“If Arsenal Wants To Buy Him, The Discussion Can Be Opened”

By on August 18, 2011

Arsenal have been given permission to talk with Marseille’s 26 year-old midfielder, Matheiu Valbuena as Arsene Wenger seeks midfield reinforcements.

With Cesc Fabregas out of the door, and Samir Nasri soon to follow, Arsenal have naturally been linked to a whole host of players who could possibly fill their void. Valbuena is one of those who has realistically been linked to a move to the Emirates, and now things are moving along nicely which could see the diminutive creative midfielder wearing the red of Arsenal this season.

Marseille’s sporting director, Jose Anigo is very much open to allowing Arsenal speak with Valbuena, citing the importance of respect for a long standing player and the prospect of a big clubs interest as to why he would allow talks. He said:

“It’s been six years since Mathieu Valbuena joined the club. If Arsenal wants to buy him, the discussion can be opened.”

”When a player has spent five or six years at a club, out of respect for him, nothing is closed. We are very pleased with him, but if a big club is interested in Mathieu, people listen.”

Valbuena is very versatile across the midfield, having played in wide positions in his youth career at Bordeaux, but is now primarily deployed as a central playmaker. His work rate however, sees him fly all over the pitch, with a good defensive work ethic mixed in with his eye for a pass and creativity further up the field.

He is small, but uses this to his advantage, being incredibly mobile on the ball demonstrated well in his exceptional dribbling ability. He would be a few inches smaller than his predecessors in Nasri and Fabregas if he were to join Arsenal, but he would also be a lot more physical too, adding some solid control and power to the Arsenal midfield.

Wenger vowed in an interview before Arsenal’s Champions League qualifier against Udinese that he would spend £30 million or £40 million of the right player came along. While one would doubt such a promise, Valbuena wouldn’t cost anywhere near as much as those amounts, and would be a comfortable purchase of around £15 million.

Arsenal need a player like Valbuena, and under the circumstances, Wenger would be silly not to move quickly for a player who’s own club have announced his availability.

Submitted by DBSFootball




  1. Tiemo Denison

    August 18, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Pls wenger should know that he must spend big to get quality players!

  2. Jack osulah

    August 18, 2011 at 11:48 am

    Me thinks,if by now arsene cannot seal this guy’s deal,the we’re turning the guns on us gunners this time round. Go,get’m wenger!

  3. Foley

    August 18, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    I don’t think we are going to get replacement for cesc and nasri even if we get them it gonna take a long time for them to blend unless wenger spends big

  4. Foley

    August 18, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Wenger should get cahill b’cos we can put much hope on koscielny also valbuena since marsielle are offering him to us to fill our void he is a utility player and he is young

  5. Foley

    August 18, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Wenger should get cahill b’cos we can’t put much hope on koscielny also valbuena since marsielle are offering him to us to fill our void he is a utility player and he is young

  6. siggi

    August 18, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    ————van parsie——————
    out fabregas 35. nasri 25. eboue 3. say we get 12 for bentdner. almunia 1. 76.
    in: metstecer 6. marcelo 10-15. valbuena 15. hazard 25. berbatov 14. thats 75 and a 1 millon profit. i bielievie it realistic geting marcelo sine madrid bought coentrao and 25 for nasri is a very good bussiness i always thought he was overrated he puts the L in LOSER!!! and if we bought berba we could somtimes pair him upfront with parsie and play 4 4 2 i thinks this could be a ligue winning team what do you say

  7. James

    August 18, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Valbuena is crap. You need to watch him play.

    We need to buy a like for like replacement for cesc like Sneider, Afelley or Mata

  8. siggi

    August 18, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    @james sneider wages ar to high mata isint for sale and i dont believie afelly is good enougf but we could sign yan mavila and put him in the dm and move wilshere into cesc posiston we dont need to buy like for like replacement for cesc we got players who could play his role at the club like parsie he could play like berkamp dit not like cesc dit and we also used arshavin ramsey and wilshere. i think we should use the money to buy in other positon like a striker dm and a left and a centre back

  9. siggi

    August 18, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    and ps parsie is going to be mouch better captain cecs ever did

  10. Dom

    August 18, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    wenger said in June, ‘I will add height to the team.’

    Valbuena is 5ft 5. great stuff arsene.

  11. Firdu of Ethiopia

    August 19, 2011 at 4:04 am

    believe me Wenger won’t splash z money he has got 2 buy players.rather he n z board may consider z money as profit of z club 2 distribute it b/n board members.

  12. Lil_sammie

    August 27, 2011 at 4:26 am

    Wenger should just try get us quality players

  13. Lil_sammie

    August 27, 2011 at 4:36 am

    There players outside there,four day left for d transfer window 2 close.we need player like Gary cahill,Eden hazard,sneijer…d money is there for wenger not signing it wil be a tough season al 2ru

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