Continuing in the series of realistic strikers that Arsenal can sign this summer, previously, I have considered Mandzukic and Benteke. I am still sticking with the Premier League and today, it’s the turn of Swansea’s hit man Michu. The Spaniard was one of the signings of the season last season having been signed from lowly Spanish La Liga side Rayo Vallecano for meagre 2 million Pounds. His arrival in the Premier League went unnoticed but by the time the season ended, his name was on the lips of all top pundits and managers.
Why should Arsenal go for him? The reasons are plenteous and I will be sharing it on this platform. Firstly, Michu already boasts of Premier League experience which makes adaptation easier for him unlike a player that will be coming from another league and country. If we are bringing in a new striker in the summer, we will expect him to hit the ground running and that will be a tall dream to expect from someone from another league but we can expect that of someone already in the league, someone that already understands the physicality and frenetic pace of the English game. Michu is already accustomed to that. He will also find fitting-in into the Arsenal playing style easy since Swansea’s style is akin to Arsenal’s.
Michu is also versatile. He can play as a striker (the role he took on arrival at Swansea) but he can also play in the creative hole behind the striker, as a supporting striker and a deep lying playmaker. In Michu, we could be getting back some of the skills we missed with the exit of Van Persie. The Spaniard is good at keeping the ball, linking up play and also setting up others (his 4 assists are a testament to that). He would cope well playing as the lone striker (the role Giroud currently occupies), as a supporting striker or main striker alongside another striker that could be Giroud or someone else. Should he play as a lone striker, he will do better than Giroud owing to his adroitness at the use of both feet unlike Giroud that is left footed.
While searching for a new front man, we should consider the age since this will give an indication of how long the player will be available. In this light, Michu is still young at just 27 years and just about stepping into his best years, he will offer us more of a long term solution than someone like David Villa. A striker is judged based on his ability to put the ball in the net and in this light, Michu is without mincing words good at doing just that. If he could score 22 goals in all competitions for an average side like Swansea, at Arsenal, he will thrive much more.
Another quality that also stands Michu out is his big game temperament. In his maiden season, his goals have cut across all sides (the big, average and small). He bagged a double against Arsenal at the Emirates and also scored against Chelsea at the Stamford Bridge to mention just a few. Apparently, he isn’t the player to bottle up against big oppositions and in recent seasons, our failings have been against top sides, we will be upping our chances of getting the better of our rivals if we can get in someone like Michu.
Finally, his price isn’t likely to be beyond us. Players price shouldn’t be an issue but unfortunately, when it comes to the Gunners, it is a big deal. Michu’s cost shouldn’t be beyond Arsenal’s financial purview. He was signed for just 2million Pounds, Swansea will find a bid of 10-15 million Pounds irresistible especially if Michu shows intent to leave. He signed a 3 year deal with them and should he not sign an extension this summer, his value might seriously pummel next summer with just a year left on his contract. This might just be the best time to cash in on him and make some decent money to equip the squad ahead of an Europa League adventure. While dangling a big carrot before Swansea, we can also dangle the carrot of decent wages before Michu. I am sure a 60k Pounds weekly wages and lure of UEFA Champions League football would convince him to make the Emirates switch. Michu has been on the fringes of the La Fura Roja squad in recent months though yet to get a cap and could make the cut for the Confederations Cup. He will brighten his chances of making the squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup if he makes the move to a top club and plays Champions League football.
Having reeled out the reasons why he should and could join Arsenal, it is worth considering some reasons why he might not be so open to an Arsenal switch. Firstly, the presence of his coach Micheal Laudrup. The Danish manager brought him from Spanish side and he might want to stay put with him to repay his faith. This belief will be further reinforced by Europa League football Swansea will be playing next season.
Secondly, the fear of regular first team football. Michu is on the fringes of breaking into the Spanish team an d should he replicate last season’s goal scoring heroics in the league and maybe in the Europa League as well. He might be scared of his first team berth should he move over Arsenal in the summer. Lack of regular football could kill his La Fura Roja chances.
Arsenal shouldn’t have problems getting. A good offer to Swansea, juicy contract offer to Michu and a promise of level playing field for all strikers would convince him he can fight for starting berth in the team and win it.