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Blues linked with two midfielders

| Wednesday, 22 February 2017  27 Comments  [Jump to last]
Everton are supposedly interested in signing Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Walace from Hamburg.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has become a less regular starter of late in the Gunners' side but, like many at the Emirates (ex-Blues target Lucas Perez among them), could wait to see what happens with Arsene Wenger's future at the end of the season.

Brazilian Walace, meanwhile, is said to be wanted by Stoke City. His role as a defensive midfielder would probably make him an unlikely target for Ronald Koeman and Steve Walsh given how well stocked Everton are in that part of the pitch.

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Ron Sear
1 Posted 22/02/2017 at 08:55:57
The tabloids would have rendered the word 'supposedly' in capital letters.
Sam Hoare
2 Posted 22/02/2017 at 09:26:13
Arsenal are very much a side we are hoping to overtake in the next few years and so perhaps taking their fringe players is not ideal.

Having said that, I have always rated Oxlade-Chamberlain and at 23 he's got a huge career ahead of him still if he can put his injury problems to bed. He's quick, strong, skillful and crucially a very hard worker who I've seen be just as effective in central midfield as out on the wing. Perhaps he suffers from the Rodwell syndrome of having never nailed down a place.

While the Ox is mainly about pace and power, perhaps what we lack more is guile and that might be provided by another Arsenal fringe player. I'd take a good look at Aaron Ramsey, I've always thought he possessed great speed of thought and creativity in the final third and that is something we are definitely a bit short on.

Can't imagine either player would be cheap but I would be happy to see them in Blue.

Terry Underwood
3 Posted 22/02/2017 at 11:34:05
Buy a few more midfielders, keep the ones we already have, then we can play 1-8-1 – we should be able to dominate midfield.
Frank Wade
4 Posted 22/02/2017 at 12:17:32
We have Schneiderlin, Davies, Gueye, Barkley, Barry and McCarthy vying for 3 places if we continue to play our standard formations. It's unlikely that the recovering Besic will even see time on the bench, unless we have a major injury crisis. We also have exciting young talent like Walsh, Dowell and maybe add Williams and Baningime waiting for a chance. Put this one down to lazy journalism.
Stan Schofield
5 Posted 22/02/2017 at 12:33:16
Terry, the Holy Octet?
Barry Jones
6 Posted 22/02/2017 at 13:04:31
Oxlade Chamberlain would be a great asset and a type of player we are missing right now.
Peter McHugh
7 Posted 22/02/2017 at 13:39:34
Oxlade-Chamberlin is one of the best central midfield players in the league if you ask me. I would be amazed if they let him go.
John Pierce
8 Posted 22/02/2017 at 13:42:42
To my mind, Oxlade-Chamberlain's best position is in the middle of the park. Recently playing there for Arsenal, he was decent. Many Arsenal fans are baffled when he is played out wide.

I think both targets are unlikely as midfielders are not top priority at the moment.

Tom Bowers
9 Posted 22/02/2017 at 14:04:36
Ox is a decent player on his day. Having said that would he be worth a huge fee given that he cannot command a regular starting role in an arsenal side that is clearly not one of the best.
This however could be down to Wenger's decline as the man is past his sell by date.
If he is available get him for a decent fee but somehow I see more potential in Lookman.
Drew O'Neall
10 Posted 22/02/2017 at 16:19:35
I've seen him play a few times this season and not been over impressed.

Arsenal's season has fallen apart since Carzorla got injured – now that is the type of player we should looking for. He's the spark.

Lewis Barclay
11 Posted 22/02/2017 at 19:28:26
The Ox would be a great purchase, but I think his price will be too much for his talent because he's young and English.
Colin Glassar
12 Posted 22/02/2017 at 19:53:33
We will probably end up with Wallace Simpson.
Stephen Brown
13 Posted 22/02/2017 at 20:20:26
I'm with Frank (#4). We have an abundance of midfield players at the moment especially if we are playing 3 at the back therefore replacing the need for wide midfielders!

New CB , cover for Rom and new contracts for Ross and Rom are priority!

