Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Arsenal Transfer Prospects: Analyzing the Pros and Cons of Signing Ricky Alvarez


Arsene Wenger has been quoted as saying that he will be travelling to South America for the summer and it is likely that he will watch some players there. Arsenal were linked with the signing of Ricky Alvarez a few weeks back and it was reported in some websites that he was available on a free transfer. However, it has emerged recently that he still has a contract with Velez and the club are demanding a sizeable fee for the signing of the midfielder.

Arsenal's scouts have been active in scouting various players around the world in the past and a number of talented players have been signed at a cheap price due to this. Arsene Wenger is a manager who has helped develop many youngsters into quality players and though not many South American players have played for the club, it is of little surprise that the Gunners have been scouting players in the continent.

Though the leagues in Brazil and Argentina are not well followed over the world, a number of world class players including the likes of Ricardo Kaka, Angel di Maria and Robinho have come through the leagues in their native country before having success in Europe. Some of the footballers in the continent are gifted technically and possess a lot of flair in their style of play. Arsenal’s neat passing game will suit these players better than most other teams in the EPL and the Gunners should target players who can make a difference to the side.

Arsenal have been linked with a number of wingers including the likes of Gervinho and Eden Hazard in the last few weeks. If Samir Nasri signs a new contract and Cesc Fabregas stays at the club for the next season, it is likely that Nasri and Theo Walcott, who had a good 2010-11 season, are the most probable players to start on the flanks. With Arshavin likely to stay at the club after his recent comments, there is decent depth in this department.

Though Arshavin is one of the most creative players at the club as his statistics prove, he is no longer the world class player that he was when he signed for the club in 2009. He has been benched in a number of games this season but retains the ability to create and score goals when he is on the pitch. However, it is important to have a quality wide player who can take over from the Russian captain in the next season.


Though one cannot depend on youtube videos to make judgements on a player, not many would have seen his games for Velez in Argentina. It is important that Wenger signs a young wide player this summer who can bring in quality and also, be an integral player of the first team in the future.

Advantages

The youngster has been impressive for Velez this season and has been an important player for the club in the recent past. He can play in the role of a left winger or a attacking midfielder and Alvarez has excellent technique and has good crossing ability. He is 6’ 2” and looks strong and could cope with the physicality of the Premiership.

Though Alvarez has not been prolific for Velez, he has an excellent shooting range and some of his goals have been absolute screamers. He looks to be comfortable on the ball with either foot though he is stronger with his left foot which is an advantage considering Arsenal do not have a left-footed winger in their squad.

If a player of the quality of Eden Hazard is available for the Gunners at a price which is affordable for the Gunners, then Arsene Wenger is likely to sign the Belgian winger. However, it is unlikely that French champions Lille will sell their star winger for a cheap price and the likes of Manchester City and Real Madrid will further inflate player prices in the market. Though the signing  of a winger like Stewart Downing provides a relatively safe option, Ricky Alvarez has shown a lot of flair and could turn out to be an excellent player for the Gunners should he be able to adjust in the Premiership.

Disadvantages

The obvious disadvantage of signing a player like Alvarez is the price tag which has been set quite high by Velez. It would be a huge gamble if Wenger paid around £10 million to sign the tricky winger. Also, the manager and the player would come under scrutiny if Alvarez has an indifferent start to the season if he is signed by Arsenal which is possible considering that he has never played in Europe.

He suffered a cruciate ligament injury which kept him out for quite some time in 2008 and though he has recovered completely, there is a probability that he could sustain more injuries due to the physicality of the Premiership. Also, Alvarez might be frustrated by the lack of opportunities at the club in his first year because he will be behind the likes of Arshavin, Nasri and Walcott and could get his opportunities only in the cups.

If Alvarez is signed by the Gunners, it would almost certainly mean the end of Vela's Arsenal career. Carlos Vela is one of the players who has huge potential but has failed to be consistent when given the opportunity. He had a great chance to go to Bolton on loan and under Owen Coyle, it is fair to say that he would have got more opportunities than he did get at West Bromwich Albion.

