Arsene Wenger’s interest in Germany’s Sami Khedira is reported to be fading by the minute as the manger is said to be intensifying effort to bring in William Carvalho instead. The Real Madrid player’s weekly wage and his injury record seem to act as limiting factors, masking his qualities in this Arsenal’s quest to sign a quality defensive midfielder. Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball), reports the fact that the Arsenal manager is seriously weighing his options between the experienced but injury-prone World cup and UEFA Champions’ League winner and a much younger William Carvalho who seems a long term plan. The news says William Carvalho has now emerged the main target for Arsenal in the defensive midfielder search. With hopes rising and falling on Khedira’s switch to Arsenal, it could be a thing of joy that Wenger’s finally putting an end to wide-spread speculations about him been an Arsenal player.
A fee of £27m was initially said to have been agreed between Arsenal and Real Madrid and it was all rosy until Khedira’s weekly wage demand stalled the deal. He demanded £150,000 on a weekly basis which Arsenal was not willing to pay. Then in a bid to revive the deal the player was said to have slashed his wage demand to £134,000 but still Arsenal didn’t deem it fit to continue the negotiations. Afterwards, it was said that Arsenal would move with a £30m for the player, indicating that contract talks had resumed. Just recently, Chelsea was reported to have agreed a deal with the player to bring him to Stamford Bridge next summer and then news broke that Real Madrid was said to have offered Sami Khedira a contract extension which doesn’t seem the defensive midfielder is willing to take. The Khedira story continued to be a regular feature on gossip and transfer rumour columns in newspaper dailies and blogs.
If the 27-year old experienced defensive midfielder, with a disturbing injury record, makes it playing for Arsenal next term, then that would show the manger’s desperation to grab titles at whatever cost. An orientation clubs with Billionaire owners who put undue pressure on their coaches and staff are known for. This is because Sami Khedira’s injury record should be a cause of worry to any manager who intends to win laurels. If a coach desires to win the league and many laurels then he must have players that could deliver all season long with minimal injury problems. Arsenal has had a fair share of league set-backs as a result of injuries to key players and even last season, the North London club had as much as 13 players out injured, a list which includes key players like Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil, Theo Walcott and Kieran Gibbs. What Arsenal do not really need right now is a player who is injury prone no matter how germane he is to winning trophies, because of the simple reason of uncertainties. Between 2007 and 2014, Sami had been out injured for at least a month, each year; therefore, you don’t depend on a player like that without adequate back up plan.
Sami no doubt is a very important player and has enormous contributions that he could bring into the current Arsenal squad, but that would only be enjoyed when he is fit. His fitness, however, cannot be guaranteed. If reports that William Carvalho has emerged as the number one Arsenal target for a defensive midfielder, then he argument from the manager may not be far from what has been stated here, Sami Khedira’s wage demand notwithstanding.