Arsenal are reportedly willing to meet Fellaini’s buy-out clause, which is somewhere in the region of £23 million. Although it’s yet unclear if they will try to negotiate a lower fee, or how much competition they will face, with Manchester United also keeping an eye on the Belgian International.
Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour believes Marouane Fellaini could prove to be the club’s belated replacement for Patrick Vieira if the Gunners are able to seal the Everton star’s signature.
According to Goal ,he said :
It’s not just his threat from set plays either, we all know about Arsenal sometimes conceding easy goals from corners but it’s one of those situations where you need people to defend those, he would be an addition to that and he can also score goals.
But Vieira was a very good leader for the club after Tony Adams, that was always going to be the big question, who could lead the club forward? Patrick certainly did a good job as skipper.
So maybe that is an area that they will strengthen. We tried [Abou] Diaby but he got injured on regular occasions and [Alex] Song was there for a while but he has moved on.
That is the position they need to have a look at. [Mikel] Arteta did a great job last year but he’s getting that little bit older so I’m sure Wenger will be targeting players in that area.
They’ve got great players there in the likes of [Jack] Wilshere and [Santi] Cazorla but it’s getting the right blend as a team, the real question is can you get a few people working hard in midfield for Cazorla to show his talents going forward.
I was probably one of those sort of players for Arsenal, I worked hard, won the ball back and gave it to the likes of [Dennis] Bergkamp and [Robert] Pires who could really hurt the back four.
It’s about that blend; you can’t have all attacking players and you can’t have all defensive players so that’s what Arsene Wenger has got to work out.
Fellaini is a proven Premier League performer at an ideal age and brings with him a plethora of skills that would see him plug vital gaps in Arsenal’s armour. Fellaini is often misunderstood because of his physicality, and underestimated because of his sluggish style. But the Belgian is a hugely intelligent box-to-box midfielder who creates space effortlessly and has excellent awareness in both penalty areas.
At 6’4″, he would add much-needed height and physicality, in addition to Olivier Giroud, to provide more power and a set-piece danger, while his ability to get stuck into tackles and dominate opponents could make Fellaini the type of cult figure not seen in the red and white since Patrick Vieira.
And that’s not even talking about the goals bonus Fellaini offers, having been a regular scorer throughout his career including 12 goals for Everton last term. There’s no doubt Fellaini would be a costly player to acquire, but there’s equally few doubts that he could settle in perfectly at Arsenal.
I agree with Ray Parlour and hopefully Arsene Wenger is listening.If Wenger is serious about battle for the league it’s time to put his money where his mouth is and sign Fellaini who could well end up making the difference in nine month’s time. It’s do or die time for Arsenal.
What say Gooners?