Scouting Michael Ciani to Arsenal

With Arsene Wenger confirming he will sign a defender for cover to both Vermaelen and Squillaci, rumours of a new center back are more frequent. One of those defenders that have popped up in the media as being in the Arsenal radar is Michael Ciani

He is Chamakh’s former team mate at Bordeaux, and tall too! Standing at 6 ft 2 inches is not a joke. Arsenal are always linked with tall defenders (Gary Cahill for e.g.) but have not signed any in the recent past.

Ciani has been quite impressive for Bordeaux after joining the club in the summer of 2009. He was especially strong and composed for Bordeaux in their Champions League campaign last season and has continued his consistency so far this season as well. So Ciani is definitely not inexperienced in the Champions League side of football. Infact he has already got one international cap. After France’s dismal display at the 2010 World Cup, it looks like Ciani could be looked upon and called up more often to the national side.

Michael Ciani Michael Ciani of Bordeaux gestures during the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Juventus FC and FC Girondins de Bordeaux at the Olympic Stadium on September 15, 2009 in Turin, Italy.

However, is he too expensive as cover for two frontline defenders? Probably. Michael Ciani would be atleast 10 mill and I’m not sure Wenger will gamble on a defender without Premier League experience to use as cover for January. Secondly, Ciani is also French. Arsenal have always been criticized for being the French team of England. It probably is true. Just imagine Clichy, Sagna, Koscielny, Squillaci, Nasri and Diaby in the same lineup. It’s all French. Fans are a bit wary of that and I think Wenger will be too to sign another French player for Ligue 1. It’s probably why we’re hearing more rumours of English defenders being linked with Arsenal, like Cahill, Upson and Woodgate. Not to even forget that Bordeaux will try a lot harder to keep one of their star defenders, after losing both Chamakh and Gourcuff last season.

I personally don’t see Squillaci as being our main central defender. He’s more like Mikael Silvestre of Arsenal type of player. Since Vermaelen’s injury just keeps getting worse and it seems like his role this season will be minimal, we definitely need to sign someone better than Squillaci. Ciani has all the qualities to be a formidable defender in the Premier League and possibly much better than Squillaci as well. So if the Arsenal backroom is as ambitious as they portray to the media, then Wenger should give some serious consideration in signing someone like Ciani. With just a few days left to the close of the transfer window, Wenger has to think quick!

    • MikE
    • January 22nd, 2011

    i’ll be sorry if, next season, djourou is back to being number four.

    he has played very well: is quick and tall and has come on leaps and bounds (sort of pun intended) this season.

    i would rather we signed a player who can cover rb, cb and dm too. or an older player as short-term cover – but not woodgate!

    • Roy
    • January 22nd, 2011

    Should be Verm 1st Cahill 2nd Djourou 3rd Kos 4th and Squillaci sold.

  1. am happy dat our manager,Arsene wenger is goin after many centre back,if ciani is not up to his reach, what about Germany player mertesacker i have seen him perform excellently,so i thing his just d best type 4 a good team like Arsenal.i better wish we go 4 him. thanks

  2. thanks to our management for their works to put d team up to standard am grateful as fans, but i will also insist we go for a tough striker,remember we have a world class team to play with in the champion leauge Barca so i will still advise we call back eden hazard signing, i thing he is worth a chance 4 a play or benzima if possible.i suggest we go for hazard cause his got d quality of play we need dor i know money is a fact here but i just think we would have to play around to have dat i believe we wont regret.

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