Who Is Arsenal’s Target Ciprian Marica ?

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Marica’s agent Ioan Becali has described the Romanian free agent as ‘a really great striker who has already got experience in western European football’ and this may be true in a number of areas of his game but it does not appear to be in the key department of goal-scoring, an area that, say Giroud picks up an injury, Arsenal will struggle in.

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Udinese. Feeder club to the world?

Made In Udine.

Made In Udine.

The publicity surrounding Udinese’s clearly superb scouting network has clearly grown since the sale of Alexis Sanchez to Barcelona for the princely sum of £23 million. This figure is all the more impressive when you consider that the Zebrette originally bought him for a pittance, a mere £100,000. The management and nous that they showed to turn him from a raw and inconsistent fledgling into one of the best wingers in the world sets an example to other clubs in the modern game. The recent return to Chile of Eduardo Vargas, supposedly one of South America’s top talents, is a depressing example of mismanagement. He joined Napoli for a large fee which definitely placed him under far more pressure than he was used to, and instead of simply loaning him back to South America straight away, he was left to sit on the bench, his first-team action hard to come by due to the burgeoning talents of Cavani, Hamsik and Lavezzi. Continue reading