The Gunners are consistenly linked to every Tom, Dick or Harry in the transfer market with funds always ‘available’. More often then not Wenger’s side are eyeing up the big stars only to be outbid by their cash rich rivals, but occasionally the North London side manage to seal an astute signing or two. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar would certainly fit into that category – Stewart Downing however..your having a laugh?
The Dutchman has been a striker transformed since his move to Schalke, and besides being incredibly prolific last season (netting 29 goals in the Bundesliga), he scored in both fixtures against the Gunners this season in the UCL. He has earned plaudits all around the show for his performances since his move to Germany and with his contract set to expire next summer, Schalke have no choice but to offload him this winter window otherwise they risk loosing him for free in the summer.
The Mirror have reported a move is evolving, especially with the departure of compatriot and striking rival Robin Van Persie last summer. The prolific duo have battled it out on the international stage, with the former Gunners captain the preferred option, and now that he is longer in North London, Huntelaar is apparently interested at the idea of taking his talents to the Emirates.
Ex-Liverpool striker Erik Meyer, who shares the same agent as Huntelaar (Arnold Oosterveer), told The Sunday Mirror:
According to the information I have, Huntelaar will be gone in the winter. Arsenal are the favourites.
So there’s the good news, onto the hair-raising, catastrophic rumour – Stewart Downing to Arsenal. I almost closed allArsenal.com last summer when the Aston Villa winger was linked to the Gunners and thankfully the ‘King’ Kenny saved us when he brought the England international to Liverpool for a ludicrous £20m.
He proved my over-the-top angst towards a move to the Emirates by failing to contribute a single goal or assist last season, and has since been in the shadow of the electric Raheem Sterling. According to the report by The Daily Mail, Wenger is keen on his ‘technical ability to fit in at Arsenal and would provide balance to his team on the left flank.’ Absolute codswallop.
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Hopefully this is the last we ever hear of a proposed Downing to Arsenal rumour because personally I’d rather re-sign Squillaci on a long term contract and play him on the wing.
What are your thoughts on the rumours? The Huntelaar rumours are certainly strengthening, despite the best efforts of his Schalke manager to block any such deal, and he would be a brilliant acquisition for January. Feel free to comment below or in the Dutchman’s thread in the allArsenal forum.