Arsene Wenger has reportedly declared that he may not be bringing any more strikers to the Arsenal this summer. It is important to make the aforementioned statement, lest Arsenal fans raise their hope in vain. The Monaco manager, Leonardo Jardim, in a statement to French journalists, said he expects Radamel Falcao, to feature for his club at the Emirates Cup scheduled to begin this weekend at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium in London. In his words, he said, ‘‘I think he will be able to start playing again at the Emirates Cup. He is now in the final phase of recuperation’’
Falcao missed participating in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil for his country Colombia as a result of an anterior cruciate ligament injury suffered in January. In his absence, his compatriot and former teammate at Monaco, James Rodriguez, who just recently made a switch to Spanish Giants, Real Madrid, gave an outstanding performance and clinched the FIFA Golden Boot Award for being the highest goal scorer with 6 goals in the competition. Falcao’s Europa Cup exploits will not be forgotten in a hurry as he was a thorn in defenders’ flesh and bagged a lot of goals for his former club Atletico Madrid on their way to lifting the trophy in the 2011/2012 season. When the time came for a move last summer, the money had to be right for Atletico Madrid to agree to a sale, and so, the rich owners of Monaco were able to fork out £50 demanded by the Spanish club and the Colombian made his move to the elite division of the French League, where Monaco competes.
The Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, who has brought in Sanchez, Debuchy, Ospina and Chambers, this summer, has hinted he isn’t thinking of securing the service of another out and out striker. However, a tournament like the Emirates Cup may make him really see the need for another goal poacher. This may not necessarily come in the way of a flop from his attackers, but from watching attackers of other clubs perform excellently in their department. It is with this hope that some Arsenal fans jolted at the prospect of seeing the former Atletico Madrid talisman, Radamel Falcao play at the Emirates and pray that Arsene Wenger secure at least a loan deal for the player. This is not to undermine the power, pace and fine finishing expected from Alexis Sanchez, but to wish for a team with great and healthy competitions for Olivier Giroud, who pressure took its toll on, last season. Of course, if any kind of deal to bring Falcao to Arsenal would happen, it would be subject to terms and agreement with the player and the club. The way it is, it isn’t likely that Monaco would do business and hoping that Wenger would approach Monaco, is like living in a fool’s paradise.
The Emirates Cup slated for 2nd – 3rdAugust, 2014, would see Arsenal of the English Premier League (host), Benfica of the Portuguese Primeira Liga, Monaco of the French Ligue 1 and Valencia of the Spanish La Liga, trade tackles.