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Which of these special talents should Arsene Wenger be making a priority?



Both Honda and Kagawa are sought after individualsBoth Keisuke Honda and Shinji Kagawa have been linked with a move to Arsenal in the past and there is no questioning of their ability but which of the two would Arsenal prefer to have on their books?

Although Honda is perhaps the elder of the two and possibly more experienced, his main position is as an attacking midfielder, with Kagawa more adept at the “second striker” role we hear so much about these days. Honda certainly knows how to find the net as well as Kagawa but it’s his movement off the ball that has caught the attentions of so many European giants.

There are players who can pass the ball exquisitley only for them to stand still thereafter, perhaps the ball played is enough however those who can pass well and then move instantly with an almost natural flair is quite something and not seen very often. Whilst the likes of Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson practically try to breed this type of player it is not always easy. Honda certainly falls into that category, he can pass, move off the ball, and most importantly perhaps, he can score goals.

Kagawa is three years younger that his international team mate, he has that winning experienced he gained with his current club Borussia Dortmund and although he may not have featured as much as he would have liked, that experienced of being part of a winning team is there, something that Arsenal are currently lacking in a very big way. There will be those that suggest the Premier League is harder to win, perhaps so, but try telling that to the likes of Dortmund, Wolfsburg and Stuttgart, sides that recently won the Bundesliga title. It could be said that Bayern Munich would normally win two out three titles in three seasons with one team happening to pick up more points than they do every now and then.

Both players would not be cheap. Honda currently plays in Russia for CSKA Moscow, a league that are no longer short of a few quid and there have been reports that he could fetch around £25m. Kagawa on the other hand plays for the current Bundesliga Champions and they know that at just 22 years of age, they have someone special. For some reason though if you are not Bayern Munich you can usually pick up good quality players in Germany for relatively little money. Mertesacker is a prime example of this, especially when one reads about the prices Bolton Wanderers are looking for when it comes to Gary Cahill.

Both have their positives and negatives but if Arsene Wenger could purchase either of the two which would you prefer?



  1. No1goooooner

    September 28, 2011 at 3:40 PM

    Hazard is better than both of then and is only 20!!

    Only problem with signing him is Barca or Madrid would take him of us is 3 – 4 years time


    September 29, 2011 at 2:57 PM

    I think he[Wenger] should just take both of them-Kagawa and Honda plus people like Cahill,Samba,Michel Bastos,Jagielka.Tim Howard,Eljero Elia,Gareth Bale, Hulk[FC Porto],Tevez,Riera Albert,Jose Dossena,Danielle de Rossi,Mark Schwarzer etc in 2012 January’s transfer window so as to be winning trophies [Arsenal].

  3. Brian Juma

    September 29, 2011 at 3:34 PM

    Arsenal needs to buy a good number of the following players in 2012 January’s transfer window so as to be winning trophies:
    GOALIES: Any 2 of these goalies:Tim Howard,Mark Schwarzer,Shay Given, Fernando Muslera[Uruguay],Rene Adler[Germany],Scott Carson,Sebastian Frey, Maarten Stekelenberg,Paul Robinson,Craig Gordon,etc.
    DEFENDERS: Gary Cahill,Chris Samba,Leighton Baines,Michel Bastos [Lyons], Subotic [Borussia Dortmund], Hulk [FC Potro], Kabole[Tottenham Hotspur],Scott Dann,Emmanuel Reviellerre,Jamie Ward,Felipe Melo, Zubar, Vasillis Torossidis [Olympiakos and Greece],Luke Young,Stephen Warnock, Barry Bannan,Fabricio Coloccini[Newcastle],Diego Lugano[Uruguay],Jack Rodwell,etc.
    MIDFIELDERS: Wesley Sneijder,Stephen Ireland,Jesus Navas[Spain], Eden Hazard,Gareth Bale and Giovanni Dos Santos[both Tottenham Hotspur], Cacau [Germany],Phil Jagielka,Gregory van der Weil[Netherlands],Shinsuke Honda,Michael Bradley and Jonathan Spector [both U.S.A],el Varane,Jack Coleback, Jermaine Pennant,etc.
    STRIKERS: Danielle De Rossi,Carlos Tevez,Eljero Elia,Arturo Vidal,Jonathan Walters [Stoke City],Diego Cavanni[Napoli and Uruguay],Kagawa[Borussia Dortmund],Dennis Oliech[Kenya and AJ Auxerre],Jose Dossena [former Liverpool player],Dyer[Swansea City],Vertongen,Mario Gotze,etc.

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