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A Tale Of 3 Ivorians

Over the past couple of days 3 Ivorians in London have been among the news/rumours/gossip. Two of the three were once part of Arsenal’s back 4.

It’s not a surprise seeing Kolo linked to Man’sheikh’ster City. After submitting a transfer request in the January transfer window, Toure’s future at Arsenal has been quite uncertain. Toure, a member of Arsenal’s Invincible team, was thought to be an obvious choice for captain after Gallas but Fab was Arsene’s choice for the role which is sure to have hurt the Ivorian.  Also Toure has since then not been a regular starter having fallen in the pecking order. With rumours about a bust up between Willy G and Toure it was speculated that one of the two would leave come summer. Toure looks the one more likely to leave. But Is Wenger ready to sell one his most experienced and (at one time) most consistent performer? I’m not sure. Toure is reportedly a target of Mark Hughes who has now shifted attention to his back 4 after signing almost half the strikers in the world. It would be sad to see him leave but if the guy doesn’t want to play for us anymore I wouldn’t want him to stay.

Another Ivorian being linked away from Arsenal is our very own, loved and sometimes ‘booed’ Emanuel Eboue. Like his compatriot Toure, Eboue has not been Wenger’s first choice since the arrival of Bacary Sagna.Although he has started a number of games as RM and he did go on a surprising goal scoring run last season but apart from that there’s not much to talk about him. Prandelli (Fiorentina’s Coach) was quoted as saying

 “Eboue is a very important player, He is a world class player. In attack he is second to very few players in his role.”  

World class player ?? Is he talking about the same Eboue we know?? Sorry about that..but his antics, goal celebrations (which are rare), are certainly world class. Agreed that he is one the most versatile players at Arsenal and is surely a kind of utility player every team needs but I wouldn’t mind see him leave. Anything above £6m for Eboue and I think Wenger would take that and hope to use it to add some more steel at the back. He is a decent player but nothing more than that. We need more than decent players to win the championship.

And the 3rd Ivorian in news is Saloman Kalou. Wenger has been an admirer of the 23 year old for quite some time now. After accepting that he tried to sign him from Chelsea a year back, it’s not a surprise that the striker is back on Wenger’s radar especially after the sale of ‘you know who’ and the injury to Nasri. Kalou( who btw has the same agent as RVP) can play on either wings and also as an out and out striker. Also the striker fits well in Wenger’s budget costing around £9m.But as we know transfers between Chelsea and Arsenal are quite complicated and it could take some time to materialize if indeed the rumours are true. I would love to see Wenger go hunting for Huntelaar but on second thoughts Kalou wouldn’t be a bad deal.

In other news, PV4 has been linked to Spurs. Not ‘Breaking News’ since it’s been doing the rounds for quite some time now. I would hate to see our former captain play for the spuds. A request from me and a number of my Arsenal crazy friends here to Wenger .  Get PV back..He still has a few years left in him and would be the perfect example for Denilson and Song.Also you wouldn’t have to spend over the odds for him so why not get him in…The fans will love him surely.  What do you think?? Have your say….

I hope Wenger is listening and also hoping for some positive activity (which means not selling players) in the transfer market. Just to add to all that.. Arsenal play a friendly against Szomb.. blah blah blah (Cmon..It’s a difficult name) on Monday. Don’t forget to catch updates from that game on my twitter.

Cheers and Keep Gunning!!  🙂

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  1. Gooner4life
    July 26, 2009 at 8:54 am

    Kalou would be a good buy…but i dont think we should sell both eboue and kolo.

  2. Dan
    July 26, 2009 at 8:57 am

    Yes Kalou has everything speed,finishing,creativity etc. He would be a great swoop

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