Should Real Madrid Have Given Arsenal Huntelaar to Get Clichy?

Khalid KhanCorrespondent IJuly 30, 2009

LONDON - NOVEMBER 01:  Dudu (L) of CSKA Moscow tackles Gael Clichy (R) of Arsenal during the UEFA Champions League Group G match between Arsenal and CSKA Moscow at The Emirates Stadium on November 1, 2006 in London, England.  (Photo by Phil Cole/Getty Images)

Following the signing of fullback Alvaro Arbeloa by Real Madrid for $5.7 million, primarily a right back but set to play as left back, their summer spending is now only going to bring another player (Xabi Alonso?) in central midfield defense.

However there will be no top backup player for Arbeloa (should he get injured or needs to be rested for big games) except for the likes of Miguel Torres and Marcelo.

Torres is a better backup than Marcelo for left back and can improve in that position. Chema Anton and Marcos Alonso can come from Cantera but they are too young and inexperienced and Anton especially has lost steam in recent times.

Arbeloa came cheap but Real should have gone for Gaël Clichy in a swap for Huntelaar, even though Arsenal wouldn’t have been expected to sell their first-choice left back. Clichy is one of the best left backs around and he proves it with his consistency and his speed, just the kind Real Madrid need to fill a gaping hole on the left of their backline.

To fuel their signing, reduce the squad to 25-member La Liga limit and recover some money; Real have put several players on the transfer market. One of them is an outcast Klass-Jan Huntelaar and Arsenal and Tottenham are on the scene to lure the talented striker away from Santiago Bernabeu.

Stuttgart recently failed to sign Huntelaar as player refused to take a pay-cut. Tottenham will probably have lost interest by now after signing Peter Crouch, making Arsenal the only runner in the race to sign Hunter who have offered €17.3 million according to reports.

Huntelaar would be good replacement for Emmanuel Adebayor as he is both tall and possesses aerial qualities. Nicklas Bendtner is also tall but he is not better than Huntelaar. Huntelaar, a gifted poacher and finisher, is perfect for a lead striker role. Arsenal would also offer him the chance to play in the Champions League.

Huntelaar will thrive at Arsenal with his prolific goalscoring especially if he gets first team place to pair with fellow Dutchman Robin van Persie creating a fearsome offensive partnership in the Premier League.

The majority of Arsenal fans are clamoring for Huntelaar's signing.