What To Make Of Arsenal’s Interest In Odemwingie & Eto’o

By on June 23, 2011

As I reported in a post yesterday, Peter Odemwingie of West Brom has been left a little angry and frustrated by Arsenal’s wage offer which the Nigerian striker considered as “peanuts”. There was a mixed reception to the comments from a source close to the player, with some Arsenal fans similarly as dissatisfied as Odemwingie with the offer, saying that the West Brom striker is a very good player and one who could add a lot to the Arsenal side – more than the outgoing and higher paid Nicklas Bendtner. Others felt that that Odemwingie wasn’t worth Arsenal’s interest, and felt he should take the chance of an Arsenal offer immediately simply because it is a massive opportunity, despite the wage differences.

There was also however, a small outcry for Wenger to pull his finger out and try and spend some money on his main targets, rather than rubbing the club and the player up the wrong way by offering money which isn’t substantial for either the player or the club.

Odemwingie’s attitude towards his offer doesn’t really spell good news for any possible Arsenal offer for Samuel Eto’o, who has expressed an interest in transferring to the Premier League. The Inter Milan striker said: “I am now 30 years old and it is very important for me to think about my future before I sign what could be my last contract. I have already shown that I have what it takes to play in Italy and I now have the idea of proving myself in England.”

While Eto’o isn’t a typical Wenger signing considering his age, the Cameroon international has what many Arsenal fans have been crying out for for a while; world class, experience and a proven goalscorer. It is in stark contrast to Nicklas Bendtner, who has hardly shown the goalscoring form which Arsenal look for to pair Robin van Persie up front. Having a three time Champions League winner, with 250 professional goals to his name throughout a 15 year period as well as several Championship trophies in Spain and Italy is an immediate attraction for Arsenal.

However, if Arsenal cannot even offer Peter Odemwingie a salary which satisfies him, or surpasses a newly promoted club in West Brom in a wage offer, how will Wenger react to Eto’o’s huge wage demands? The former Barcelona striker gets paid around £7 million a year at Inter, and although Arsenal have been given the backing by shareholders financially, that is a wage packet which Wenger may not approve of.

Arsenal spent £111 million on wages in 2009, and earlier this year, the only Arsenal player in the top 50 football earners was Andrey Arshavin, who came in at number 47, earning just over £4 million per year. With Samir Nasri’s current demands, an Arsenal player may soo be going up in those rankings, but with Eto’o up in 4th place behind Ronaldo, Messi and Ibrahimovich, it looks as if Eto’o would be out of Arsenal’s league unless the player is prepared to take a massive pay cut.

At the moment, we don’t know how much Arsenal offered Odemwingie in wages; it could be that the player is a little over ambitious, or over rated himself, and is being greedy. We also don’t know if Arsenal have shown any interest in Samuel Eto’o; it could be that Arsenal will come back with an improved bid for Odemwingie, or perhaps focus on bringing Radamel Falcao to the Emirates.

So despite all the speculation surrounding Samuel Eto’o’s future, I think it is highly unlikely that Arsenal, and Wenger in particularly, would be prepared to break the bank and splash out a huge amount for the striker, but instead going for a lesser high profile player with lower wage demands. That, although some may be disappointed is by no means another Wenger bottler, because there would be very few clubs out there willing to equal or top the millions in salary.

Tell me what you think!

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21 Comments

  1. sleighchisale

    June 23, 2011 at 9:31 am

    arsenal should try their lucky on etoo

  2. Osazeodem

    June 23, 2011 at 9:36 am

    Don’t believe the hype! Odemwingie didnt have an offer from Arsenal its all papertalk. What a waste of an article, trying to get yourself brownie points?

  3. iqay

    June 23, 2011 at 10:02 am

    wenger is an arse hole.he should lace his booth and grace d pitch himself.

