10 Summer Targets To Make Us Champions (part 2)
By KeenosAFC
Wednesday 06 Mar 2013 19:25:00
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Yesterday, we introduced the first 5 players on the list of “10 Summer Targets To Make Us Champions.” Edinson Cavani, Stevan Jovetic, Stephan El Shaarawy, Victor Wanyama & Étienne Capoue were the first 5 names on the list. Some said they were ungettable. the point was everyone is gettable. Some said we were playing football manager, we could not afford them. We can. Some said they were obvious names. The second 5 are not so obvious (click here for the first 5)...

Ignacio Camacho

Having been shopping in Malaga twice in the last two transfer windows, it is hopeful that Ignacio Camacho would've caught the eye of one of our scouting team. As previously mentioned, the centre of the park has been a problem this season, and Camacho could be a solution to that problem.

At 6 foot and 22 years old, the defensive midfielder could prove the perfect foil alongside Jack wilshere for years to come. Whilst he is not as physical as Capoue or Wanyama, he is still able to dominate in the middle of the park due to brilliant positional sense. More Emmanuel Petit then Patrick Vieira, he is similar to the pony-tailed Frenchman in style of play as well as ability on the ball. If we are looking for someone to guard the defence rather than play box to box, he is the better option of the trio of midfielders mentioned.

The biggest obstacle would be a £5 million buy back clause that Atletico Madrid inserted in the deal upon selling him. When they make the 2013-14 Champions League, they may well bring back the talented youngster.

Value: £5-8 million

Benedikt Höwedes

Germany has a lot of talented centre backs at the moment. Mats Hummels is the most in demand, but is fairly out of reach (likely to go to Real Madrid alongside Klopp when the time comes.) There is also Badstuber over at Bayern Munich. But he is the captain elect at the club. Finally there is Per Mertesacker. What he lacks in pace, he makes up in reading of the game and positional sense. He already plays for Arsenal.

We could do a lot worse than buying Benedikt Höwedes next summer to partner Mertesacker. At 6 ft 2 in he has the physical prowess to cope with the Premier League. He also has a decent turn of pace to him and could solve a lot of our defensive problems.

And the clinchers? his contract runs out at the end of the season. Schalke have financial problems meaning they need to sell. And they are unlikely to even be in the Europa League next season. Let alone the Champions League.

A class centre back, available on the cheap. Yes please.

Value: £3-5 million

Mattia De Sciglio

It is likely there will be one senior player leaving Arsenal this summer. That man is likely to be Bacary Sagna. The experienced Frenchman has reportedly become frustrated at the club. Bereft of friends, in a club which now has a British core mixed in with some Spanish, the Frenchman is reportedly feeling isolated and, at 30 with a just one year left on his contract, will be looking for a way out in the summer and one big final pay day. His departure will not disappoint Arsenal fans, who have become frustrated with his lack of desire and drop in form.

When looking to replace him, it is important to look at 3 factors - Defensive Ability, Age and Pace. With Walcott providing very little cover, Sagna's replacement must be good in one on ones. He must also have the pace to be able to support Walcott going forward. finally he must be someone who need not be replaced for a long time. You do not want to be continually wasting money on fall backs.

Mattia De Sciglio has broken onto the scene this season, putting pressure on Ignazio Abate, Italy's 1st choice right back. At 20 and with pace to burn, he would be the perfect fit at right back. Yes, he lacks a bit defensively, but, like a young Ashley Cole, his powers of recovery often gets him back into the correct position.

If he gets frustrated with being unable to fully make the right back position at AC Milan his own, he might start to look elsewhere. And if he does make right back his own at AC Milan, well then maybe we should look at his senior countryman, Abate, 26.

Value: £7-10 million

Júlio César

Last summer, Arsene Wenger refused to buy a new goalkeeper because it would "Kill Wojciech Szczesny." At the time, the Pole looked like the man to be between the sticks for some time at Arsenal, as long as he kept developing. However, this season, a mixture of poor coaching, a poor defence in front of him and a lack of competition has lead to him going backwards.

