, Ron Vlaar and Winston Reid are being touted
around, as all are available for less than half of Arsene Wenger’s transfer budget.
Especially Vlaar and Reid, who are both out of contract next summer.
If we snap up one of those players, that would leave Wenger with a few pennies to sign a central defensive midfielder but who he could get for the kind of money he’ll have left over, I don’t know.
Perhaps he’ll sell Abou Diaby before he leaves for free in the summer, that would give him an extra fiver.
But he’d still not have enough to sign Aymeric Laporte, the 20-year-old French defender linked to us on Wednesday as he has a €27.5m release clause in his contract!