Arsenal Prepare £13.75m Bid for Average Attacker: Why?

Emirates Stadium boss’s transfer plans continue to bemuse the world.

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Arsenal have expressed an interest in FC Twente striker Bryan Ruiz.

The Costa Rica international revealed at the weekend that intermediaries acting on behalf of Tottenham had sounded out his agent about a move to White Hart Lane.

However, Arsenal, who are in negotiations to sign Ruiz’s 19-year-old international teammate Joel Campbell, are also understood to have asked to be kept informed of developments.

Wanted man: Twente striker Bryan Ruiz is a target for several Premier League clubs

The 25-year-old Ruiz has a buy-out clause of £13.75m and can play right across the front line.

SOURCE: Daily Mail

No disrespect intended but if Arsenal are really planning a move to sign Costa Rican international Bryan Ruiz then one has ask the question “Why?”. Such a move makes little or no sense and if Arsene Wenger plans such a signing then it is surely yet more evidence that the Gunners boss just refuses to bring in established talent and instead prefers to ‘scout’ a relative unknown in the hopes that he can polish a rough diamond into a little gem, a process that takes a season or two to perform, during which time the North London club has fallen even further behind those sides willing to pay the market price for experienced talents who can do a job straightaway.

Whilst there is no doubt that Arsenal’s defence could do with beefing up there seems little real need to add more creative attacking players to the club’s squad, even if Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri scarper. The club’s back line looks very shaky, conceding more Premier League goals last term than in any season for over a decade.

Wenger’s policy to opt for less ‘obvious’ purchases led to the signing of Laurent Koscielny and Sebstien Squillaci, two players who clearly have not adapted well to life in the English top tier. Arsenal do appear to be chasing replacements for the two French centre backs but appear unwilling to pay the asking price for the likes of Gary Cahill, Phil Jagielka and Christopher Samba.

But back to Bryan Ruiz. The 25 year old has spent his entire career at the relatively ‘low’ level leagues so one has to wonder why a player of that age is still to make it to the likes of the Bundesliga, La Liga, Premier League, Ligue or Serie A level?

The Costa Rican has done well at FC Twente but is he any better than the players Arsenal have in the positions that Ruiz can play in.

On the wings Wenger has the likes of Andrei Arshavin, Theo Walcott, Ryo Miyaichi and others to pick from and up front they Robin Van Persie and back ups like Gervinho, Marouane Chamakh, Carlos Vela and Nicklas Bendtner (although the Dane is expected to leave).

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