Why Fellaini won’t go to Arsenal…


Arsenal were linked last week with a sensational swoop for Everton’s Marouane Fellaini after the club’s chief executive insisted they have big money to spend this summer.

The 25-year-old Belgian had his best season under David Moyes last term since his arrival at Goodison Park in 2008. Deployed as an attacking midfielder, a further forward role than previously, he netted an impressive 11 goals and made 6 assists in the Premier League.

However, whilst there is no doubting his quality, I highly doubt rumours linking him with a move to the Emirates this summer.

He’s been heavily linked with Chelsea in recent months as well as Manchester United and whilst Arsenal could be an appealing destination for him, I wonder whether he’d prefer to hold out and see if one of the other options makes their ‘interest’ more substantial with an official bid.

He’d likely earn higher wages at Chelsea, and have a stronger likelihood of winning medals, not to mention the appeal of working with Jose Mourinho. Failing that, surely he’d prefer a move to the Premier League champions where he could reunite with Moyes?

Meanwhile, I struggle to believe that Arsenal are really that interested in him. What the Gunners really need is a defensive midfielder and, whilst Fellaini has played that position throughout his career, his role changed last term and he proved both effective and efficient in a more attacking role.

Arsenal need a defensive midfielder – a physical presence in a central area to sit in deep and protect their defence. Fellaini seemed to be enjoying getting forward, scoring goals and taking all the plaudits with Everton this term.

Arsenal already have Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere, along with Mikel Arteta, Aaron Ramsey and Tomas Rosicky too who can all play in that position. Is Fellaini going to want to go back to doing the dirty work behind them?

On top of that, his price is too high for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger – even though it’s fixed at £23 million due to his release clause, the boss is struggling to part with that amount of money for the likes of Stevan Jovetic who he’s reportedly haggling with Fiorentina over at present.

The last time Arsenal spent anywhere near that amount of money, it was for Sylvain Wiltord back in 2000, who remains their record transfer of £13 million.

Andrei Arshavin was the most recent – both he and Samir Nasri cost just £12 million. Can you really see Wenger spending upwards of £20 million on a 25-year-old ‘defensive’ midfielder?

That’s pretty much the price Arsenal sold Robin van Persie to Manchester United for last summer – is Fellaini as good as that?

Whilst Arsenal fans crave that kind of player in the midfield – that Patrick Vieira type – I very much doubt that Fellaini is the signing they’ll get this summer. His price, his age, his position, his other options just don’t add up, in my humble opinion.

Yes, the Gunners have money to spend but I very much doubt Marouane Fellaini is even on Wenger’s shopping list this summer. He doesn’t tick enough of the boxes to justify a record transfer fee for Arsenal.

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