Emirates Stadium side interested in Anfield wide-man, really?
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is ready to make a shock £10million move for Liverpool’s out-of-favour winger Stewart Downing in the January transfer window.
Wenger was outbid by Liverpool when he wanted to sign Downing in 2011 as a replacement for Samir Nasri and now believes he can rescue his career after the England international’s torrid time at Anfield.
Current Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers does not want Downing, who has lost form and confidence since his £20m switch to Merseyside.
But Wenger is convinced he has the technical ability to fit in at Arsenal and would provide balance to his team on the left flank.
Downing can also play left-back, which has been Arsenal’s problem position this season.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
Arsene Wenger has been guaranteed a decent sum of money to spend on improving his Emirates Stadium squad in the January transfer window but is there really any chance whatsoever that the Gunners boss would deem a move to sign Liverpool winger Stewart Downing would to be any help in that respect?
Brought in by Kenny Dalglish in the summer of 2011 the former Middlesbrough and Aston Villa man had an atrocious first season at Anfield but was nonetheless a virtual ever present during the Scot’s reign, however Brendan Rodgers has had little use for the England international, using him most frequently in Europa League action.
Rodgers has handed Downing just one Premier League start, which is no big surprise given that in the entire 2011/12 Premier League campaign he managed to somehow fail to score or provide a single assist, two fairly crucial roles required from a wide attacker.
One would have to question the reasoning behind an Arsenal move for a player who is pretty much surplus to requirements at a fairly mediocre Liverpool outfit. The idea that Downing may be thought of as a player who could be used to fill Arsenal’s ‘problem position’ of left-back is also more than just a little laughable.
Downing has only been employed in that position on a few occasions and Wenger has the likes of Kieran Gibbs, Carl Jenkinson, and if needed, Andre Santos to fill this role, all of whom would be a significant improvement on the prospect of turning to the Liverpool flop.
One would imagine that if Arsenal did make a £10m offer then Rodgers would gleefully take the money and run, but that’s an offer that would surely never come to fruition.