Premier League Transfers – Arsenal

by Dejon

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

With 24 days to go before the new Premier League season begins, most of the 20 clubs have already made their move in the transfer market.

So, let’s have a look at which players have gone where as we have a look at the teams trading…

Arsenal won the race to sign Moroccan forward Marouane Chamakh from French Ligue 1 side, Girondins de Bordeaux on a free transfer.

The general consensus is that Chamakh is a strong and elegant target man. At 6ft 2in, he will be a force in the air and has that old adage of ‘an excellent touch for a big man’.

But how will this effect Arsenal’s attack?

Robin van Persie has been frequently used as a lone striker and since Emmanuel Adebayor and Nwankwo Kanu, Arsenal have not possessed this type of striker and now the midfield shall have an extra body to find at the end of their attacking flurries.

Does it mean that van Persie will play off Chamakh – assuming the 26-year-old  starts every week?

Only time will tell.

Joining Chamakh at the Emirates this season will be defender Laurent Koscielny and Dutch youngster Kyle Ebecilio.

Koscielny has joined for an undisclosed fee (believed to be close to £10m) from fellow French side Lorient, who finished one place lower than Bordeaux in seventh position last season.

He is a 6ft 1in centre-back who early in his career harboured ambitions of playing further up the pitch and went so far as moving from first club Guingamp to Tours to try and achieve it.

Suffice to say, he returned to his initial and most-natural role and gained a move to Lorient in June 2009, after he was voted the best player in his position in Ligue 2.

Koscielny is French-born and uncapped, but his Polish roots would enable him to qualify for ‘Biale Orly’ – the White Eagles, who will be co-hosting the 2012 European Championships.

He should fit in alongside Thomas Vermaelen as William Gallas and Mikael Silvestre’s contracts have run out and Johann Djourou – who missed most of last season through injury – looks to be his main rival for the spot.

Ebecilio was highly sought-after and the Gunners beat last season’s double-winners, Chelsea, to secure the 17-year-old midfielder’s services.

The compensation for his previous employers – Dutch Eredivisie outfit, Feyenoord – is thought to be around £500,000, which amounts to his training allowance.

It is a loss for the side from Rotterdam as just 12 months ago, they lost defender Jeffrey Bruma in similar circumstances to Chelsea.

Ebecilio will go straight into the youth side to prove his worth.

Obviously, the ongoing Fabregas saga should be coming to an end now after Barcelona head coach Josep Guardiola’s admission that it would take too much money to bring the Spaniard back to the club he began his career at.

But at the moment, the Gunners look to have made some shrewd acquisitions.

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  • Bill

    if the Gooners can sign a keeper I can see them winning the league ahead of Chelsea and Man City.

    Redknapp is such a knob, he actually believes the Spuds are title contenders, do me a favour guv!

  • Darren

    agree, we must sign a new keeper otherwise we’ll nothing again.

    Manure might actually drop out if the top 4 this season, no new players in, terrible midfield, 1 decent striker who will be carrying a very large portion of chips on it for the first few months

  • stevie

    bang goes another new centre back, Sol is staying for another year.

    Now lets spend that money on a proper keeper. PLEASE!

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