As the end of the season draws closer, the summer nears, Arsenal are planning to bolster their squad and as such, the club’s scouts are combing the top leagues across Europe for bright talents. One player the club should have a look at is Manchester City’s English defender Micah Richards. The England international has fallen on bad patch recently and have had his opportunities at the Etihad limited owing to injuries and the form of Pablo Zabaleta. He also has Brazilian star Maicon to compete with for right back spot. Owing to limited opportunities, he could be looking to move on in the summer and Arsenal should be thinking of pouncing.
In the light of Arsenal moving for him, what can he bring to our table? Richards is a versatile English defender that can play at right back, left back and centeral defence. At right back, he would be a better replacement for Bacary Sagna who looks set to leave in the summer. In that role, he is strong defensively and also a big threat going forward. Unlike the Frenchman, Richards boasts good crosses and can also make attempts at goal if given the opportunity.
Bringing him to Arsenal also means we would be increasing our British contingent. Currently, we have Wilshere, Walcott, Ramsey, Chamberlain and Jenkinson as the British players in our fold and with Richards, the number will soar to 6 and probably help paint us in brighter light in the eyes of the English media. Furthermore, should we move for him, we would be helping him fulfil a life-long dream of playing for his boyhood club. Micah Richards is a self-confessed Arsenal fan and when fans play for the club of their dreams, they tend to give more. A move to Arsenal would not only benefit the Gunners, it would also benefit Richards. For one, it would help him force his way back into the English fold. Currently, the Three Lions don’t have a dependable right back. Current incumbent Glen Johnson isn’t so solid defensively and if Richards can prove good form at club level, he could just usurp the Liverpool man.
A move to Arsenal would also grant him more first team opportunities as rumours are rife of the summer departure of Sagna, At City, he has found first team football very hard to come by.
Just as he stands to gain some things, he also stands to loose other things and one of such is his high wages. For him to seal a deal to the Emirates, he would have to take pay-cut. Currently, he is on 90k per weeks wages aNd he wants a pay rise which City isn’t ready to grant which is the cause of the impasse between them. At
Arsenal, I doubt if he would be able to get that much for a start but I hope his love for the club would see him settling for a pay-cut.
For the transfer fee, he shouldn’t cost much since he has just 2 years left on his current contract and even City would be keen to get him off their books so as to reduce their wage bill in order to bring in other stellar signings. I forsee a derisory transfer fee like the ones that saw De Jong (3million Pounds) and Adebayor
(4million Pounds) moving to AC Milan and Tottenham been demanded.
All is not uhuru when it comes to Richards though. Should Arsenal decide to move for him, they must be ready to persevere with him with regards to his fitness. This season, he has been an injury concern. All season, he has only managed 5 games for Manchester City in all competitions this season. I believe the injury this season is just a one off since he doesn’t have a track record of injuries. He shouldn’t be another Diaby.
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