On a day the Arsenal community all over the world is basking in the euphoria of a fourth signing- Calum Chambers- in a very busy summer, news broke that Arsenal are ready to hijack Liverpool’s move for Hoffenheim’s £20m Brazilian midfielder Roberto Firmino because Santi Cazorla is been lured back to Spain by Atletico Madrid. However, the player has confirmed he will like to remain with Arsenal next season and other tabloids in England claim, the North London club intends to cash-in on the sale of Joel Campbell and not Santi Cazorla, to bring the 22-year-old attacking midfielder to the Emirates in a deal that rivals Liverpool are also keen on. The attacking midfielder impressed with his performances in the Bundesliga last season and Hoffenheim are said to be looking for £20m for the talented player who finished 2013/2014 Bundesliga season tied as the fourth highest scorer with 16 goals and tied as the second highest assister with 12 assists in the league.
Firmino, 22, a natural attacking midfielder, in the mould of compatriot and Liverpool playmaker, Fillipe Coutinho, is no doubt an excellent player and his signature would in no small measure bolster any teams’ attack, for he is said to be an exceptional passer of the ball, a good assist-maker and a brilliant finisher who moved from Figueirense in native country Brazil, three years ago to 1899 Hoffenheimin the German Bundesliga, signing a contract that expires June, 2015. However, a team like Arsenal may not be that much in need of more attacking midfielders as the North London club, more than ever, is so much endowed in that position with Santiago Cazorla, Mesut Ozil, Alex Ox-Chamberlain, Tomas Rosicky, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, even ‘’resurgent’’ Abou Diaby, and the new boy Alexis Sanchez, all capable of commanding performances in that position. Therefore, Arsenal, no doubt has an abundance of players in that position.
From an Arsenal fans’ perspective, this deal or any deal at all, that would sacrifice the Gunners pint-sized and brilliant Santiago Cazorla, may not particularly be detrimental to their claim on the Premier League title, but may seem priority misplacement by Wenger. With the four brilliant signings secured by the gaffer in the last 18 days i.e. Sanchez (forward), Debuchy (right back), Ospina (Goal keeper) and Calum Chambers (RB, CB, utility); continuity and stability demands that any other deal for Arsenal this summer should be geared towards filling the Defensive midfielder position that was held by ageing Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini last season. The need for a holding midfielder has been long overdue since, Alex Song’s departure in 2012.
Arsenal, with an interesting transfer summer so far, should however move to get one defensive midfielder, one out and out attacker (traditional no. 9, to compete with Olivier Giroud) and then look inwards and cash-in on some very exciting talents like Joel Campbell, Serge Gnabry, Yaya Sanogo and Carl Jenkinson, either in the form of outright sales or loan deals. These players need platforms to express themselves on the pitch and on a regular basis. Arsenal, for obvious reasons, may never be that platform for these lads.
There you have it! This is a vehement ‘’NO VACANCY’’ article for the prospect of bringing Firmino to Arsenal at the expense of losing Santiago Cazorla to Atletico.