Arsene Wenger is a big fan and appears to be looking for some more firepower but is this move likely to see fruition?
Arsene Wenger has refused to rule out an audacious move next month for Manchester City striker Craig Bellamy. On the day that one of his long-term targets, Bordeaux’s Marouane Chamakh, said he would not be moving to the Emirates, the Arsenal manager admitted he would like to bring in Bellamy but fears he will not succeed.
Wenger desperately needs to strengthen his forward options after losing Robin van Persie for the rest of the season because of an ankle injury. Bellamy was outstanding for City in their 3-0 victory over Wolves on Monday night, but after initial allegiance to previous manager Mark Hughes, the Welshman has recommitted himself to the club and Roberto Mancini.
When questioned about the rumours, Wenger refused to dismiss them out of hand. “I like the player but I’ve not done anything,” he said. Asked if he is going to make a bid, he replied: “I don’t think we can buy players from City.” Bellamy is one of then most controversial figures in the Premier League, with a charge sheet that includes squaring up to Newcastle coach John Carver at an airport in 2004, accusing Graeme Souness, his manager at Newcastle, of lying in 2005 and swinging a golf club at Liverpool team-mate John Arne Riise in 2007. But Wenger is known to be among his admirers, the forward’s determination to win and pace attracting him. (Independent)
So what exactly does “I don’t think we can buy players from City” mean? Clearly Arsenal can sell players to the Eastlands side but perhaps Arsene Wenger thinks that Manchester City feel that Arsenal are direct rivals, a suggestion that many may find hard to swallow. The Emirates could do with another striking option and Craig Bellamy is definitely one of those players that you love when they are playing for you, whilst when he is playing for the opposition you wish him to fall flat on his face.
The Welsh International is in the form of his life of late and has been a great signing for Manchester City and even though he can be a headache off the field you can see that he gives his all whenever he steps onto the turf. Bellamy was also very vocal in his disapproval of the sacking of Mark Hughes and that has led many to believe that he may be keen to consider pastures new and perhaps the Gunners would be an attractive option.
Would Arsenal fans welcome the loose cannon at the club?