Arsenal FC Transfer Rumours: Are Hugo Rodallega and Charles N'Zogbia Good Fits?
Wigan Atheltic completed a thrilling final day escape to ensure they maintain their presence in the English Premier League rather than endure relegation to the Npower Championship.
After enduring a tough season in which the Latics looked destined for demotion, Roberto Martinez's men continue their brave run to stay in the EPL since 2005 as one of the league's smallest clubs.
Had Wigan succumbed to relegation it is certain they would have lost the young, talented nucleus of their side which boasts some terrific attacking talent in particular.
Even with the safety of staying in the EPL, Martinez is still destined to lose two players who were pivotal in ensuring the Latic's place in England's top division.
Charles N'Zogbia and Hugo Rodallega were outstanding for Wigan and have been integral at the DW Stadium for consecutive seasons now. However, the duo have become two of the most highly regarded transfer targets for the upcoming summer Transfer Window with almost every EPL side eager to secure at least one of the two.
One club that is destined to be in the thick of the transfer speculation is North London giants Arsenal FC. A horrific demise late in the season ensured the extension of the Gunners' notorious trophy drought. It has now been six successive seasons since silverware last graced the North London club's territory.
Are Hugo Rodallega and Charles N'Zogbia Just what Arsenal Need?
Manager Arsene Wenger has vowed to implement changes into his young squad in order to intensify the Gunners' chances of success next season. With increased funds and a number of players destined to depart the Emirates, the Frenchman boasts adequate finances to attract premium talent.
Forward duo Andrei Arshavin and Nicklas Bendtner have both been rumored to want to leave Wenger's roster, and in the case no better replacements emerge, then Wigan's strike force will suffice.
1. Hugo Rodallega
The Colombian exhibits performances of superb attacking caliber and clinical finishing despite often being restricted by the struggling Wigan attack last year. Rodallega has amassed 22 goals in 94 appearances, rendering him Wigan's top goalscorer in the Premier League.
This season the 25-year-old notched nine goals, one of which was the winner against Stoke City that kept Wigan in the Premier League. In 37 appearances before 2009/2010 he notched 10 goals in 42 games.
Rodallega has the ability to become tremendously efficient. If he is registered into the Arsenal attack he would inevitably thrive. Nicklas Bendtner is almost certain to depart the Emirates; the Wigan sharpshooter would be the ideal replacement.
Rumored to cost up to £15 million, with the transfer of Bendtner that is speculated between £10-15 million, his acquisition does not hinder Arsenal financially. Rodallega is a powerful yet quick striker whose movement and clinical shooting ensure the Colombia international is an all-around threat.
Wenger would be able to utilize Rodallega on the wing, as a second striker or even lone striker. One has to take into consideration that Hugo Rodallega's skill and goal-scoring ability have been hindered by Wigan's inconsistent ability to attack, which is why Rodallega could thrive at the Gunners.
2. Charles N'Zogbia
Since then the 25-year-old has improved not only his attitude at Wigan but become one of the most scintillating and devastating wingers in the EPL. Quick, strong, intelligent and versatile, N'Zogbia was arguably the Player of the Season for the Latics and was earlier rewarded with a call up to the French national team.
Ten goals in 36 appearances was the final conclusion for 2010/2011 for the French international and now N'Zogbia is eager to achieve his desires to play UEFA Champions League football and achieve silverware.
A notable fan of the Gunners, N'Zogbia poses as the perfect, cheaper replacement for Andrei Arshavin on the left wing.
Furthermore, should Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas depart to Barcelona then N'Zogbia's services would allow play maker Samir Nasri to shift to his more dominant central midfield role and thrive.
Rumored to cost around £16 million, Wenger would be able to lower the price by offering the likes of Henri Lansbury, Emmanuel Frimpong, Carlos Vela or Kieran Gibbs on loan.
So is Wigan's attacking duo just what Arsenal need for their attack in 2011/2012?
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