Arsenal to launch ambitious £18m Liverpool raid

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The Rumour

Arsene Wenger is planning to go back in for Liverpool’s Xabi Alonso this summer.

Arsenal came close to landing the Spanish international last year, when Kop boss Rafa Benitez was trying to bring in Aston Villa’s Gareth Barry.

That deal looks set to be resurrected soon, leaving the way clear for 27-year-old Alonso to leave Anfield.

A year ago the Gunners were reluctant to meet Liverpool’s £16m asking price for Alonso but following another blank season they may now be ready to splash out.

The cultured star’s value is likely to have risen to around £18m, but Wenger and the Gunners board appear to have accepted they need to bring in established Premier League stars if the club is to end a trophy drought which goes back to the FA Cup in 2005.

The Source: (Daily Star)

The Analysis

The Arsenal faithful are an unhappy bunch at present after a series of poor performances in recent weeks have left them to complete their fourth straight season without a sniff of silverware. Arsene Wenger needs to appease the fans with some transfer market magic and most importantly he needs to bring in players with experience that fill the big gaping holes in the Gunners line-up.

A move for Liverpool‘s mercurial midfielder would go a long way to doing the trick. Ask any Emirates season ticket holder and he will rightfully point out the club needs a central midfielder and whilst Xabi wouldn’t negate the need for a Patrick Vieira type player he could work well as a partner for Spanish compatriot Cesc Fabregas and as a midfield duo they could well form one of the best pairings in the Premier League.

Alonso isn’t afraid to get stuck into the tackle and is also a great out man, a player who neatly bridges defence and attack with a smartly played pass and Wenger is known to be a fan. The one sticking point could be that Rafa Benitez wouldn’t want to offload such a talented individual to a fierce rival but having said that if the Anfield boss feels that Aston Villa man Gareth Barry is the one for him (and believe me that’s a decision that seems like a very silly one indeed) then he may well decide to cash in on the fans favourite in order to make ends meet.

The Likelihood

Xabi Alonso to Arsenal: Rafa may be keener on a sale to Man City but it’s a distinct possibility that Xabi may feel he is not wanted by his boss if he continues to pursue Barry and a move to north London could then become a reality.

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