Arsenal have set shock waves through the Premier League with a record bid for Everton’s Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini. According to Goal, Arsenal have lodged a 22 million Pounds (28 million Euros) bid which is the release clause of the giant Belgian.
Is he worth it? Of course he is. Fellaini is highly versatile. Naturally a defensive midfielder but can play as an attacking midfielder, a supporting striker and a striker if need be. His goal scoring ability is laudable. He will be adding huge physical presence to Arsenal’s brittle midfield. In recent months, Arsenal have been linked with plethora of defensive midfield targets but the Belgian is certainly the peak of the pack. At just 25, he boasts of huge Premier League experience and will hit the ground running unlike other targets that will be coming in from another league and would require time of adaptation.
What does his arrival portend for Arsenal? His imminent arrival is a clear signal of intent from Wenger that he is ready to battle for the title and not just settle for a top 4 finish like it was in the past. It could also mean that Wenger is considering a switch from the 4-3-3 formation to 4-4-2. The former has been Wenger”s preferred formation in recent seasons and the main reason for it was the absence of a strong physical presence to shield the back 4 so he resorted to sharing the defensive midfield responsibilities between two defensive minded midfielders but with the likely arrival of Fellaini who is a huge physical presence, Wenger might
reduce the midfield bodies to just 2 and increase the attacking bodies to 4 by introducing another body upfront to act as a supporting striker beside Giroud. With Arsenal keen on Rooney, fans could be seeing a Giroud/Rooney partnership next season. What a mouth-watering and frightening prospect.
The arrival of Fellaini could spell the end of Diaby. Wenger has been uncharacteristically ruthless this summer with the massive clear-out going on. Arshavin, Squillaci and Denilson have already been shoved out, Chamakh, Bendtner and Djourou are expected to follow suit. Diaby could also join them. The French midfielder has been crooked by injuries almost throughout his Arsenal career and his currently nursing another lengthy one. His physical presence (height) meant he always made it into the team when fit but with Felliani who is a better physical presence there, Diaby might just find it difficult to break into the team. Arsenal are in the mood of cutting their losses and this might see Diaby getting the boot.
Finally, should Arsenal complete Fellaini signing, it will be a coup of some sort for Wenger. The shrewd Frenchman will be beating long time and more lofty admirers Chelsea and Manchester United to his signature.
What then can we say, bye Mourane (Chamakh), welcome Marouane (Fellaini).