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Despite Arsene Wenger’s usual insistence on Friday that he will not be shopping in January, the Frenchman also admitted he could be tempted, declaring that “if you knock at my door and say ‘I have a fantastic player for you’, I will not turn it down”.
Well, that knocking at the door could be in the form the news that unhappy Chelsea stars Alex and Nicolas Anelka have had their transfer requests accepted by the club.
Below is how the news was confirmed on Chelsea’s official site around 24 hours ago.
Apart from the prospect of Nicolas Anelka returning to the club where he first made his name in England, there is Alex who also has his Arsenal links. Infact, the Brazilian was rumoured to have been chased by the Gunners this summer as Wenger and company monitored his situation at Chelsea which has finally seen a fall-out between club and player.
Arsenal did eventually capture the ‘big’ defender they we hunting for in Per Mertesacker but with form and especially injuries always a variable factor in the Gunners’ squad, Alex could be a very useful addition to Wenger’s options in defense.
A move for the former PSV man could be on the cards, but perhaps less likely could be the addition of former Gunner Nicolas Anelka. The notorious striker is deemed unlikely to be persued by Wenger following how the 32-year-old disrespectfully boycotted a move to Real Madrid during his final days at Arsenal in 1999, leaving a terrible impression on the Gunners’ boss.
Nonetheless, it has been some 12 years since that incident, and with Arsenal in obvious need of an experienced and renowed striker to aid Robin van Persie, why not?
So what do YOU think of the prospect of Alex and Anelka being availabe in January?