Arsenal are closing in on signing Montpellier midfielder Younes Belhanda, after the club confirmed they are willing to sell the midfield star now. Belhanda has been strongly linked with a move to the north London club after emerging as one of the best young stars in the French Ligue 1 and the reports will surely put boss Arsene Wenger on red alert as he is a keen admirer of the 23-year-old.
Belhanda was named France’s young player of the year last season and has been mightily impressive this campaign. According to reports in the Daily Express, the French club’s owner admitted he was off at the end of the season.
Louis Nicollin said: “The door is open for Younes to find a bigger club than ours. I don’t know where yet but he wants to leave. It’ll take €10-11 million though. He’s a boy I love, but we gave him a big salary after winning the title.”
Wenger is keen to add some attacking talents to his squad and was linked with moves for Dortmund but now Bayern bound star Mario Gotze and still has designs on Dortmund’s Marco Reus and Malaga’s Isco. Obviously, Belhanda is the cheapest of the lot and also the one with the least polished talent when compared with the others.
Seems Wenger is putting price before talent yet again. An habit that has made many Arsenal fans to want to get rid of Wenger just like you get rid of your old DVD.
Should Wenger go for Belhanda, Arsenal fans would be hoping he replicates the telepathic understanding he had with Giroud when he was still at the French club at Arsenal.
Belhanda is quite versatile as he can play on either wings and in the midfield hole behind the striker but despite his talent and been a regular at Montpellier, I doubt if he would walk straight into Arsenal’s starting berth. He is not the type of top class act that would improve our first 11, rather he would only cushion our bench. I don’t see him dislodging Podolski, Cazorla or Walcott from the wings, neither can he upstage Wilshere in the middle of the pack.
What we need at Arsenal is a step up from our current grade of players and in this light, Wenger should be looking at Isco and Reus, not Belhanda.