According to The Guardian, Cameroonian International Samuel Eto’o is interested in a move to the Premier League with Arsenal thought to be at the forefront of contenders for his signature. It’s not the first time that Eto’o has been linked with a move to England with both Arsenal and Chelsea thought to have made bids for his services in the past. At thirty years old, however, you might be forgiven for wondering if the ship had already sailed on the success of any potential move. It boils down to this: does Eto’o still have what it takes to compete in the Premier League and would he fit in at Arsenal ?
He’s currently plying his trade at Inter Milan where he has played a pivotal role in Internazionale’s forward line. He has scored 33 goals in 67 appearances – hardly figures becoming of a striker who is currently ‘slowing down’. Inter President Massimo Moratti has sung Eto’o praises on a regular basis, once telling reporters: “Eto’o is fantastic. I do not want to take anything away from Ibrahimovic, but for everyone it was really a great deal to get Eto’o. Samuel is truly extraordinary.”
Yet it still seems difficult to image Wenger going after a striker who is over thirty years old. Even Eto’o has acknowledged that age has become an issue: “I am now 30 years old and it is very important for me to think about my future before I sign what could be my last contract. I have already shown that I have what it takes to play in Italy and I now have the idea of proving myself in England.”
I have to say, that despite concerns surrounding his age, I think Samuel Eto’o would be an ideal addition to Arsenal’s squad. It’s clear that the Gunner’s need a world-class striker to partner Robin Van Persie. The likes of Marouane Chamakh, Carlos Vela and Nikolas Bendtner just haven’t been cutting the mustard and Eto’o doesn’t just represent a step-up from these players, but a gigantic lurch forward. Eto’o would add not only goals to Arsenal’s front-line, but experience and a winning attitude.
He doesn’t seem to have lost any pace and he has at least two-three more seasons left at the peak of his game. Yes if Arsenal do acquire Eto’o at this stage he won’t have any potential re-sale value when his time with the Gunners is done but that shouldn’t be Arsene Wenger ’s concern at this moment.
Throughout his career Eto’o has maintained a ratio of one goal every two games (469 appearances, 250 goals) and has won most of the games top honours. The more you consider it, this ex-Barcelona star seems like a perfect addition to Arsenal’s squad.
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