Monday, June 21, 2021

Unai Emery Could Shoot Himself in the Foot with Marouane Fellaini Signing

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Gunners. Shooting. A rather convenient pun to use in the title one would say but we doubt any Arsenal supporters would laugh at it at the very notion that their club could be going for Marouane Fellaini this summer.

The Arsenal supporters spent the majority of the last year asking for a change. This, however, will hardly be what they had in mind.

With Arsene Wenger out of the picture after a two-decade spell at the north London club, the supporters were hoping for a fresh hope. Despite the arrival of young Greek defender Konstantinos Mavropanos – which has largely been perceived as an anomaly – the signings of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan were interpreted as signs of (great) things to come.

Still, the most recent link with Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini, who also a part of the Belgium Squad which have the odds of 11/1 to win the upcoming World Cup, looks set to disappoint the Arsenal faithful all over again.

The 30-year-old Belgium midfielder does indeed look like a possibly odd addition to the Arsenal squad.

Those who have followed Unai Emery closely, however, will remember that the Spanish tactician had already been linked with a move for soon-to-be a free agent. It was during his time at Paris Saint-Germain that Emery was keen on Fellaini and the latest reports emerging from the Times are suggesting that Emery has already made contact with the player, scheduling the talks with Fellaini for Wednesday.

Less than two weeks after he was officially appointed as Arsene Wenger’s successor, Unai Emery now looks set to shoot himself in the foot as he moves forward with a plan to boost his squad with a player Manchester United did not exactly moved heaven and earth to keep at Old Trafford.

Jose Mourinho is a keen admirer of Fellaini’s qualities and is rating the Belgium player highly but the club was reluctant to sanction improvement on his £80,000-a-week deal with the Red Devils. Turning their head away from the former Everton man, Manchester United have opened doors to Arsenal to swoop in and lure the Belgian.

What remains as biggest worry for Arsenal fans is the fact their club went from being closely linked with a move for the likes of Sevilla star Steven N’Zonzi or Nice hotshot Jean-Michel Seri to preparing to commence negotiations with a player in his obvious decline.

Are Arsenal supporters living in denial, however?

The pride of north London will spend their second successive year out of Europe’s elite club competition and the lack of Champions League football is taken as a firm argument against their wishes and desires.


Milos Markovic

Formerly a Chief Editor at the largest sports site in Serbia, Milos Markovic is an avid football writer who contributes to a variety of online football magazines - most prominently and His feature articles, editorials, interviews and match analyses have provided informed opinion and views, helping the football aficionados keep up to date on relevant events in world football.



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