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Monday, September 1, 2008

Arsene Wenger Interested to Sign German Defender Christoph Metzelder from Real Madrid?

With summer transfer window closing today, it is not yet clear whether Arsene Wenger will land another midfielder to bolster Arsenal midfield line up. Reports out in the media suggest that Arsenal manager Wenger is trying to make a deal with Real Madrid for their German defender Christoph Metzelder. Well, do not take anything for granted yet, because neither Arsenal not Real Madrid has confirmed the news so far.

Actually, I am a bit puzzled about the report claiming Wenger being linked with German international Metzelder who is regular in German national side, but could not yet become regular in Real Madrid defense. Christoph Metzelder had to sit out on several occasions last season and that is why, I guess, he might also be interested to move to a big club like Arsenal where he will get more first team football.

Now, what made me puzzled is that Arsene Wenger is supposed to recruit a centre midfielder to fill up the void created by the departures of Mathew Flamini, Gilberto Silva and Alex Hleb over the summer. Moreover, Wenger recently let centre back Philippe Senderos join AC Milan on a loan deal, claiming that lots of options available in the defense line up. Then why he is going for another centre back- this is the question. I think, I can at least make a guess for the possible answer.

First of all, Wenger tried hard to land a midfielder and was reportedly linked with a number of targets including Gokhan Inler of Udinese, Alonso from Lvierpool and Gareth Barry from Aston Villa. Inler clearly played Arsenal offer down, while rumors surrounding Alonso and Barry move still prevail- but the amount needed to sign either Alonso or Barry may be little bit higher than what Arsenal is ready to pay.

Secondly, Christoph Metzelder is a tough tackling centre back with sheer experience of playing at top level of football. Though he is a specialist for centre half position, he could easily play the role of a holding midfielder as well. Moreover, he is not regular in Real Madrid’s starting line up as he won only 13 appearances for Real Madrid in his debut last season; so an Arsenal move might be enticing to the defender. May be these are the points that made Arsene Wenger interested to make a bid for the defender.

Again, I want to let you confirm that Arsenal’s interest about Christoph Metzelder is not yet confirmed from neither of the clubs. So, go for ‘wait and see’ approach in this regard.

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