Nuri Şahin Now Supposedly Going To Liverpool

Posted: August 23, 2012 in Transfer Rumors
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So in about a week’s time, Nuri Şahin, has been all but confirmed an Arsenal player to now having lost out on the player as he supposedly is in advanced talks with Liverpool.  Whatever.  The Standard article says Arsène Wenger has “cooled on him.”  I declare shenanigans, rubbish & bollocks.  Other outlets are reporting that the deal is being scuppered by Real Madrid over the sticking point of Wenger wanting a loan-to-buy option rather than a loan only deal that Real is apparently offering.  So, for the Standard to suggest Wenger has “cooled” because of Şahin not being an “orthodox” holding midfielder is off the mark, in my opinion.

Do English writers even watch the football/soccer matches & teams they’re supposed to be writing about?  When did Wenger ever say he was looking for “an orthodox holding midfielder?”  The answer is that he’s never said it.  He said he was looking at midfield options.  This whole new crusade of Arsenal looking for a “defensive/holding midfielder” in the style of a hardman/destroyer/whatever is the new punditry and/or portion of fanbase-driven mythos of what Arsenal needs or should have.  Yes, the midfielders we’ve been scouting & been linked with this summer are of the “defensive” variety but as other bloggers & previous posts have pointed out, not only is Şahin actually more defensive, statistically but that a switch in midfield & overall team philosophy may even negate having to need an “orthodox defensive midfielder.”  (The English media have never been known  to be tactically astute).

I’m not saying Şahin won’t sign for Liverpool but to think that Wenger somehow is backing off Şahin because he doesn’t fit the ideal template of an “orthodox defensive midfielder” is complete bollocks.  Do we need an enforcer type of deep-lying/defensive midfielder?  Most likely so, however, what we want as fans & want Wenger might end up signing are two different things.

Anyway, trying to orientate  away from my rambling back to signings, if we lose out on Şahin, it’ll be no skin off my backside because if a guy wants to go to Liverpool to play in the Europa League, that’s his problem.

“B-b-b-b-but you’re just jealous, Curtisimo! Liverpool has won d’Champions’ League & can get back there next season!”

Well, how does that benefit Şahin?  If it’s only a year-long loan then how does Liverpool possibly playing in the CL next season benefit Şahin when he’ll return to Madrid?  DERP.  Furthermore, if Şahin going to Liverpool is only a loan deal, why does his agent supposedly have to travel to Liverpool?  It’s a loan deal, not a permanent signing.  Unless I’m missing something, it all sounds so typical signing drama the media likes to foment & get all us frothing at the mouth over it.

Anyway, if Şahin wants Europa League ball, let him have it.  It only means we’ll likely pursue Lucas Biglia, Etienne Capoue or Yann M’Vila, or some heretofore unknown guy Wenger is looking at all the more.  I’m still on record saying we need another fullback far more than we need some mythical, defensive midfielder tank (“English steel, mate! derpaderp!”).

Stoke/Orc City preview tomorrow for you.  Until then have yourself a good one & a cold one & I have a promotion playoff second leg against the same Stoke to deal with on FM10.  Let’s go, you Bristolona!

UPDATE: According to this BBC article, Şahin is going to Liverpool as well because they offered to pay a larger percentage of his £115,000 per week wages.  A guy who played all of four games for Real last year  & is 21 or 22 years old makes £115k a week?  And people wonder why Wenger doesn’t like to go after established players?!

Updated signing/departures list (updates in red):
Confirmed signings: Santi Cazorla (Málaga), Olivier Giroud (Montpellier), Lukas Podolski (1. FC Köln)
Confirmed departures (includes U21s & U19s): Benik Afobe (Bolton Wanderers- loan), Manuel Almunia (Watford), Kyle Bartley (Swansea City), Pedro Botelho (Atlético Paranaense), George Brislen-Hall (Norwich City), Alban Bunjaku (Sevilla), James Campbell (Dundee United), Joel Campbell (Real Betís-loan), Tom Cruise (Torquay United), Denílson (São Paulo-loan), Samuel Galindo (Lugo-loan), Ben Glasgow (Stoke City), Gavin Hoyte (Dagenham & Redbridge), Sean McDermott (Sandnes Ulf), Jeffrey Monakana (Preston North End), Rhys Murphy (Telstar Velsen), Oğuzhan Özyakup (Beşiktaş), Ryo Miyaichi (Wigan Athletic- loan), Alex Song (Barcelona), Robin van Persie (Manchester United), Carlos Vela (Real Sociedad), Sanchez Watt (released- Carlisle United?), Wellington Silva (Ponferradina- loan)

Likely signings: Nuri Şahin (Real Madrid- loan, loan to buy)
Likely departures: Andrei Arshavin (Al-Sadd [Qatar], Fulham, Galatasaray, Reading, Zenit Saint-Petersburg), Niklas Bendtner (Galatasaray, AC Milan, Inter-Milan, Spartak Moscow), Marouane Chamakh (Beşiktaş, Fiorentina, Rubin Kazan, Tottenham Hotspur, Valencia-loan), Łukasz Fabiański, Vito Mannone (Hull City), Chu/Ju-Young Park (Al-Ain [UAE], Blackburn Rovers), Sébastian Squillaci (Bastia, Olympiakos Piraeus)

Possible signings: Lucas Biglia (RSC Anderlecht), Etienne Capoue (Toulouse), Tongo Doumbia (Rennes), Omar El-Haddouri (Brescia), Cheikh M’Bengue (Toulouse), Stéphane Mbia (Olympique Marseille), Philippe Mèxes (AC Milan), Yann M’Vila (Rennes), Mbaye Niang (Caen), Steven Nzonzi (Blackburn Rovers), Paulinho (Corinthians), Jese Rodriguez (Real Madrid), Luke Shaw (Southampton), Kenneth Udjus (Sogndal), Emiliano Viviano (Palermo), Ki-Seung Yeung (Glasgow Celtic) 
Possible departures: Daniel Boateng (loan), Johann Djourou (Napoli), Conor Henderson (Charlton Athletic-loan), Henri Lansbury, Ignasi Miquel (Brighton & Hove Albion- loan), Aaron Ramsey (Fulham), Theo Walcott (Liverpool, Southampton)

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