Arsene Wenger has previously stated his interest in this winger and now may be the right time to pounce.
If there was one player currently plying his trade in the Premier League who seems as ideal a signing as possible who suits Arsene Wenger’s style and ethos then it has to be Everton star Steven Pienaar. Previously a Gunners target the South African International has been in marvelous form this term, capped with a wonderful performance at the Emirates last weekend that must have left Arsenal fans considering the merits of the 27 year old winger.
Clearly Arsenal have a number of options going forward and they have some handy widemen to call upon and others warming the bench who would walk into most Premier League first eleven’s but there is something about Pienaar that seems well worth considering making a move for. Now in his third season as a Toffee the former Ajax man is now firmly settled into the blood and thunder pace and temperament of the English top tier and appears to be making much more of an impact throughout matches than he did in his first stuttering season at Everton.
Valued in the region of £12m Pienaar has a good level of experience both from his Ajax days and now during his tenure on Merseyside and that makes a good change from the vast majority of players Wenger has opted to bring in recent years. Clearly Arsene likes to bring in up and coming players so that he can mould them to fit his way of thinking and so that he can teach them the ropes but the Everton man is pretty much there already and his recent performances highlight him as a player who is in fact above and beyond his current mid table employers.
David Moyes will be loathed to allow such a player to leave but recent history has shown the willingness of Everton players to leave for ‘bigger’ clubs as was the case with Wayne Rooney and Joleon Lescott and clearly if Arsenal were to make their intentions known Pienaar would find it hard to resist the temptation of a return to the Champions League picture, something he hasn’t experienced since his Ajax days when in 05/06 he came up against Arsenal and performed well in both encounters.
After seeing Everton achieve impressive successive fifth placed finishes in this first two seasons the talented speedy flair player may be disillusioned by the way his side has started this term and even though they have played some good football of late they are still in ten spot and well off the pace and likely to finish outside the European qualification places and therefore may be looking to move on so perhaps now would be a good time for the north London side to make its move and try to bring Pienaar to the Emirates.