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Why Esteban Granero Is Perfect For Arsenal

Guest post by Real Madrid fan Abu Nada:

Esteban Granero is every Manager’s dream. A manager of a fully fit team would love to add Esteban Granero to his squad, so how about Arsene Wenger who has limitless midfield problems?

Arsene Wenger is looking to strengthen his squad’s midfield following the departure of Samir Nasri to Manchester City and Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona. Abou Diaby has been out since last season and Jack Wilshere has been out this season following an ankle injury. Mikel Arteta, Yossi Benayoun, Gervinho and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were all bought by Arsene Wenger during the summer transfer window, however, Arsenal’s midfield lacks strength and youth at this very moment. Arteta and Benayoun are getting old and Granero is a suitable replacement for the up-coming years.

During the last two years, Esteban Granero was and still is a bench warmer at Real Madrid, sometimes he was not even called up to the bench. He always tries his best to feature in a game but something always gets in his way. Two years ago, he appeared in many matches but then the arrival of German sensation Mesut Ozil, followed by his compatriot Sami Khedira and Benfica’s Argentine Angel Di Maria to the Santiago Bernabeu left him behind them and back to the bench.

Last season, Real Madrid were down 1 – 0 against Almeria, he came from the bench and scored a cracking goal to equalize in the 77th minute which forced Mourinho to use him in several Copa Del Rey matches. Then again, in the recent transfer window, Turkish duo Nuri Sahin and Hamit Altintop arrived at Madrid followed by the signing of Fabio Coentrao who regularly plays as a left back but was assigned to play as a center midfielder by Mourinho and the Brazilian Kaka coming back from injury who was like a new signing to Madrid made Esteban Granero hopeless. There he was, back on the bench full of talent but unfortunately, wasted talent.

Esteban Granero was built to play for Arsenal; he plays in so many different positions making him versatile. He can play as an attacking midfielder, central midfielder, defensive midfielder and believe it or not, he can also play behind the strikers. Reports are indicating that he would cost only 6 million Euros which is a great bargain since he’s young (24 years old), and is seriously talented. He is loved among his teammates. He will also add the joy needed to the locker room and between teammates when Arsenal is going through one of their regular tough times. He’ll combine a lethal duo with either Alex Song or Jack Wilshere when he returns from injury.

Arsenal is in desperate need for Esteban Granero. He is 180cm tall which will help him adapt to the premier league roughness and physical contact. Granero has champions league experience, he’s confident and he got the skills needed. Forget his skills on the field; many say that there isn’t a player on the Real Madrid team that is as dedicated as Esteban Granero. Several Real Madrid fans don’t want to see him leave the club, even though he doesn’t participate a lot. On the other hand, true Real Madrid fans want him to leave because he’s currently wasting his talent.

He is loved by his fans due to his charisma, leadership skills, commitment and dedication towards the club. He used to train when they had the day off. He always wanted to perform his best at training in order to get him a regular place in the team by Mourinho. However, he was treated unfairly and things didn’t work out the way he wanted, I wanted and all fans around the world wanted. I believe that he will try his best to make the Emirates stadium his second home. Arsenal will be the place where Granero will unleash his talent and he will shine there. An amazing player with HUGE potential, I wish him the best of luck if a move was completed to North London in January.

He’s young. He’s strong. He’s versatile. He’s a leader. He’s compassionate. He’s devoted. He’s dedicated. He’s committed. He’s lovable. He’s friendly. He’s Esteban Granero. Arsene Wenger and Arsenal fans, he’s yours.



  1. GoonerB

    November 15, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Interesting post and great to hear this analysis from a Madrid fan, i.e someone who has observed the player regularly rather than us all having to rush onto you-tube to form an opinion. You have definitely sold me. Many fans will question if he is good enough if he is not featuring for Madrid but (no disrespect intended) I think this situation can arise a lot at Madrid where excellent players are not getting regularly into the team due to the sheer numbers of players you have. Schneider and Van Der Vaart would be good examples of this. Many Arsenal fans feel we need more Midfield re-inforcements but I am not sure about this unless we are bringing him in and selling someone else. We play a 4-3-3. At the top we are choosing 3 mostly from RVP, Walcott, Gervinho and Arshavin and have the youngsters Oxlade-Chamberlain and Myachi to get some games as well. In the middle 3 we are choosing from Song, Ramsey, Arteta, Rosicky and the youngsters Coquelin and Frimpong (defensive midfield back up to Song). On top of that we still have Wilshere and Diaby to come back with Wilshere being an obvious first choice when fit. Will Granero add too many to this group or is he a better option than some others and he should replace them. He will not want to come to us to be another back up player and could he then force himself ahead of Wilshere, Ramsey, Arteta, Song, Gervinho, Walcott or Arshavin. A lot to think about me thinks.

  2. ruelando

    November 15, 2011 at 11:33 am

    As a real madrid fan also, i would be delighted if he does come to arsenal, i think he would fit in seamlessly. He is a hard worker who gives his all

  3. terry

    November 15, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    i think he can be a excellent replacement for diaby and i would also like us replacing arshavin with farfan and chamak with a good cf… we can be serious title challengers then.

    • Garry B

      November 18, 2011 at 9:13 am

      Diaby is one of Arsenals best midz when he’s fit.

      Strong, fast and surprisingly creative and skillfull

  4. bc

    November 15, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    are u his agent? he sounds like a world beater, amazing that he is virtually an unknown considering his undoubted ability. I have seen a little of him and he would be an excellent replacement for rosicky or diaby. hopefully we can get him, hazard, gotze and Mvila then sell Diaby, Denilson, Rosicky, Eastmond, Galindo, Meade, Wellington and Arshavin 4 mids in and 8 out.

  5. Goonerbeall

    November 15, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Sounds like someone we would be proud to have in the team. Someone who is humble, down to earth inspite of talent.
    CWelcome to Arsenal kiddo.

  6. max

    November 15, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    i’d welcome granero but he’s not the kind of player we need at the club. we have enough versatile midfielders in ramsey, arteta, wilshere and diaby.

    what we need is a true offensive midfielder like honda, dzagoev, hernanes, kaka, hazard, goetze and so on…

  7. anthony

    November 16, 2011 at 5:52 am

    Arsenal needs a guy like Esteban Granero, it would be best if Wenger loaned out Coquelin but we sur can do with some versatile midfielder like Granero….

  8. anthony

    November 16, 2011 at 5:54 am

    Arsenal needs a guy like Esteban Granero, it would be best if Wenger loaned out Coquelin but we sur can do with some versatile midfielder like Granero…. GOONER 4 EVER !!!

  9. MDennis

    November 25, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    I do agree that granero would give us something if we were to get him but I think that, that will only happen if we sell some existing players and there are a few I would happily swap with granero any day of the week. He would add presence to our midfield as we still seem to be short in the height department. Arteta is at an age where he hasn’t got as many years in him as we would have liked and granero at 24 does have that. I don’t think he’d be a backup player here, Arshavin is already on the fringes so is benayoun. I think he’d fit in but only if we sell otherwise I don’t think Wenger will buy him.

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