The Blues paid £8 million for this player two seasons ago, and although he’s hardly been a revelation for Chelsea since arriving at Stamford Bridge, Arsene Wenger has clearly seen something special which led to the Frenchman enquiring about the striker’s availability.
The Independent report that Salomon Kalou could easily have become a Gunners player this summer, especially if Emmanuel Adebayor had decided to pack his pags and join Milan. Phil Scolari probably didn’t mean to reveal this in the post-match conference on Sunday, but when asked why he deployed the Ivorian in a central striking role, he had the following to say:
Asked why he considered Kalou as a central striker, Scolari cited Wenger’s opinion. “If you ask Arsène Wenger, he wants him [Kalou] as a No 9 so why shouldn’t I play him there?” Scolari said. “Arsène’s an intelligent man, so maybe he knows something.”
Arsenal fans, what do you think about this player? Would he have been a good fit at the Emirates, or do you think there are now enough striking options already, especially when Eduardo returns from injury? Kalou has only just turned 23 and it’s entirely reasonable to assume that the player will blossom into a top-class talent over the next few seasons. However, whether he’ll get enough first-team action with Chelsea is open to question.