Arsenal bid £18m for Chelsea's Alex and Florent Malouda?

We all saw Arsenal's performance against United on Sunday and nothing more needs to be said about that. Looking in from the outside (as...

We all saw Arsenal's performance against United on Sunday and nothing more needs to be said about that. Looking in from the outside (as some of my mates are Gooners) I am surprised that they have sold BOTH Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri in the same season as close to the transfer window as they have.

It's seems that Sunday was the final straw for Wenger as far as being "tight" with the transfer funds goes and expect Arsenal to make a number of signings to bolster their squad. With a left back on the horizon, it seems that Arsene Wenger has identified Alex of Chelsea as a main target for the North London side.

Looking at our options at centre half, Chelsea have JT, Ivanovic and David Luiz left if Alex goes. Oriol Romeu can also play at centre half so the cover is there if needed and we have to be realistic and remember what happened to us with the amount of injuries we had last season. We cannot leave ourselves too short.

Another thing to consider is the fact that Alex wants to be playing. He has more than enough experience and has played well when called upon as let's not forget, he forced Ricardo Carvalho out of the side because of his form and Carvalho struggled to get back into the team.

Alex is a solid no nonsense defender and under-rated in my eyes. He played in our opening two games of the season and did ok. You know exactly what you are going to get with him when he plays. He will win balls in the air, win tackles and give everything. You could argue exactly the kind of centre half that Arsenal have been crying out for, for years now.

Would he jump ship to North London if the opportunity came about? I think he probably would as he would play week in week out. So we will have to see what happens by tomorrow night.

Now to Florent Malouda and someone else Arsene Wenger is thought to be interested in. The rumour is that Arsenal have offered £8m for him and with just a year remaining, it could be a deal that Chelsea cannot refuse.

For me being a Chelsea fan and watching Malouda perform over the years I have to say he needs to be playing week in, week out to get the best out of him. His form over the years has been up and down to be fair and I think all Chelsea fans will tell you that.

Malouda is a great player, let's not forget that and provides a balance down the left hand side. He isn't afraid to come inside or get forward at every opportunity and you would imagine would suit the Arsenal side.

In my eyes once again, I think it's fair to say that most people have questioned the fact that in recent season, Arsenal have played central midfielders down the left hand side and have never really had that out and out left sided winger/midfielder there. Malouda would be perfect in that role.

Sometjing happened here with Malouda last season. What I am saying is that when he is enjoying his football, plays with a smile on his face and as at the top of his game he can win you games by himself. He has the same class about him as Nico Anelka with the ball at his feet and really makes a difference in games.

The problem is, when he isn't on his game, and the smile disappears, then he can become a liability. Chelsea fans will tell you that at times he is one of a number of players who slows our game down, lacks urgency in his play and never really goes to beat his man, get to the byline and get the ball in box. Well he doesn't and hasn't done it enough for me.

There are a couple of things to remember here about Malouda. He only has one year left on his contract, he wants to play every week and Juan Mata coming in surely now is ahead of him in the pecking order at Chelsea.

I honestly believe, if Arsenal offer the the right money for Alex and Malouda, Chelsea will sell up. Let's just see what happens..


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