It has been a strange summer at Arsenal. Players are turning their backs on the club whilst the usual unwavering support for manager Arsene Wenger is draining away. But perhaps the strangest story of them all was a report at the weekend linking Manchester City’s Carlos Tevez to the club in a swap deal with Samir Nasri.
Now this was only a newspaper report, another piece of transfer gossip (a report that Wenger has since played down) but my surprise came not only because this story came completely out the blue but because, despite his undoubted talents on the pitch, Tevez is not the kind of player Arsenal so desperately need.
Arsenal’s summer has been dominated not only by the growing impatience amongst the fans and loss of faith in Wenger but unsettling transfer stories. Cesc Fabregas has now finalised a move to Barcelona whilst Samir Nasri looks close to an exit. Both are fantastic footballers that have been a credit to the club and their style of play but this summer has shown that both are no longer fully committed to the team.
Despite Tevez’s work rate, leadership skills and goalscoring qualities (all attributes that Arsenal do need), the one thing that has often let the Argentine forward down is his habit of becoming unsettled at a club far too quickly. He has enjoyed successful spells at both United and City but a lot of the time he has spent in the north of England has been taken up by talks of him looking to move. If Wenger is looking to replace Nasri and Fabregas he needs players that would be committed to staying in London for many years and I don’t think Tevez would be the right man for Wenger.
Since his arrival in England at West Ham Tevez has been making headlines. His move from the Hammers to Manchester United was a good move and deserving to match his undoubted talents. Despite two successful seasons with the club, Tevez walked away from United in 2009 amid payment disagreements and claims that United showed a ‘lack of respect’ towards him. He then joined close rivals Manchester City and despite leading them to FA Cup glory and a spot in the Champions League last season, the time for change has once again been calling for Tevez as he looks to move closer to his family and away from Manchester. Again the desire to apparently leave England makes the possibly short move down to London slightly surprising and at this stage still very unlikely.
As well as needing players with a strong sense of loyalty with the need to stabilise the club even greater in the wake of a difficult summer, Tevez also presents a player positionally that Arsenal don’t need. Despite the departure of attack-minded Fabregas and likely loss of Nasri, defence will be key for Wenger over the next few weeks. He desperately needs to sure up the back four and possibly bring in a more experienced goalkeeper to challenge 21-year-old Wojciech Szczesny.
Wenger must address the gaping holes that are starting to appear in the squad and cause a lot of damage at the club. The signing of a player of Tevez’s statue would give the fans an immediate lift but he is not the type of player Wenger must look at in his rebuilding process at the Emirates.
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