Adel Taarabt to Arsenal – not as crazy as it sounds

Adel Taarabt

With QPR set to send Taarabt on loan next season, Arsene Wenger may do well to make a move.

The news that QPR are willing to send Adel Taarabt on loan next season is confusing, not least because his finest campaign to date was the year he inspired Championship promotion at Loftus Road.

In the 2010-2011 season, the Moroccan conundrum made 43 starts and one substitute appearance in the second tier, scoring 19 goals and providing 16 assists. He had 144 shots, 75 of which were on target, and he drew 99 fouls from opponents.

In short, he was magnificent.

After flattering to deceive during his early years at Tottenham, that outstanding campaign suggested he was on the cusp of fulfilling his potential. And while some may argue it is easier to flourish in the Championship than in the top flight, many have drowned in its competitive waters.

Taarabt, on the other hand, was head-and-shoulders above the rest.

But for all his starring roles, Harry Redknapp is said to be open to loan offers for the 24-year-old. And while Stoke City are reportedly considering a move, there is another Premier League club who would do well to grant him a temporary home.

While Arsenal may have been linked with moves for Gonzalo Higuain and Luis Suarez, both those transfers are yet to materialise. And fans may be wondering if that glorious new campaign they had envisaged is going to be quite as glorious as first thought.

While Liverpool are unlikely to sell Suarez to a domestic rival regardless of the fee, Higuain is now reportedly set for talks with Real Madrid over a possible stay, meaning Arsene Wenger may need to re-think his shopping list.

With Stevan Jovetic seemingly destined for Manchester City, the Gunners may lose all their main strike targets in a matter of days.

And while Taarabt is not a striker, he is a creative spark who has the potential to excel at the Emirates.

Even in the midst of the Rs disastrous recent season, the Moroccan scored 5 goals and provided 4 assists. Surely he could do much better given the platform to perform without the travails of relegation.

Securing a swift 12-month deal for the player would add a potential new catalyst to the midfield, while freeing up more time to focus on alternative frontmen.

Some players simply need the right arena in which to shine. And while Taarabt has always given the impression of believing he is better than some of his displays suggest, Wenger could be the making of him.

Taking him on loan involves little risk but plenty of potential reward. If it works, it will be hailed as a master-stroke. If it doesn’t, he can be sent back in a year with little more than the echoed murmurings of unimpressed fans.

Would Gunners fans welcome Taarabt to the club?

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