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Thursday, June 28, 2007

Arsenal looking at Martins to replace Henry

Nigerian international Obafemi Martins moved to Newcastle from Inter Milan last summer and scored an impressive 17 goals in his first Premiership season. Arsene Wenger is looking for a replacement for the newly departed Theirry Henry and it looks like Martins fits the bill. Arsenal are prepared to meet the player’s 13m pound buyout clause.

Arsenal have yet to make any formal approach for the striker but it has prompted Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce to urge Obafemi Martins to reject any offer from Arsenal and stay at the club. He plans a sit down with the player at the next possible opportunity.

I doubt it will work. Martins would probably relish the chance to play for Arsenal and after proving himself in the Premiership is well worth the 13m pound buyout clause, especially considering Charlton’s wild overvaluation of Darren Bent.

Should Arsenal be able to make the deal, it would potentially be a saving grace. Martins could be considered a poor man’s Samuel Eto’o as the two have similar attributes. 17 goals in a season with injuries is impressive, and at 22 he has plenty of upside and would come at a much better price.

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Blogger chris.brown said...

Poor man's Eto'o? Ob Martins is the oldest 22 year old in the world. I have heard martins name for about the last 6 years and he was meant to be 20 back then!

He is fast as a gazelle but he was a laughing stock at inter because what those 17 goals don't tell you is that he had about 9000 shots and about 3 were on his right foot. They all missed bar those 17.

6/28/2007 3:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Signing Oba will be the biggest mistake Wenger will make. Apart from his pace, what else has he to offer?

If the club is ambitious at all, they should bring in Tavez. He is the only available player on the market that can be as huge as Henry if not bigger. Also, his age is not in dispute.

6/28/2007 3:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Martins was starting for inter at age 18 and he played for them a few seasons.

Although he may in fact be older than 22, how old could he possibly be?

6/28/2007 3:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm going to venture a guess he's around 35

6/28/2007 3:41 PM  
Anonymous big steve said...

all are these are good points. I was surprised to see his age at 22. I agree, Tevez is the only name in the prem we should go for, but I like the sound of Torres, and Eto'os situation is still unclear. What a shame we missed out on Bent ;-)

6/28/2007 4:08 PM  

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