The transfer market just got more interesting with the news that Arsenal are weighing up a raid for highly rated Bayern defender David Alaba in a deal that could see in-demand defender Koscielny moving in the other direction. According to a report by caughtoffside. In fact, latest news about bookmaker’s betting bonuses on him joining us is getting interesting as some book makers have slashed the odds on him signing for us.
‘Arsene Wenger is reportedly open to offers from Bayern Munich for French centre-back Laurent Koscielny but only on the proviso that the Arsenal boss lands young Bayern Munich left-back David Alaba as part of the deal according to German source Tz.’
Guardiola is in the market for a new center-back and that need has been further heightened by the long term injury to first choice center-back Badstubber. The former Barca gaffer has set sights on Arsenal’s defender Laurent Koscielny and with the latter’s recent outburst, Wenger might just be ready to use him as the bait to get his own target, Alaba.
Why would Alaba want a move to Arsenal? That isn’t far fetched. People see him as an attack minded left back but there is more to the Nigerian born Austrian international other than just running up and down on the left flank. He can play right back, Center back, left wing and most importantly Defensive midfield. He started out his career in that position and it is the quest to return to there that might be driving him into Wenger’s waiting arms. Hear him,
“The club sees me at the moment as a left defender., but I see myself as a central midfielder, and also have all of that in mind I try to stay quiet, but it is a goal of mine, in Bavaria to be a central midfield regular.”
And why the choice of Arsenal? Why will a player that has been enjoying success at Bayern be willing to move to a club that haven’t tasted success in 8 years? The reason isn’t far-fetched.
“As a child I dreamt of playing for Arsenal”. (Alaba speaking in 2009)
Alaba and Arsenal could be a marriage made in heaven. At Arsenal, Alaba gets to play his desired defensive midfield position. No chance of him getting it at Bayern anytime soon with Schweinsteinger, Javi Martinez and Gustavo battling for the role. Arsenal will also benefit by getting a player with so much experience at a tender age and highly versatile.
The news said Koscielny and Alaba swap. That doesn’t sound plausible considering the fact that he is now preferred ahead of Vermaelen and regardless of his unguarded utterances ( if true), he is still contracted to Arsenal on a long term. Hence, the chances of forcing a move away is extremely remote. The realistic option is Vermaelen. The Belgian faces a herculean battle to displace Koscielny and Mertesacker in the starting team and will be eager to make a move should regular football perpetually elude him. Guardiola is his fan and attempted to prise him away to Nou Camp but failed and would see his drop in the pecking order as an opportunity to try again, hopefully with success this time..
Vermaelen moving to Bayern will good for all parties concerned. Vermaelen gets an opportunity to stake a claim for a regular berth, Bayern get an experienced cover for injured Badstubber, Alaba gets to live his dream of playing as a defensive midfielder and Arsenal get the defensive midfield conundrum solved with a hefty wage bill off their neck.