Arsenal shouldn’t be too bothered about Adil Rami’s apparent snub of the club.
Adil Rami has indicated he won’t be moving away from Valencia at the end of the season, which will be a blow to Arsenal as they’ve apparently been tracking his contract situation at the Spanish club.
It’s not a major blow to Arsenal for a number of reasons, which shouldn’t have too much impact on the way the club goes about the summer transfer window when it opens.
There’s a valid argument that Rami is no better than current central defenders Thomas Vermaelen or Laurent Koscielny which means by missing out on him, they won’t be missing out on an awful lot.
There are plenty of other central defenders the club could go after who are all rated in the price range of £7 million to £10 million who could do just as effective a job as Rami would have done in an Arsenal shirt.
Considering the cash reserves Arsenal have, there is a good chance that most fans will be expecting the club to go after a higher profile centre back at the end of the season.
The sort of centre back that will cost more than £10 million, may be the sort of signing Arsenal need to kick the side on another level next season as they look to close the gap on the best teams in England and Europe.
Rami is not exactly old at 27-years-old but any move he does make away from Valencia will probably be the last move of his career.
Arsenal should be looking for a younger centre back who has a longer future, someone they can invest good money in and use to base the future of the side around over the next few seasons.
This creates longevity in the defence and reduces the number of changes that Arsene Wenger will have to make over the course of the next one or two years as the back four grows.
Versatility is also important and it’s not something that Rami can offer Arsenal. He’s a straight up centre back who doesn’t have much experience of switching to a full back role.
Arsenal have needed players who can do this at points this season and they will need players who can do it next season, if they start picking up injuries and suspensions. The club can go after centre backs like Vermaelen who can switch and also play left back.
It’s a blow to Arsenal because Rami is an experienced centre back but he’s not the best and the best is what Arsenal need right now.
Arsenal fans, how much of a blow is this?
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