Samuel Eto'o wishes to hush Jose Mourinho by leading Arsenal to success.
The Cameroonian striker, whose Chelsea contract is all but complete, has all the motivation he needs to join the north London club after Mourinho previously made fun of his age and ability. John Cross of the Mirror reports Eto'o's intentions:
"Eto'o's representatives have made overtures to Arsenal to alert them about the Cameroon striker’s availability as a free agent. They have made it clear that Eto'o wants to go to the Emirates and that is his number one priority."
Neil Henderson of the BBC also posted the Mirror's back page for the story:
In February, Mourinho was secretly recorded berating his lack of prolific goalscorers. French television station Canal+ aired footage of the Portuguese boss saying, "The problem with Chelsea is I lack a scorer. I have Eto'o but he is 32 years old, maybe 35, who knows," reported by Matt Barlow and Matt Lawton of the Daily Mail.
Claude Le Roy, Eto'o's former international boss, said the player was "very annoyed" in an interview with Canal+, via ESPN. The striker, who celebrated his 33rd birthday in March, believes he can score goals throughout the rest of his career, reported by an alternate ESPN article:
Fortunately I can still score goals at 35-36 years. If at 36 and 37 I can score three goals at Manchester City it means that I still have some juice and I can even score until I am 50.
It takes more to worry me (than Mourinho's comments), I'm Samuel Eto'o. I really don't care, what is really important to me is to give my maximum to the team, to help them to win some titles.
Is Samuel Eto'o worth signing on a free for Arsenal?
Cameroon will be relying on their veteran striker heading into the World Cup. Despite previously suggesting he wasn't bothered by Mourinho's comments, Eto'o recently said, "Contrary to what a puppet says about my age, I am still physically fit. At 33, I feel real good. I have proven that I could do better than youths," per cafonline, via the Press Association and The Guardian.
Ironically, Eto'o was Mourinho's most prolific striker last season. He scored 12 goals across 30 appearances in the Premier League and Champions League, recorded by WhoScored.com. Fernando Torres managed nine and Demba Ba grabbed eight, as none of Chelsea's striking trio posted memorable numbers throughout the campaign.
Eto'o's highlight of his debut year in England came against Manchester United. He netted a hat-trick against the struggling club, but even so, there's no doubt the striker is having to work harder for less product, perhaps due to his age.
The once-lightning-quick striker's pace has slowed, his instincts dimmed slightly. Even so, he would bring great experience to Arsenal's squad and provide useful back-up to Olivier Giroud. Considering Wenger can be expected to spend lavishly on another striker—perhaps Karim Benzema of Real Madrid, per the Daily Star's Nick Lustig—Eto'o would help bolster attacking options that are currently limited.
Wenger may be tempted to give an opportunity to the player who has something to prove. Eto'o already mocked Mourinho with his "bad back" celebration after scoring against Tottenham, but he can leave more of an impression by helping Chelsea's rivals challenge for the title.
While Eto'o's overall play may be lacking the sharpness that has defined his career, he can still score goals. There won't be many free agents of his quality lurking around throughout the summer, suggesting Wenger may as well take a punt on an individual who appears hungry for future success.