Arsenal: Will Kalou and Bosingwa end up at the Emirates?
Talk about the agony and ecstasy in football. On Saturday night Chelsea pair Slomon Kalou and Jose Bosingwa were celebrating winning the Champions League final. On Thursday they were told they were no longer wanted by the club. But could Kalou and Bosingwa find a new challenge at the Emirates with Arsenal?
Arsene Wenger faces a crucial few weeks as he tries to convince star man Robin Van Persie to stay and prove to the Dutchman that the Gunners will be challenging for major honours next season. Wenger has already added German marksman Lukas Podolski to his squad, but that is not enough, especially when there are so many players who could be given the boot - flop Marouane Chamakh instantly springs to mind.
So what about Kalou and Bosingwa? They are hardly the type of player to make RVP suddenly think "Yes, Wenger does mean business this season," but they are Champions League winners and Wenger is a keen admirer of Kalou in particular, why I'm not particularly sure personally, but when has Wenger been wrong before? Could the Frenchman bring both of them to the Emirates?
Kalou is a versatile striker and could provide Arsenal with a number of attacking options. The Ivory Coast international is not an out-and-out striker. His goal record for Chelsea is only 36 in 156 appearances. But he has often been deployed on the flanks and he would surely beat that statistic in an Arsenal shirt, just because of the amount of chances Arsenal create.
Bosingwa is a tricky one. He has the pace and skill to terrify defenders and has a mean strike on him too. However, his defending can be schoolboy-like. Match of the Day pundit Alan Hansen, who knows all there is to know about defending, has criticised the Portuguese international repeatedly for his poor positional sense.
At one time Arsenal's success was built on its rock solid defence. For the past few years the Gunners' main problem has been at the back. Sloppy defending has cost the club dear time and time again. Wenger has brought in former defender Steve Bould to replace Pat Rice as his number two for this season and his first task will be to get the back four sorted out. If anyone can, Bould can.
In Szczesny, Arsenal have a top class keeper. He's confident, agile and extremely brave and talented. Vermaelen and Koscielny showed signs of a glowing partnership last season. Santos, Sagna and Gibbs still have room for improvement but Bosingwa would give Wenger another option. With Bould's advice, Bosingwa could, and I stress could, become a great defender.
The former Chelsea pair would cost Wenger nothing in transfer fees and that would suit the Frenchman - who must have Scottish blood in him - down to the ground. Wenger could add two Champions League winners to his squad for nothing and still have money left in the kitty to sign more.
Having endured the highs and lows in the past seven days, could Kalou and Bosingwa be back on form next season in the Premier League in an Arsenal shirt?
Calling all Arsenal fans. Would you be happy with the addition of Kalou and Bosingwa? Do you think their arrival would be able to keep RVP at the Emirates? Would they boost your current squad? Whatever your views we'd love to hear from you.