Mikel Arteta To Arsenal? Don’t Bank On It

With only a few hours left of the transfer deadline at 11pm, the strongest stories at the present moment are the potential signings of Mikel Arteta for around £10 million from Everton, and Yossi Benayoun from Chelsea, possibly on loan.

The problem is, the signing of Arteta goes against Arsene’s whole transfer policy.

Over the last 7 seasons, Arsenal have brought in:

Hleb, Diaby, Mannone, Bendtner, Adebayor, Walcott, Rosicky, Baptista, Gallas, Fabianski, Eduardo, Nordtveit, Sagna, Diarra, Vela, Ramsey, Nasri, Bischoff, Silvestre, Arshavin, Vermaelen, Chamakh, Koscielny, Squillaci, Jenkinson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gervinho, Joel Campbell, Chu Young Park, Andre Santos and Per Mertesacker.

The common theme?

The players are either from the lower leagues or abroad.

Apart from Diarra, Gallas and Silvestre, all of the players we’ve brought in have been from outside of the Premier League. So clearly this is a conscious decision made by Arsene and his team.

Why is this?

Maybe he feels Premier League players are over priced? Whatever the reason, bringing in other players from teams from the Premier League is something that Arsene clearly likes to avoid.

So don’t bank on the Mikel Arteta deal to go through.

And the rumours are that Arsenal are offering £10 million for his services. Although Arteta is obviously not in the same league as Cesc, £10 million is under-valuing him if you ask me and we saw what happened when Arsenal tried to get Jagielka for a similar price.

Arsenal can always say they tried to sign a creative midfielder later on in the season if Arsenal struggle to score goals or have to play the younger players in midfield.


2 thoughts on “Mikel Arteta To Arsenal? Don’t Bank On It

  1. “Apart from Diarra, Gallas and Silvestre” – it isn’t a ‘common theme’ if there are that many exceptions.

    Also…Mertesacker and Santos aren’t exactly in line with our regular transfer policy. Arteta, which looks like is a no-go anymore anyway, wouldn’t be a huge surprise.

  2. why the cheap option. There has never been a better time to spend our money. Not reaching the top four will cost us dearly. All that money from years of profiteering from sales must be used now. PAY LILLE WHAT THEY WANT. PAY DORTMUND WHAT THEY WANT. We need a big money signing to show the world we aint dead yet.
    Hazard will cost £40 -£50 million in a few years and wenger will say ” we once tried to sign him.”


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