With Arsene Wenger widely tipped to strengthen his Arsenal squad with experienced, quality players this summer, could Wenger rejuvenate his interest in Marseille’s Mathieu Valbuena? Last season Valbuena was continuously linked with a transfer to Arsenal however, this of course had failed to materialise. Marseille have financial problems and will be looking to trim the clubs wage bill further. In the January transfer window the influential Argentine Lucho Gonzalez rejoined his old club Porto, for a cut price £1.5 million representing a BIG loss on what Marseille initially paid Porto for the experienced midfielder.
If Arsenal make an interesting offer to suit all parties then Valbuena could well be on his way to the North London giants. Whether the french player is ready and willing to move abroad to leave behind his Marseille team- mates and french coach Didier Deschamps is another story.
In 2011 Jose Anigo, Marseille’s sporting director had stated previously “Mathieu has been with this club for six years and we’re willing to open talks if Arsenal want to buy him”. “We are very pleased with his performances, but we’re ready to listen to offers out of respect for the player”. Therefore, the club has signalled that if the player desires a move away from the club then they will not hold him back and allow him to fulfill his ambition.
The attacking midfielder is capable of playing both in an attacking mid position or on the wing. Mathieu can boast over 150 league appearances for Marseille, with a vast amount of experience in French footballs top flight. The french international would add: trickery, pace, skill and drive to the already talented Arsenal midfielder. In my opinion, Valbuena would prove to be a great signing for Arsenal to use in the attacking midfield position. Strength in-depth is so important for the club to strive to be the best they can be! Valbuena has fantastic close ball control and a powerful shot enabling him to score from long-range distances as proved several times throughout his career. Wenger could rotate the attacking midfield position with both Valbuena and Wilshere, for a starting berth. His versatility also makes him an interesting prospect for “The Arsenal”. Valbuena could soon become a fans favourite at Arsenal, for his work rate and desire if a move to Arsenal is on the cards this summer. The 27-year-old has great strength for a player of his stature, he would surely be more than capable of coping with the rigours of the Barclay’s Premier League. given time to adjust and settle.
How Much Would The French Maestro Be Available For?
Expect any interested club to pay a fee in the region of £10- £15 million for a player in his prime. A move to a bigger club could help the player cement his place in the french national team and increase his reputation as a dynamic midfield master.
He is clearly a very talented player with a vast amount of experience. Valbuena could prove to be Arsenal’s alternative to Mario Gotze, who recently signed a new contract with Borussia Dortmund signalling his intent to stay at the German club for years to come.
If Arsenal can negotiate a reasonable fee with Marseille for the playmaker I assure you Gunners fans will not be disappointed with what the player has to offer. I would be delighted if Arsenal complete a move for the talented player, along with a couple other quality additions. If Arsenal can strengthen their squad and keep hold of their prized assists then expect Arsenal to seriously challenge on all fronts next year…
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