Lev Vellene
14 Posted 22/02/2017 at 20:35:40
Well, we're well bumped up in the lower middle by now! So I'm only primed to listen to red-top speculations about well-sculpted pectorals, or fast fists; to assist that, by now, well-padded middle...

Unless it becomes a solid speculation about the rocks-of-ages-to-come that are needed to provide the foundations for the aforementioned by-nature flimsy (as proved by the RM!) attacking prowess of the Mighty and Reborn School of Science!

Andrew James
15 Posted 23/02/2017 at 00:38:30

I like the guy and living in North London, they are fond of him, but he wouldn't move North and we have Tom Davies who is similarly a box-to-box player.

Lazy, lazy red tops.

Anthony Dwyer
16 Posted 23/02/2017 at 00:55:35
The Ox is a decent player, he can pretty much play anywhere across the midfield including wide areas, and he's much better than Cleverley, Deulofeu, Barry and Lennon, surely we could accommodate him.

The price would have to be right, but as he's English and only 23, I'd imagine his price is certainly no less than £20m.

I like Ox but I have a little feeling his ability to play in many positions could be his own downfall.

If we got him in he needs a position (right mid would be my choice), and he needs leaving alone and allowing to get a run of games to become what his potential says he can be.

I'd also guess a good few sides would want him, and not just Everton.

As for Walace, well I've never seen him play, but I'd guess he's a no go as he's a defensive mid and we have 45 of them already.

David Ellis
17 Posted 23/02/2017 at 04:47:08
Ox as a wide man – yes. But we don't need him as a central midfielder.

Ramsey... another story – I think he's a great player, but perhaps injury prone, and would he get in our first XI?? Maybe he would have to displace Barkley.

Matthew Williams
18 Posted 23/02/2017 at 11:10:55
Ox & Ramsey are both top players but our real priority must be in the striking department & a real creative spark in the middle of midfield in the Silva mould.
Mike Gaynes
19 Posted 23/02/2017 at 15:10:36
If we were to go in the direction of a player who could potentially replace Bolasie as well as covering the entire park... I'd much rather have Michail Antonio than Ox. I was really hoping we'd go in for him in January, before West Ham raised his wages. Heartened to see he hasn't signed a new contract. Still hope we might chase him in the summer.
Simon Bradley
20 Posted 23/02/2017 at 17:37:14
Kessie... Frank Kessie, I say. Sign him, biggest statement of intent we could make, and we will win stuff.
David Richards
21 Posted 23/02/2017 at 20:24:16
Let's use the great potential in the Under-23s. Just buy the odd good player when needed and bring the young lads in slowly.

In two years time, we will have a very good team – as long as Ron stays to see out his project.

Will Jones
22 Posted 24/02/2017 at 23:18:25
If you have one the of greatest managers of all time, not rating a player, then perhaps there is a reason behind it. The Ox looks good, sounds good, and has a good heart, but ultimately is not top 10 standard.

And as for the Hamburg player, let him go to Fulham or West Ham

Anto Byrne
23 Posted 25/02/2017 at 18:04:09
Sunderland huffed and puffed, had one chance, very plucky typical Moyes team. I see he had his penknife out for the gunfight.

I thought Bryan was unlucky and Gibson was a yarddog. Pieannar injured as per usual. 11 years of Moyes, who has proved to be a total plonker; he will be sacked in 48 hours.

Colin Glassar
24 Posted 26/02/2017 at 16:52:55
Forster, Wanyama, Van Dijk, Dembele. Common denominator being?
Dave Abrahams
25 Posted 26/02/2017 at 17:38:55
Anto (#23) – absolutely right about Gibson, he wanted Lookman booked for a tackle; it didn't happen. Two minutes later, he went in and kicked the kid and was booked himself; he was a disgrace over that.
Terry Underwood
26 Posted 28/02/2017 at 12:11:07
Sam (#2)... I remember buying a fringe player that did OK for us. A bloke called Kevin Sheedy.
Declan Martin
27 Posted 01/03/2017 at 21:49:13
Nice players if you can get them, but surely the priorities are:
- a central defender;
- a cover for left back (or indeed a replacement);
- a good goal-scoring forward, as an extra or cover.

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