  4. Jay P

    June 23, 2011 at 10:06 am

    instead of eto’o, wenger should focus on Benzema. Ondemwii… is good and can play left and right wing too which can be a threat to arshavin to pick up his form but 29yrs he simply cannot offered peanut becouse he is heading to the end of his career in 4yrs time. that is for sure. i personally like german style of play. if arsenal need player makers to replace Cesc and nasri, that he must consinder the likes of Muller or Kroos. currenlty i rate no any any other defender better than samba and 12mil tag is actually a bargain. wenger should consider that the more you keep unhappy players in the field the more risk you are facing. let Cesc, nasri, clichy,denilson,bendtner, Rozisky, Vela and alminia go. bring is Samba, Baines, Muller, Parker, Grvi, Chamber… and Benzema. we have Ramsey, Frimpong and others who can make impact in the game as well. we will make it. mark ma word

  5. Obyno arsene nwankwo

    June 23, 2011 at 10:28 am

    Is arsenal a charity organisation? What r rosicky,denielson,arshavin,bentner,almunia,eboue,triore,doing in arsenal? Buy eto,gervinho,falcio,samba,parker. Retain myachi@all cost. SUPERB

  6. Obyno arsene nwankwo

    June 23, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Eto/odewing,falcio,vp,theo,nasri,fab,gerv,song,parker,wilsh,bains,samb,verm,djou,kosc,sagna,carl,gibbs,sieszsny,manone,biansky,diaby,chamackh,ramsey,miayachi.wat a dream team!!

  7. Jonathan

    June 23, 2011 at 11:02 am

    What to make of an article that is utterly false. F-. Must try much much harder. Sad really.

  8. Lisa W

    June 23, 2011 at 11:10 am

    What a silly article. PO has not even had an offer. Lazy journalism at picking up offerings from an internet rumour site. There needs to be an offer first before talks begin and as he still has two years left unless he has been tapped up (which Arsenal would never do!) then rumour mongering at its best!!

  9. VeXeD!

    June 23, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Wenger is one stingy tight fisted son of a bitch!Why can’t he just spend money on quality?We need trophies!!!!!!

  10. Aka Croc

    June 23, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Instead of anything , all this speculation and rumours mean nothing as always , everyone has been moving in the market and Arsenal as usual are waiting for the Bargain Bucket , nothing will change and no-one is leaving from the dead wood , we are in quicksand ,and we will be in the situation as long as Wenger is in charge , Usmanov is the only man i believe would have made a change to Arsenal 33rd richest man in the world for Christ sake , What is Kroenke doing? we just sit back and say nothing until the new season starts and all is forgiven , we will fail in all that we do unless we take action now and remove Wenger FACT , DON’T SAY I DID’NT TELL YOU SO NEXT SEASON …

  11. OWONIKOKO ABEEB

    June 23, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    I will huge arsen wenger to make use of these great opportunities. Coz this is Samuel Eto is a great world wide player that provides go when it is needed. And et even Odewimghe no 1 Nig striker that scores in every match in westbrom.

  12. Warren

    June 23, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Wenger needs to be buried in a unmarked grave. He is a real arsehole

  13. OWONIKOKO ABEEB

    June 23, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Arsen wenger shld make a gud decision on d 2 world class player, most especially samuel eto. The 2 can stop arsenal trophiless drought.

  14. Dylan

    June 23, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    What’s the point in paying a huge salary for a 30 year old with a bigger ego than ronaldo!

    • nono

      June 23, 2011 at 3:05 pm

      For Eto’o? He is worth it. Eto’o to Arsenal, if that happens,Arsenal will be guaranteed a trophy. Ask me why and i’ll prove it to you.

  15. song john

    June 23, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    arsene wenger should sign dis world class striker(S.ETOO)coz he is all ARSENAL want to end this six yr drought of trophy wear,and to our defence let him bring in samba.believe me through this sgnings we are ending this drought immediately.

  16. Adisa oladipupo

    June 23, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    I am tired of wenga,everyday rumour speculation,we shall c b4 ending of july.

  17. the realist

    June 23, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    If we can get Eto’o, we should. Hell, sell Nasri to finance it. god knows he “wants” to go.

  18. mac

    June 23, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    The problem we have today in arsenal is from the coach, that man WENGER need to pack all his belonging out of team. we need a change not every year young.

  19. Scott

    June 25, 2011 at 7:27 am

    West Brom have gone on record saying that PO is not for sale and no offers have been received, so how on earth can Arsenal be discussing wages with PO? If you are then you’ve made an illegal approach, naughty Arsenal.

    I may as well write an article about Vega discussing terms with Norwich…. has he signed yet?

    Lazy journalism. In fact it’s not even journalism.

  20. Aka Croc

    June 25, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    We are sinking fast and that man kroenke is doing nothing about it , wenger out now while we can breath a little , those were the days my friend we thought they would never end , they have to end now for WENGER .. GET HIM OUT …

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