Arsenal close in on Merseyside double swoop
Arsene Wenger looks set to add both Marouane Fellaini and Pepe Reina from Everton and Liverpool respectively.
Arsenal have reportedly triggered Fellaini’s release clause of £22million and the bulky midfielder is exactly what the club needs.
Pepe Reina is on the verge of an Anfield exit after Liverpool signed Simon Mignolet this week. Reina has been linked with a move to Arsenal for a good two years and now could be the best time to finally complete a move.
This appears to be the summer that Wenger finally relinquishes his cheque book and brings in ready made world-class talent, to the relief of Gunners fans everywhere.
The Belgian international had a fantastic 2012/13 campaign and was pivotal in Everton’s 6th placed finish.
Fellaini scored 11 times in just 31 league matches for the Toffees last season and was comfortably their top marksman in the Premier League. His threat some set pieces and ability to control any ball thrown at him at times made him unplayable.
Following his previous manager’s decision to join Manchester United, many had expected him to follow David Moyes to Old Trafford, however Arsenal are now favourites to complete a deal. Whether Moyes and United will meet the players release clause is yet to be seen, however so far Arsenal are the only side to do so.
Critics have mentioned that Fellaini doesn’t suit the Arsenal style of play, questioning his technique in the process. Although he may not be as gifted as the current crop of midfielders at Arsenal, his stern side and strength in the centre of the park will certainly bolster the squad.
Last campaign Reina suffered arguably his worst year in a Liverpool jersey and was continuously questioned my fans and experts alike.
There had been much talk over Reina returning to Barcelona, something which the goalkeeper would have certainly pressed for.
The news that Victor Valdes will remain at the Nou Camp for another season has come as a real blow to Reina, after it looked certain he’d depart this summer. Reina doesn’t want to wait another year to join Barca and Arsenal appear to have stepped in.
Arsenal have struggled to replace David Seaman, with only Jens Lehmann really doing himself justice so far.
The Polish duo of Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski have been as inconsistent as shot stoppers.
One week they’ve been superb, however the next let in a howler. At the very top level you need a steady goalkeeper and Arsenal will do well to find a better one than Reina.