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Would you welcome Peter Crouch to Arsenal?

As transfer rumours go, then this is one of the wackiest I've seen this summer, with a number of newspapers today suggesting that Arsene Wenger is considering a move for Peter Crouch to replace striker Emmanuel Adebayor.

Variously nicknamed as the Stepladder or the Climbing Frame, the 6ft 7 in (that's 2.01 metres for all you metric people) striker may appear ungainly, but there's no doubt he's effective, as he's has been a thorn in Arsenal's side in the past, notably with his hat trick against the Gunners at Anfield in March last year.

In saying that, I'd be astonished if Le Gaffer was seriously looking to sign Crouch as the 27-year-old doesn't exactly fit the Gunners' style of play, although as a desperate measure, having him come off the bench to try to convert some of Gael Clichy or Bacary Sagna's crosses might appeal to Wenger.

The speculation about Crouch becoming an Arsenal player is down to one man - agent Vincenzo Morabito, who said on Italian TV that Wenger was looking at a number of possible replacements for Emmanuel Adebayor, including Blackburn striker Roque Santa Cruz, Germany forward Mario Gomez and Crouch.

Morabito represents Adebayor, so the talk is probably nothing more than a ruse to interest Italian clubs into bidding for the Togo hitman, but given that there isn't a whole lot else to talk about today, it would be good to hear what you lot would think of Crouch coming to the Gunners. Would he be an expensive flop? Or would his height and aerial ability give Arsenal another dimension in attack? Share your thoughts here.

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Posted by Gordon Masson on June 26, 2008 8:35 AM in Transfers
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I personally think Crouchy is underated, he has scored several goals against The Arsenal in the league and champions league. His feet are very good for a big guy and he is obviously strong as you dont see him getting brushed off the ball. His aerial ability is without doubt his greatest asset but to say he couldnt play The Arsenal way is harsh and I for one would like to see some English players at the Emirates as sometimes I feel I have nothing in common with the English side I have supported since I was 5, no English players and all these players on massive wages, no loyalty and as was shown last season not enough heart, maybe a few English players will give us that tougher edge like manure and chelski had and once we had.

Posted by: charlie | June 26, 2008 10:56 AM

bring him on. We do need another striker thuogh

Posted by: Ashley | June 26, 2008 1:09 PM

Peter Crouch to Arsenal? NO NO NO NO NO!

Posted by: Biscuitbum | June 26, 2008 1:44 PM

First of all, Adebayor is not leaving. 80 percent of these rumors turn out ot be false, and there is no way he is going and no way Arsenal is selling him. I know that these transfer rumors are out of control and make for interesting thought and off season discussion, but every rumor should be qualified by "this probably is not true, but". Second of all, there is no way the gaffer would bring in Crouch, who is nowhere near the quality striker that Arsenal would need if they sold Adebayor. It is somewhat juicy to think of the Beckham-like service that Arsenal's fantastic midfield could provide Crouch but they also need someone who can run at defenders which Crouch cannot do. If they sell Adebayor, they would need to spend that money on a player like Villa or another big time striker, not some robotic clown like Crouch.

Posted by: | June 26, 2008 5:04 PM

Stop giving these rumors any serious consideration. Arsenal is not selling Adebayor and even if they did, there is no way they would replace him with Crouch. They would need a major striker who can run at defenders, which Crouch can't do. It may be juicy to think of the possibility of the Beckham-like service that the Gunners' fantastic midfield could provide but it is not happening and should not happen. If Arsenal sells, they will buy another Eduardo type or even splurge for a David Villa type. They are not wasting their quid on some robotic goof like Peter.

Posted by: clichy22 | June 26, 2008 5:07 PM

Apparently we are going into battle with the spuds for him. I`m sure this rumour has been started by a pissed-off arsewipe afraid that Ramos is preparing a bid.

Posted by: Biscuitbum | June 27, 2008 1:09 AM

Certainly a very good player for England but no where near good enough for Arsenal.

Posted by: tony freeman | June 27, 2008 8:10 PM

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