The latest words attributed to this long-term Gunners target sound like an exit speech, but is anyone listening?
Klaas Jan Huntelaar claims his focus is on Ajax rather than a future move, but it is clear he feels this season represents the chance to catch the eye of a big club.
The Dutch forward is one of the most vaunted players in European football and Ajax did superbly to fend off interest in his services over the summer.
Ajax are likely to have to relent to the forward’s wishes next summer, but it appears as if he will remain in Amsterdam for the remainder of the season.
”I am focusing on Ajax now and want to be champion this year,” Huntelaar said on Setanta Sports News. “That is my focus and we will see after that.
”Everyone wants to play at the highest level, me included, but first I want a good season at Ajax and then we will see what happens.” (Setanta Sports)
When someone says “I want a good season and then we will see what happens”, they are in effect saying that they don’t want to be there much longer. Also he is stating, quite accurately but slightly insultingly, that playing at Ajax doesn’t equate to playing at the highest level, another slap in the face for his Dutch employers.
Whichever way you look at it, when you’re a top player who plays outside the top four leagues (Premier League, Serie A, La Liga and Bundesliga), you will sooner or later want to move on to bigger and better things, this is equally true of the likes of Karim Benzema. Huntelaar is a fantastic finisher who wants to try his luck outside the average Eredvisie, Wenger is known to be a fan, but will he make a move for the striker? Do Gunners fans see Huntelaar as potential buy or do they have all the firepower they need?