[VIDEO] A Look At £15m Arsenal & Spurs Target Kévin Gameiro

By on March 22, 2011

Kevin Gameiro, a 23 year old French striker currently playing for Ligue 1 side Lorient is a reported transfer target for Arsenal. The forward has apparently been watched by Arsenal scouts sent by Arsene Wenger to track his progress – and they have been impressed. The young striker has played a total of 26 games this season, scoring 17 and creating 3. His consistency has also impressed Arsenal scouts, with talk of a move not distracting his on field impact at Lorient, with goals continuing to flow.

Gameiro is a fast, energetic player with good dribbling abilities, demonstrated in the video below. He is contracted to Lorient until the end of the 2011/2012 season, but the club president, Loic Fery admitted that it is likely they will have to let the player go:

“It is true that we are mulling over three options.”

“We can let him go when his contract expires, sell him in the summer or renew his contract. But the latter is complicated because we have made several incredible efforts and he has not accepted.”

Fey said in August:

“There is no such thing as an untransferable player. Gameiro, and players like him, can and will leave the club, even if we would prefer that they stay.

Tottenham were said to be interested late 2010, but did not move for Gameiro and Arsenal have since been linked strongly with the player who would cost around £10 – 15 million. The fact that he has rejected several contract extensions at Lorient suggests that he may have his eye somewhere else, and Lorient would surely rather cash in on him than wait until his contract runs its course.

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14 Comments

  1. Rustma Russia

    March 22, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Make a video with B52 goals, and he will look like a top player.

  2. Bongo

    March 22, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Rustma is right, except Bendtner will look even better because he scores a wider variety of goals than Gameiro did in that video. You watch some Bendtner videos and he scores some spectacular looking volleys, long shots and headers. Most of the goals in that video were one on one through balls and frankly Vela scores those too.

    • Davi

      March 22, 2011 at 2:50 pm

      Vela could be brilliant for us if we still played 4-4-2, but hasn’t fit into the 4-3-3 formation we play now. Gameiro could be the same. We do need more pace in the side, though.

  3. TheArtist

    March 22, 2011 at 11:30 am

    To compare Gameiro and Bendtner is laughable. They are on the opposite side of the striker’s spectrum. Literally like comparing Luis Suarez and Jan Koller.

  4. bc

    March 22, 2011 at 11:40 am

    If he was scoring 30 goals in the French league it would be impressive, Chamakh has the same sort of Returns as Gameiro and he was a freebie. Like the others before me, if you look at Bendners Arsenal return 45 goals from 69 matches started (a goal every 0.65 matches) and it is very impressive. He also has a good return at international level. Bear in mind too that he has probably been substituted in a lot of those games. OK he has made an incredible 72 subsitute appearnaces as well, but to be fair most of those would mean a 15 minute cameo.
    Bendtners return compares ok to RVP’s 78 from 139 starts (a goal every 0.56 starts) I am not saying Bendtner is a great player, but be careful of bracketing him in the failure category, as he closes in on 50 goals before making 100 starts that would bracket him with players like Frank Stapleton and Alan Smith who were not too similar in style, but not played out of position anywhere near as Bendtner is. I would like to see the lad given a run as a partner to RVP by playing 2 up front. I would also like to see us pitch Walcott down the middle, as he is not a winger. RVP, Bendtner, Chamakh, Walcott, Vela and 1 youngster (either Sunu, Watt, Murphy, Afobe or Freeman) competiting for 2 striker roles next season would be enough.

    • Davi

      March 22, 2011 at 2:57 pm

      Those figures for bendtner are a bit misleading because he does score a lot from the bench. Goals:minutes is the only way to look at it accurately, and I think from that his goal return would still be impressive, but perhaps not as much as a goal every 2 games (180mins). If his goal return was really as good as 0.65 per match, there would be no question about him being our main forward frankly because he also wins a lot of headers and plays good forward passes. I’m still on the fence a bit with nicklas. He’s clearly talented but hasn’t found real consistency. Some days his first touch is great and he sets up plays, and is capable of scoring all kinds of goals, but too often he doesn’t look up for it. Doesn’t mean he can’t improve but currently there’s something lacking. He, like vela, has been hurt by the change of formation. Walcott on the other hand does a great job for us on the wing in this formation, although I agree with you about him in the respect that he may well score more goals if played through the middle with a CF partnering him. Maybe even through the middle in our current formation, who knows?

  5. IvoryGoonz

    March 22, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Can we please stop talking about 20-23 yrs old players for 10-15m£?
    we only need 4 players to rock the boat.
    And they have to be EXPERIENCED players.
    Gameiro’s good, but would you prefer to pay £15m on a winger who will get injured and take time to adapt (will take same time as Nasri in best case) rather than bringing in what we really need?

  6. stu

    March 22, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    looks to be a good poacher, fox in the box kind of striker, think he would do a better job than bendtner

    bendtner is a striker that needs to be set where as it looks gameiro can make his own chances

  7. alfie

    March 22, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    Arsenal, dare i say it needs more penetration into the box, Bentner and Cham do not have that ability, (RVP is not that great either) This guy looks like he does!

    Bentner although has a good return this is mainly a reflection of his team mates setting him up. How many times do you see bentner score when he needs to run more than five paces.. not many.

    arsenal are a movement team not a static positional team… and as a shake up is needed to diversify then why not swap this guy for bentner….. (then we dont need to worry about him scoring against us in P-league lol)

    • Davi

      March 22, 2011 at 2:59 pm

      “Bentner although has a good return this is mainly a reflection of his team mates setting him up. How many times do you see bentner score when he needs to run more than five paces.. not many.”
      That’s down to his movement in the box as well. Van nistelroy didnt do much more than that and he was a great striker. Not saying bendtner is that good, but he has other sides to his game van nistelroy never had.

  8. kyoma

    March 22, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    We need a player who has a clinical finishing ability he look impressive by seeing the video but i think wenger may find the best solution of that.

  9. Sunny

    March 22, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    We all know Fabregas is going to leave sooner or later, im just praying it doesnt destablize the whole team like when Alonso left Liverpool.

    Even in the games when we have almost the full squad available and only Fabregas missing, we loose the penetration and slick passing.

    Eden Hazard or Gameiro will join Arsenal, its only a matter of time, their french speaking players, Arsene Wenger is like a god to them.

  10. sifundo

    March 22, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    we are tired to hear that Arsenal is linked to this n that and yet nothing materialises. If we have a target let’s go for it with vigour. Look at what Liverpool are doing with their new signing, Suarez. It does not matter whether the player is young or old, but experience and ability to deliver counts. We already have youngsters in our camp. what we only need is to beef up all our departments from the goalkeeper to the striker with 4 big names.

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