Arsenal Transfer Rumors: 5 Reasons Why the Gunners Should Not Sign Nani
With a subpar first half of the season for Arsenal, fans have been calling for the team to improve in terms of personnel during the January transfer window.
The 26-year-old Portuguese winger is a player whose quality is undeniable, and therefore would be a starter for most teams. While people argue that he has been benched due to his attitude, others say that it is a lack of consistency that is the cause.
It is unclear which is the case, but the bottom line was that he was linked to Arsenal by a Daily Mail article, which stated, "Arsenal are looking at a bold January swoop for Manchester United and Portugal winger Nani."
However, I believe that the Gunners should not sign Nani. Here are five reasons why.
As we all know, Wenger is not one to spend a lot of money on a single player.
Another Daily Mail article about Zenit trying to sign Nani says that the Portuguese international's price would be about £25 million.
This almost rules out the possibility of bringing Nani to the Emirates, since Wenger's most expensive signing in his Arsenal career was when he brought Andrei Arshavin from St. Petersburg to London, in a £15 million move.
Nani came to Manchester United in 2007, in a move that had Sir Alex Ferguson paying a little under £21 million for him.
A £25 million move would be a profit for the Red Devils.
Behavioral Issues in Training?
Earlier this season, Nani is rumored to have been in a fight with team mate Davide Petrucci during a training session.
According to a CaughtOffside article, this is what happened:
"Words were exchanged between Nani and reserve team midfielder Davide Petrucci after a training ground challenge at Carrington.
Nani later called the 20-year-old Italian over in the gym and the rest of the squad thought the pair would talk through their differences, but they were said to be stunned when Nani appeared to land a punch on Petrucci."
If this rumor is true, then it will be a big drawback for any club to sign Nani, because the last thing a team wants is a fight within itself, especially if it features a developing youngster like Petrucci.
The Style of Play Don't Fit
It goes without saying that Arsenal are a passing team.
Mikel Arteta, Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere and others regularly link up in the middle of the park for quick, short passing.
The most dribbling done is maybe a few touches by a winger before a cross, or an occasional Cazorla run through the middle to try and set up a goal.
But no one on the team likes to dribble like Nani.
At Arsenal, beating defenders is the result of a one-two, while Nani enjoys running past players, using moves which require tremendous amounts of skill and quickness.
I am not saying that either way is better, but a player like Nani would probably not fit it well with the Arsenal playing style, given that his exceptional talent is beating players with quick feet.
Nani would probably be a better fit for a team with a little more individualism, a team that does not rely completely on ball movement.
Less Playing Time for Wingers
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski.
Every game, one of these men is excluded from the starting lineup, due to the 4-2-3-1 formation that Arsene Wenger likes to use.
A Nani transfer would see two of these people get neglected from the Starting XI (assuming that Nani would start).
This would be a mistake.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's potential is clear every time he steps onto the pitch. He has speed, strength, skill, and he can definitely become a big part of Arsenal's attack in the near future. But match experience is the way to do so, and sitting on the bench does not make you much better.
Also, Lukas Podolski was not bought so he could stay many years at the Emirates; at 27 years of age, he has a limited amount of time at Arsenal. A Nani transfer may render his purchase rather ineffective.
Better Options for Less
"I'm not a teenager any more. I've played more than 100 first-team games and this year is crucial to develop my football career. I want to establish myself in the Premier League and in international football."
The article also states that Tottenham, Manchester United and Chelsea are in the race for Zaha. Although those teams could outbid Arsenal for a bigger player, Zaha's price probably will not be so high. The Guardian article states, "Palace will try to secure more than £15m for the player but may have to settle for something closer to £10m."
The Gunners have also been linked with other wingers, but maybe they don't need another winger, because it is possible that a striker or a central attacking midfielder will do the job for Arsene Wenger's side.