Chelsea misfit attracting Arsenal attention

It looks increasingly likely that Florent Malouda will be leaving Stamford Bridge in 2012 after Arsenal appeared as the latest team to be interested in his signature.

Whispers suggested in December that the Gunners could be giving the French international attention but it now looks assured that Arsenal will make a bid after Malouda’s low involvement in recent weeks.

The 31 year-old has slipped down the pecking order with the Blues and doesn’t seem to feature in the long-term plans of manager Andre Villas Boas.

It’s understood that Malouda is seeking an extension that will keep him at the club until after the 2012-13 season, but with that seeming highly unlikely, it would appear that his departure is imminent.

The winger is contracted to the West London outfit until the summer, after which he will be allowed to leave the club on a free transfer.

This would lead one to believe that the side may be tempted into selling now unless his cover is really that coveted.

Malouda has made 15 Premier League appearances for Chelsea this season, however eleven of those came from the bench and the maestro is looking for more of a prominent role at the club.

With Euro 2012 just around the corner, Malouda will be desperate to feature in what could be his last major international tournament and more game time is the only way to attain that.

Arsene Wenger will be expected to fork out over £4m for the signature of Malouda, adding to the already strong French contingent at the Emirates Stadium.

Andrey Arshavin’s exit could be a potential deal-breaker in the transfer as he would free up funds as well as space on the pitch for Malouda’s deployment.

6 Comments
  1. 49Unbeaten January 23, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    If we have to buy Chelseas’ cast offs then go for Kalou. He’s always been a thorn in our side, he’s younger and better and we might just get the best out of him playing with his fellow ivorian Gervinho…..

  2. Joy chinyere January 23, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    I think u should forget the signing of malouda & sign the young man from real madrid

  3. samuel January 24, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Florent Malouda is defintely a player
    Arsenal need even at age 31 so when will
    Wenger sell off both Walcott and Arsha
    vin and bring in Malouda ?

  4. orymo January 24, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Its better u go for podolski… He ll fit in with his experience and would serve as a gud replacement 4VP wen he is out injured.. A very good midfielder who can stand as a good distributor of d ball will also help increase d fluidity of d pattern we play… A spanish midfielder preferably with d touch… I know most arsenal fans would desire dis change…

  5. Ernybest63 January 24, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    People used to believe Arsene has a policy of not signing old players or extending their contracts beyond one year.It is clear he has no policy other than buying where it is cheap.Which is actually why he buys young and unknown players-not really for Arsenal’s long term interest for as soon as they become mature and valuable he sells for cash.So now I know what drives him-cash for his retirement.

  6. abiola February 4, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    If arsenal are to land any of chelsea’s misfits,they should exchange players like walcott and arshavin for kalou and malouda. simple.

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