After years of careful spending and a need for Arsene Wenger to balance the books at Arsenal it is wonderful to see the club finally entering the transfer market as a dominant force. Arsenal have conducted a series of first- rate signings thus far with the general consensus being that we have not finished making waves in the transfer market, just yet. There are plenty of reasons to be delighted with Arsenal’s transfer business so far, not only have we secured great value for money signings of genuine quality but we have also conducted considerable business early. Thus enabling the new additions to gel with the other members of the squad, coaching staff and get a productive pre-season under their belts.
Following the ongoing conflict between Ukraine and Russia, Douglas Costa was just one of several players who reportedly refused to return to Shakhtar Donetsk. However, Shakhtar have now confirmed that a number of players have now returned to training with the club including Douglas Costa. The Brazilian is said to be interesting several clubs around Europe, most notably Arsenal. According to widespread reports Arsenal are said to be keen on taking full advantage of the situation surrounding the club and are looking to make a concrete move for the winger. Reports claim that the Brazilian could be available for a fee in the region of £15- 20 million pounds a price well in Arsene’s price range. Yet, given the fact that the player has now returned to training this remains to be seen.
Are Arsenal truly best placed spending in the region of £15- 20 million pounds plus on a creative player when you consider the array of attacking Arsenal already at the club? Whilst, it is not yet known whether Shakhtar would entertain such an offer, hold out for a much higher fee or force Costa to honour his contract at the club. Costa would have to push for a move away from the Ukrainian club you would feel, with the club adamant in the stance that all players should honour their contract and return to training.
Arsene Wenger may look to move on our younger talent (either permanently/ on loan) in the likes of Joel Campbell, Serge Gnabry, Ryo Miyaichi and co or sell Lukas Podolski or Santi Cazorla possibly to accommodate room for the 23-year-old. On the other hand, Wenger may decide that it is well worth grasping the opportunity to add Douglas Costa to our already existing squad with both hands. Although, I believe that Gnabry and Miyaichi will very likely head out on loan at the very least.
Douglas Costa is a tricky, pacy winger with bags of talent and still considerable room for improvement. Although, playing in the Ukrainian league is one thing, being able to play for Arsenal at the highest level consistently week in week out is a completely different prospect. Douglas Costa clearly has the ability but such a signing can pose a risky investment when you consider the fact that the winger hasn’t been playing in one of Europe’s top leagues. If we do indeed push ahead and make a move for Costa a fee in the region of £15- £20 million pounds is well worth considering, seriously. Costa has stood out tremendously both domestically in Ukraine as well as, in the Champions League as an exciting talent for Shakhtar Donetsk against some strong opposition.
He can play effectively in a number of different positions including through the middle as a striker. His versatility, skill, set piece ability, flair and pace make him an interesting prospect. Arsene may decide to convert Douglas Costa into a striker, although statistically the Shakhtar star has to improve greatly as a goal scorer to be able to play as a striker regularly for Arsenal.
Whilst, squad depth cannot be underestimated we are already well stocked in the creative midfield department and I feel as though signing a player like Douglas Costa will push Joel Campbell out. Joel Campbell has spent time on loan across Europe for a number of years and he deserves to be given a chance to shine at Arsenal. Following a string of excellent performances for Costa Rica at the World Cup in Brazil, a successful season on loan at Olympiakos with a memorable eye- catching display against Manchester United in the Champions League it would be unwise to choose not to harness Campbell’s potential.
Arsenal are best placed to address other areas which need focusing on, for example, the strong need for a strong central/ holding midfielder. A quality, aggressive midfield presence can bring a bit of steel to Arsenal’s midfield and allow Ramsey and co the opportunity to express themselves further.
Personally, I believe that Arsenal are best advised to address other areas of the squad which need looking at instead of making a move for a creative player like Douglas. Despite the Brazilians flair/exciting style of play, Douglas would need to perform consistently at the highest level for Arsenal in order to justify his price tag. Under the guidance of Arsene Wenger and the attacking style of Arsenal’s play Douglas could very well take his game to the next level, reach his full potential and become a fans favourite at the club. I am sure Douglas would step up to the mark if he were to join Arsenal but I don’t see the need for the winger at this present time. If we can sign what we need and if then Wenger decides to sign Douglas Costa as a luxury signing increasing our squad depth, this can be justified.
Holding out for a world- class player like Marco Reus who reportedly has a clause in his contract as of next year (2015) would make more sense to me. Reus is proven at a higher level in a much more competitive league, he is also more clinical and has more to offer to Arsenal in comparison with Costa. Reus would be perfect for Arsenal. Reus is reportedly available for a fee believed to be just under £30 million pounds when his clause activates next summer, he is definitely worth holding out for. If there are signals from Reus/ his representatives that he would entertain a move to Arsenal in the near future we are better of seeing whether we can pull off such a signing instead of signing Costa now in my opinion.
A potential deal for Douglas seems dependant on a number of different variables. Arguments can be made for and against signing the Brazilian. You also have to also take into account the number of injuries Arsenal suffer on a regular basis each season.
This is certainly one to look out for but I doubt Arsene Wenger would look to strengthen a position we are currently well stocked in, unless the circumstances change…
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