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Arsenal target Bayern starlet


The award for the dumbest transfer story of the summer so far can now be handed out. The Metro reports that Arsenal have launched a bid for Bayern Munich player David Alaba.

Sorry Arsenal fans, you can call me pessimistic but I just don’t see it happening.

David Alaba is one of the most promising and coveted young players in world football. He has just won the Bundesliga, German Cup and Champions League with one of the greatest and most renowned clubs in the game.

That club have now brought in probably the most sought after coach in football, who having built what many consider the best club side there has ever been will now be looking to improve on what is already an excellent Bayern side.

Alaba after recovering from an early season injury was a virtual ever-present for the second year in succession at the Allianz.

His outstanding performances at left back have earned him many plaudits and his combination with Philipp Lahm is widely accepted as the best full back partnership in European football.

I don’t understand why 20-year-old Alaba would willingly choose to leave this club, this set up, this success to join a team who scraped into the top four in their league and who haven’t won a trophy for eight years.

The story suggests that Arsenal’s trump card is that they will offer Alaba, wait for it… a midfield role…!  

Really…is that it?

The paper says that Alaba was left frustrated by Bayern’s insistence on playing him in defence rather than midfield, no quotes but I’m guessing that he was too busy polishing all his medals to partake in an interview.

Surely if Alaba does want to play in midfield (and this is by no means certain) then he would simply discuss this with the incoming manager, not jeopardise the future success of his career by joining a clearly inferior team.

Lets for a second pretend that the story is partly true and that Alaba does want to leave because he doesn’t want to be the best left back in the world, I reckon that there might be one or two clubs ahead of Arsenal in the race for his signature.

Allen Whyte

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