Happy and merry Arsenal fans wouldn’t be surprised to hear of any deal, of any type, from anywhere in the world right now, for this summer at Arsenal, any player is buyable and anything is possible. To the fans, a roller coaster of a season is imminent as the sufferings of yesteryears seem to have been done with and a new horizon is in view.
Another interesting news was reported yesterday of a £15.8m bid for Brazilian forward, Douglas Costa by Metro Sport. The Shakhtar Donetsk play-maker is reportedly making things easy for the Gooners as he’s said to be currently refusing to return to Ukraine ahead of the new season because of the political unrest in the country describing living in Donetsk as ‘deadly’. The player had been stirring the waters at the club, reports say, by asking for a transfer away but his club is insisting he must return and will stay. A tempting offer of £15.8m may change the minds of the negotiators at Shakhtar, but it doesn’t seem a deal they would let happen without a twist for they have somehow at the Ukranian club, made a name for themselves as ‘’tough negotiators’’.
Born Douglas Costa de Souza, the 23-year-old attacking midfielder who has won numerous trophies with Shakhtar, including a domestic treble in the 2010-11 season (Premier League, the Ukranian Cup and the Super Cup), would not only add up the numbers but also increase Wenger’s attacking options going forward. With the possible departure of Joel Campbell to AC Milan, and Yaya Sanogo’s inexperience at the top level, this kind of signing may prove to be crucial as a lot of pressure would be taken off Olivier Giroud, who for most part of last season was the only option Arsenal had going forward in a 4-2-3-1 formation. At 23, the Brazilian-born Shakhtar Donetsk forward, is somewhat a ‘veteran’, breaking into lime-light at the tender age of 18 playing for Gremio, by making a glorious debut in a 2-1 victory over Botafogo on 4th October, 2008, scoring his first goal in the same match. Since signing a 5 year contract with Shakhtar in 2010, he had gone on to play in all competitions in the European top flight, plus the domestic challenge.
Arsenal has signed Alexis Sanchez this summer to complement Olivier Giroud, Lukas Podolski, Theo Walcott and Yaya Sanogo in their attacking set-up but this seems inadequate for a side that intends to challenge for trophies next term on four fronts because, Wenger had deployed most of these attackers in the wide roles (wings), with the exception of Giroud and Sanogo. The prospect of Joel Campbell returning to Arsenal and competing with these attackers oozed hope of a potent option, judging from his world cup performance, but he is not in the frame of a Wenger-type no. 9, hence the reported decision to do business with AC Milan for his signature. Therefore, the real attacking need of the Arsenal squad to make a great impression in England, is a signing in the mould of Costa, to put Giroud on his toes and create a ‘positive selection headache’ as seen at star-studded teams like Manchester City and Arsenal’s London rivals, Chelsea.
The horizon is new and clear enough to see the Gunners having a smooth ride.