Wenger will make another bid for Smalling

In Arsenal FC, January 2010 Transfer window on January 26, 2010 by Highbury N5 Editor

Note: He has not signed for United.

Judging by Arsene Wenger’s latest comments, it could be a case of Aaron Ramsey round II with Fulham center-half Chris Smalling. William Gallas hasn’t signed his contract extension yet, Phil Senderos has as good as gone for good, Mikael Silvestre will be heading for the exit door come the end of the season, leaving Sol Campbell who is free to walk away at the seasons end, and Djourou who has spent more time on the injury table than Rosicky in recent times.

So we could be left with just an injury prone center-half and Thomas Vermaelen – and as good as he is, not even he could hold a defence together on his own with a player with one leg as the support act.

That is why I think Chris Smalling will head for Arsenal.

A transfer to Arsenal allows a common trend to continue, almost all of the most successful Arsenal center backs are English – Adams, Keown, Bould, Campbell etc. It does make sense.

I think we could be in the driving seat when it comes to making an attractive offer. Moving to Man United would mean he has to move to the other end of the country, signing for Arsenal means he probably doesn’t even have to move house, he could also stay at Fulham on loan for the rest of the season which might suit him further.

Arsene Wenger has the money at his disposal, £30 million is the number thats been thrown around, and at £7-8 million, it is a snip of his entire transfer fund and means he can gain knowledge of Sol Campbell and William Gallas, two of the finest defenders in the world at their peak.

The boss will probably be forced into action sooner than he likes but I’m sure he won’t risk losing a really promising talent to one of our closest rivals, United may have offered more money than us, but we have the appeal that they don’t.

Just think, how many times has Arsene Wenger said something like this:

“It just looks like Manchester United offered more money than us, As long as the player has not signed anywhere it is not the end of it. Let’s see what happens there.”

I bet he had a wry smile when he said that ….

Watch this space, we might get a signing after all.


3 Responses to “Wenger will make another bid for Smalling”

  1. Aw gotta do something!

  2. too late – gone to man u. shame.

  3. wry smile on sir alex’s 67 year old face!

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