Of course, one of the names that Arsenal fans have been talking about this summer is Lucas Biglia. We’ve been tracking the Argentina international midfielder for some time, apparently, and this summer we saw him in action for Anderlecht in the pre-season tournament down at St Mary’s.
I wasn’t particularly impressed, to be honest, but some say you can’t read too much into friendly games. I mean, Lukasz Fabianski had a nightmare against Barnet in the first game I saw him play. And what’s he been like since? I’ll keep quiet on that, I think!
Lukas Podolski, meanwhile, was electric against his former employers, Cologne. So we’re expecting big things from him, without wanting to heap too much pressure on his Teutonic shoulders!
Anyway, I think you can gather that I think some information about a player can be gleaned from a friendly. Based on what I saw, Biglia will do an okay job in the Premier League. He’ll be an adequate replacement for Alex Song, but I’d like to see us aim higher than that. Yohan Cabaye would be a step up, but if we get Biglia it will be a step sideways. And maybe we can expect a lot of crab-like running and passing too!
Inevitably, Southampton have been linked with Biglia too. The theory being that they’ve had a good look at him in pre-season too, so must be interested! The story goes that Biglia wants European football, so that rules the Saints out. The same goes for Everton, who judging by their purchase of Kevin Mirallas, like to buy Arsenal transfer targets!
Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Paris Saint Germain are reportedly other options for the 25-year-old midfielder, who’s only going to cost £6.3m. Maybe he’s worth a gamble for that price, but I won’t be jumping up and down celebrating if we get him. He might find himself walking in Ju Young Park’s shoes rather than walking in the park playing for Arsenal!