David Villa: The Key To Saving Arsenal’s Season

Here we are with another transfer window, and once again Arsenal are being linked with almost every striker in the market. Today we’ll be focusing on Barcelona’s striker David Villa.

The Spanish all-time top scorer has been linked lately with a move to the Emirates stadium. It’s no surprise that Villa is looking for first team opportunities. Since his return from his broken leg injury, he didn’t manage to get back his spot as a regular starter in Vilanova’s team. If the price is right, the Spanish giants might be tempted to sell Villa to clear the way for new signing (possibly Neymar). But the question is, should the Gunners sign the player?

The summer signings of Podolski and Giroud are yet to prove to be clinical finishers at the top level, and so is Theo Walcott. They’re all good players and scored a good amount of goals this year. Arsenal’s attackers don’t seem to struggle against teams who play attacking football. When the space is available for the likes of Theo and Poldi, they can score easily. The games against Reading and Newcastle are good examples.

But the problem has been against well organized defenses who applied “Park The Bus” tactics, and that was obvious against Aston Villa, Norwich and Southampton. The gunners struggled to create any chances, and when they did, the strikers couldn’t finish them. What Arsenal need is a clinical finisher, a leader, a player who knows how to act in the final third. That was Van Persie’s role last year. He was more than just a striker; he was a leader, a play maker and game changing player.

At the age of 31, Villa has enough experience and skills to be exactly what Arsene Wenger’s side needs. He’s a versatile forward who can play as CF and on the left wing, Wenger can use him to rotate with Walcott, Podolski and Giroud, and they can also benefit from his experience.

We saw last year how Henry, at the age of 34, won Arsenal 2 games ( 1-0 against Leeds in the FA cup, and 1-2 against Sunderland) . Same thing with Drogba who was the main reason of crowning Chelsea as champions of Europe.

Villa still has a couple of years left in him and he’s available for around £ 15 million. I think that Wenger should go for it and bring the Champions League winner of 2011 to the Emirates.

Share your thoughts, Gunners!


Written by Ahmad Ezzeddine

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