Is Blaise Coming?

No doubt, this signing will not satisfy the large majority of Arsenal fans. But due to the fact that Felipe Melo has signed for Fiorentina and Inler no longer acutely on Wenger’s radar, could Arsene be ready to move for Blaise Matuidi? With St. Etienne signing Gelson Fernandes from Manchester City, it looks like they may be willing to let him go.

How much do people know about Matuidi? Routinely dismissed as an unknown product by many bloggers, it would seem that they’re unaware that Matuidi in his native country is viewed by some as the real successor to Claude Makelele. That title is also awarded to one “Lass” Diarra, but he quit our club amid fears of playing time in the Euros. I don’t want weak minded players like that on our club.

Matuidi, whose name has been misspelled by the infamous ANR, is excited at the prospect of playing for us. Most view this as a signing for the future, but his tactical awareness is superior to any defensive midfielders we currently have and even players like the overpriced Felipe Melo. Most fans see that Melo is the starting central midfielder for Brazil, and that seems to indicate that he would be the ideal signing. To me, he’s taller and perhaps stronger than Blaise, but Matuidi has everything else you would want. Remember Mathieu Flamini? Well, Matuidi is only an inch shorter than he is, but he can read the game far better than Flamini ever will.

At one point, he was rated at 10 million pounds. Now, English papers have been throwing around the 3 million pound figure as the pricing point. That seems like another sensible buy, certainly better business than what Manchester United paid for Gabriel Obertan.

I hope there is some substance to this rumor.


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