Tuesday, January 31


By @SweGoon

It's that day we all dread, that day when all our hopes and dreams are smashed. It's DEADLINE DAY! Thank god it only comes twice a year. By the look of things it will yet again be a slow day if you're an Arsenal fan. But let's forget about that for a while, let's indulge ourselves in dreaming about who might possibly maybe come or go. Even though we all know it won't happen. So here we go.

Hugo Rodallega
Rodallega you say? What can he bring? Well, he would be that more direct offensive alternative that could operate both on the wing, as a lone striker or up front with Robin playing off him. Is he good enough? He certainly wouldn't be first choice in any position but he would give us more depth in offensive positions. For instance it would open up for Chamberlain to play in the center sometimes and carry some of Ramsey's load. Is this likely? Rodallega has definitely indicated that a January move might be imminent but it looks like maybe QPR or Fulham is a more likely destination for him. However, as far as potential players in on deadline day this year Rodallega is one of the most likely unlikely.

Yoann Gourcuff
Gourcuff would certainly bring both that depth we've all been dreaming about as well as top class quality in the midfield. But, no he won't come. Not even in a blog like this can I dare to dream about it. It's a no go.

Lewis Holtby
There were some talk yesterday about Holtby and he'd certainly be a smart signing. He could both support Ramsey and give us more options on the wing. Not really on the radar of any of the giants, probably not very pricey or salary demanding. So he'd definitely be a good option. For some reason I have a feeling that if we see some action today it might, just might, contain Holtby. But that's just my gut feeling.

Lucas Barrios
Very pacey, can play on the wing or up front. Would bring largely the same as Rodallega minus Premier League experience. Don't see it, seems very non-Wengerish to me.

Adrian Mariappa
Can play either as CD or RB and a the need for a utility player in defence has been imminent this winter. Could be bought for around £4m. Don't see him coming in unless Squillaci leaves. Mariappa would certainly bring something new to the defence with his Championship background, but would Wenger go for him? Not sure.

We could really use a good utility player at the back, preferably someone who is comfortable at both LB and RB.  Zabaleta is a good example, Zanetti another. Unfortunately those players are hard to come by and I can't really think of anyone that would be available.

One thing is almost certain, if we buy anyone it will be a to improve the depth of the squad. As for players like M'Vila, Hazard etc. forget it, at least until summer comes.

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