Arsene Wenger has been given £70 million to spend this summer according to the papers today and he could do a lot worse than spending most of it on the 29-year-old winger.
Arjen Robben is set to square up against Arsenal in the Champions League tie this week and he’s lashed out at his current employers, because he’s currently sitting on the bench at the Allianz Arena.
“I’m on the bench, it’s disappointing. I can’t say that I’m really happy - when I come in I give everything for the team,” said Robben as per the Daily Mail.
Well we all know what happens with high profile players who aren’t happy because they’re not playing, generally they move on.
Arsenal have a chance to see Robben up close and if he plays a blinder against them, it could just convince Arsene Wenger to get on the phone to Pep Guardiola this summer and try to convince the former Barca manager that Robben is not fit for his Bayern Munich.
The experience would certainly be welcome because Arsenal are currently in the process of building a young team, which may take a few more years to develop into something special.
Arsenal fans accept this and they accept the fact the club has been paying back stadium debts, is it really too much to ask to give them an idol, a hero, a figure, someone dynamic and special to get behind.
It would also release Lukas Podolski to go and play up front for the team as an out and out striker, which is his best position as opposed to a slightly more advanced left winger. He’s not Thierry Henry after all.
Any fee involved wouldn’t exactly be cheap because Robben is a high profile player and someone Guardiola may be reluctant to let leave. However, Arsenal could afford him and still have cash left over.
Robben is currently behind the likes of Franck Ribery, Thomas Muller and Toni Kroos in the pecking order at Bayern Munich and he’ll more than likely feel a more experienced, better player than any of them.
It’ll be interesting to first see how Guardiola handles Robben in the summer and secondly, if Arsene Wenger is interested in taking a punt on him should he become available.
Arsenal fans, would you welcome Robben to your club?
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