Why Wenger wants Etienne Capoue


Towards the end of the January transfer window, Arsenal were heavily linked with a new striker before the north London side confirmed the signing of Nacho Monreal from Malaga on deadline day. The left-back signed following reports that Kieran Gibbs would be out for up to six weeks with injury, while trusting Andre Santos in the role is about a daring as leaping over Springfield Gorge on a skateboard.

However, there is one key area that manager Arsene Wenger failed to address – the midfield. Since an injury to Mikel Arteta, the Gunners have been the bit less sturdy in the middle of the park, with Francis Coquelin nothing more than a bit part player and Abou Diaby consistently one week away from fitness.

Wenger may’ve attempted to bring in Toulouse man Etienne Capoue before the transfer window slammed shut, but ultimately failed in convincing the Ligue 1 side to sell their prized asset without a replacement secured.

The 24-year-old would effectively shield the defence that has appeared cumbersome and lackadaisical in recent months. It’s no surprise, in that case, that reports suggest Arsenal are to move again for Capoue once the summer transfer window opens.

Standing at 6ft 2in, it’s hard to miss the Frenchman in the middle of the park, while his ability to instigate counter attacks utilising his vast range of passing will only bolster his credentials and, with the likes of Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain patrolling the wings, Capoue can utilise the speed of the duo to stunning effect. 

Ben McAleer


One Response to Why Wenger wants Etienne Capoue

  1. [email protected] February 11, 2013 at 5:00 pm #

    I beg to be heard. It appears as though we are nothing but a bunch of mugfs you can tell lies and fabrications without care but I beg to differ. We are maybe a bunch with not so much as dosh or even good jobs like you lot but we genuinely love our ARSENAL and any slight to it is tremendously hurtful to us and by extension to our families. All those baseless headlines are nothing but very disurbing to us because for whatever reason this ARSENAL means a lot to us.

    Who or when did anyone who matters anounce anything about that Capoue? You just picked it out of thin air did'nt you?
    While we are worried sick that our beloved ARSENAL does'nt have anyone of value on the bench to come to our rescue whe the going gets tough you anounce that Wenger plans to bring Capoue when he could'nt even bother to bring Diame who would have costed nothing compared to flops like Ashavin. How long does it take to realise that Djourou was a Donkey that would never become a horse? And then you realise that Bartley kid we got rid for pennies is flourishing at Swansea. I am very angry so stop winding me up with your provocative articles.

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