If Carlos Vela decides to leave the club having not realised his potential at the club, it could mean that Wenger could opt to sign Ricky Alvarez with the money obtained from his transfer. Though Alvarez could turn out to be an intelligent signing, there is every chance that he could turn out to be like Bebe, who is still very raw though Manchester United paid a sizeable fee for the winger. However, Ricky Alvarez seems to be a more complete player and it could be a gamble which could pay large dividends for Arsene Wenger.

11 comments:

rohit said...

Ricky will be a good signing, you cant compare him to Bebe. The price tag might be kinda high though

Vijay Murali said...

I haven't seen much of Ricky apart from youtube vids.. I am only saying that he could turn out to be a player who is too raw for the Premiership like Bebe.. It could be a problem while I don't think it will be the case..

Price tag might be high but it could be worth the gamble considering his wages is not going to be high and also, at the age of 23, he will have a decent resale value of min 4 million.. so maybe worth a punt on Ricky Alvarez...

Thanks for reading and commenting..

Mitra said...

How can u say that the price ta g is high..if 10 million is considered as high for a champions league and epl competors which are one of the toughest leagues in the world and u do not expect to win these leagues unless u spend... but 10M is mediocre transfer fee and i read several articles sayin that falcao's transfer fee was high but if want to sign a striker who fill a role of rvp u need to spend money....and we fans say that AW signs unknown talents for lesser price and we blame him for not getting any trophies to emirates...when he is ready to splash whats mattering the fans whether its high or low he will bring in the required talent for arsenal to win trophies....and i think benzema wud be better even if he fails to play well in epl we will get back our money as he is already an established player but the case is different for falcao....

Vijay Murali said...

I agree with you that 10 million should not be high for a club like Arsenal but the player who has virtually had two professional seasons in Argentina is still a huge gamble.. considering we could invest that 10 million in a player experienced in Europe...

If the player is really talented according to AW which could be possible considering that they have sent scouts and he himself is going to South America, he should pay the requisite amount...

On Falcao, I think he is a quality player and even if he does not shine that much, they will get quite a good resale price.. I personally don't see either Falcao or Benzema coming to Arsenal considering that the club has to reinforce many positions and spending 25 million on a single player could be a problem..

alademeta said...

great work! you write really good articles and i enjoy reading them. but do you have any hint on the PSV player Blazs Dzusdsak? I think that's the player arsenal need more than Gevinho. Can you do a write up on him and lets know if you think it is better to get him other than Gevinho?

Vijay Murali said...

Hey alademeta, I haven't seen much of Balazs Dzudsak but from the little that I have seen, I must say he could be a good fit at Arsenal.. I have my doubts on Gervinho and I think this winger could be better for the left..

However, according to many reports, Arsenal have almost signed Gervinho.. but if he is not yet signed this week or if rumors die down, I will certainly do an article..

Thanks a lot for reading the blog.. Next up is Phil Jones of Blackburn

Anonymous said...

Hello, I'm from Argentina and a Velez Sarsfield fan. Ricky is a great player, explosive and unpredictable. I've folowed the whole season and during the las 6 month he seems to be the perfect player for any left or right middle position.
I'd love to see him play for the gunners!!
Best
Martin H.

Vijay Murali said...

Hey Martin, thanks for commenting.. I could not see any full match and this is probably the only article on the basis of videos..I think he is very talented but being a Velez fan, you are more likely to know more about him.. However, I doubt if Wenger is going to make a concrete bid and the player seems to want to move to Italy than England...

Anonymous said...

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TALENT!

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Guy Movie Blogger said...

I follow the Argentine Primera very closely and I think that Velez is asking just the right amount for Ricky. He has been very consistent this season, has matured in his vision and touch, and has the quality that Arsene seems to favor for his boys.

If the Gunners don't grab him, someone else will. There's no doubt about it.