Whether it is failed Cruyff turns, palming the ball back into the path of opponents, or just general sloppiness, Wojciech Szczesny is now at risk of killing his future. His mistake at Blackburn certainly killed our FA Cup chances.

Meanwhile, over at QPR, there is a man between the sticks who has been the only standout player for the relegation threatened side. Júlio César joined on a free transfer, for big wages (although is £80,000 a week really that big?) and is the only reason why QPR are not already down with less points then Derby.

At 33 (34 in September), signing him would be similar to when Manchester United signed a 34 Edwin Van Der Saar. 4 League titles, 1 Champions League a a handful of minor domestic cups proved the old adage that goalkeepers are like a fine wine. Better with age. Would him signing really kill Szczesny? Would another 2/3 years of learning his trade really be bad for the young Pole?

Signing Júlio César would also show we are thinking about the here and now. Next season. The immediate future. Not long term. Not potential. He is a must signing.

Value: £3-5 million

Thibaut Courtois

At the other end of the scale to Júlio César is Thibaut Courtois. At 20, he is a couple of years younger than Wojciech Szczesny, but a darn sight more talented. On loan at Atletico Madrid from Chelsea, he has been a key player in Atletico Madrid's title challenge.

It goes without saying, the likelihood of Chelsea selling him to us are slim. It might take some 'dark arts' to force a transfer through. Petr Cech is clearly still the undisputed number one, and whilst Courtois is certainly their future, he is not there present. He will probably remain at Atletico Madrid for another season. At 20, he is in no rush, and playing for the team 2nd in Spain with Champions League football in 2013-14 will probably be more appealing than joining Arsenal on a Europa League tour.

But money talks. A big enough offer to Chelsea. A big enough offer of salary to him. He is certainly gettable. The only other stumbling block is if he has caught the eye of Barcelona, who might make it clear that they want him in 2014 to replace Victor Valdes.

Value: £20 million

With the projected £70million to spend, would signing César, De Sciglio, Höwedes, Capoue, El Shaarawy and Jovetic be too much to ask?

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6 Responses to "10 Summer Targets To Make Us Champions (part 2)"
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07 Mar 2013 11:25
What a lot of bull about Szczesny
07 Mar 2013 8:37
You do realise that there are squad rules in place 're home grown and trained in England etc also do you really believe that changing that amount of players in one phase would work? Didn't do qpr much good did it.
07 Mar 2013 3:28
Top of the list must be a new MANAGER who can coach defensive as well as attacking play. He should also have a better appreciation of players to purchase and not be allowed or encouraged to bring in 2nd class mid table players a la Squillachi,Giroud,Koscielny,Diaby,Arshavin,Chamakh,Santos,Fabianski,Mannone etc etc.,
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06 Mar 2013 21:07
Save your breathe mate. You know what we need for the team, we know and I dare say Wenger knows but nothing will happen this summer. We'll get rid of a few players, promote from within and Wenger will stte that Diaby will be like a new signing after yet another injury riddled season. Why do we get excited about ifs and maybes? I really don't have the "mental strengz" to put up with all the bullshit of not being able to find "top top quality players" that can "improve the squad. We know that there are better players than Chamakh, Squillaci, Arshavin, Bendtner, Ramsey, Gervinho, Rosicky etc that wil improve on the fact that they all offer nothing over the course of a full season. And if Wenger thinks there isn't anyone better to replace these players with quality depth then I'm not entirely sure I'd trust him with 70 mil'....
06 Mar 2013 20:46
Have to laugh at this article,we all know that wenger does not shop at harrods but at lidle lol
arsene wenger
06 Mar 2013 19:58
but you know what eeez it most important that we keep ze squad together an geet gervinho to zign thee new deal
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