Felipe Melo: Can He Be the Missing Piece of the Jigsaw for Arsenal?
As much as I love the speculation about Arsenal's pursuit of Lyon's Karim Benzema or having already agreed on a deal of 30 million-plus for Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery, any true Arsenal fan knows that what the Gooners really need is a tough tackling, no-nonsense, but technically gifted holding midfielder to play alongside Fabregas and provide the defence with the cover that they need.
Many names have been thrown around from Xabi Alonso to Yaya Toure, but could Felipe Melo, a man who has played every single minute of Brazil's winning Confederations Cup, be the one that ends Arsenal's five-year trophy drought?
I will be the first to admit that I had not heard that much of Felipe Melo or indeed seen much of him until this year's Confederations Cup. I had heard that Arsene Wenger was willing to pay 15 million for him, and if our normally prudent manager is willing to splash that much cash on one player, he must have something special in his artillery.
Having seen him in action, it looks like he is the missing piece of the Arsenal jigsaw. He possesses the hard-tackling, no-nonsense approach that a defensive midfielder needs, but he also has that quality to play a lovely through ball or produce that moment of brilliance.
With him alongside Fabregas, it will allow our captain to unleash his full creative brilliance and recapture the form he had when he played alongside one Mathieu Flamini.
Gilberto Silva has been persuading Felipe Melo to join Arsenal, and if this deal does come to fruition, then I can see Arsenal return back to their glory days and fulfill the thirst for gold that the fans have been starved of for the past five years.
In Arsene We Trust
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