This summer is certainly one to forget for fans of other clubs and one to remember for Arsenal fans. The Gunners have already signed four players (Sanchez, Debuchy, Ospina and Chambers) and don’t look like stopping just yet. That is a surprise, going by Wenger’s antecedents. Going by the state of the squad, Arsenal still need a central striker, defensive midfielder and a centre back. Should Vermaelen seal his switch away from the Emirates?
According to reports, another player has been linked with a move to the Gunners but surprisingly, he is not a central striker, defensive midfielder or centre back. Seems another attacking midfielder is in the offing, because that is the role of latest target that could soon become the latest signing Fernando Quinterro. According to reports, the Gunners have agreed a fee in the region of 15.6million Pounds with Porto for the Colombian sensation.
The Colombian can play as an attacking midfielder and also as a left winger. But is an attacker that cannot play as a central striker what Arsenal need at the moment especially after signing Alexis Sanchez last month coupled with the abundant talents lurking in the midfield jostling for the few midfield positions.
The reason for wanting Quinterro might not be clear to us fans but the Wenger I know is no fool and not a manager who buys players just for the sake of spending the cash or depriving others of the opportunity to get them – a la certain Portugese. Le Prof has always maintained that he is open to signing players that would improve the current team, with that, I believe Quinterro is one that would do just that.
In the event of the Porto star actually becoming a Gunner, what does he bring to the Arsenal table?
He might just be the replacement for Spanish playmaker Santi Cazorla. The former Malaga star has been linked with a return to La Liga with Athletico Madrid. On paper, Wenger might insist he isn’t for sale but should a bid in the region of 20million Pounds arrive, Wenger would almost certainly cash in. You will agree with me that, that is a good fee for a player that would soon clock 30. Should Cazorla leave, Arsenal would be expected to replace him, Quinterro would be a perfect replacement for the Spaniard. Not only that, he could also be a long term replacement for Rosicky. The new season might just be the last for the aging Czech playmaker. You don’t look for an umbrella when it starts raining; wisdom demands that you have that handy especially when it is the season of the rain.
The arrival of Quniterro could also mean Wenger isn’t bringing in another striker this summer. Arsenal certainly needs another striker to compete with Giroud but in Sanchez, the Gunners might have that already. The Chilean can play on the wings and also centrally. His pace, skill and lethal touch in front of goal makes him a perfect fit for the job. The absence of a natural winger with pace on the left meant he was likely going to be deployed on the left wing so that with the pace of both him and Walcott, Arsenal could stretch defences. With the Colombian now in the fray, Sanchez could move centrally to compete with Giroud in 4-3-3 formation or partner him in a 4-4-2 formation. The former formation would see Arsenal’s attack with blistering pace which would have Ozil and Ramsey licking their lips while the latter formation would see Arsenal score more goals. It is getting increasingly unlikely that Arsenal would sign a natural central forward because the options are limited. Remy is too much a risk, Mandzukic has gone elsewhere and Wenger has distanced himself from any move for Balotelli.
With the likely addition of Quinterro, it seems Wenger is bringing back pace to the team. Most of the players Wenger signed this summer are fleet footed; Sanchez, Debuchy and now Quinterro. Since the exit of Reyes, Arsenal has always lacked pace on the left but the injury to Walcott in January saw the Gunners loosing pace on both wings. Le Prof seems keen to address that situation this summer with his signings. Sanchez, Walcott and Quniterro mean blistering pace in attack and with the trio, Arsenal can swiftly turn defence into attack as in the days of the invincible. Looks like Wenger is ready to bring back the good old days.
Nothing is set in the stones just yet but if it happens, then Quinterro to Arsenal might just be a masterstroke signing.