Arsenal is where Sergio Canales should go.

Friday, 22 January 2010


A player that has been making all the headlines in Spain over the last couple of weeks is not Ronaldo in his pants, not Messi banging in a hat-trick, but Sergio Canales after scoring some wonderful goals in La Liga [Links posted at the end]. Sergio who? You may say. Sergio Canales, Racing Santander’s eighteen year old wonder kid.

In making all the headlines, he has generated quite a lot of interest from the usual suspects of Real Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal and of course Manchester City.

This week his father, Gelo Canales has been in the UK meeting up with the various English clubs who are interested in signing his son. However there will not be any move going through according to Santander’s president Francisco Pernia unless the club that is buying him agrees to loan the teenager back to the club.

"It is a condition that they have made [Canales and his father] without which the deal cannot happen because everyone would think he should remain here," Pernia is quoted as saying in AS.

Canales, who has yet to play a full game for Santander would certainly benefit from a move to Arsenal, not Chelsea or Manchester City or Manchester United or even Real Madrid.

Why Arsenal? Well, I see Arsenal as the club for moulding talent, when you look at Chelsea they have a plethora or strikers: Anelka, Drogba, Kalou and Sturridge in reserve. Manchester City has Tevez, Robinho and Bellamy, while Real Madrid also has a sea of talent. If Canales were to go to any of those clubs I wouldn’t be surprised if he ended up warming the bench.

The eighteen year old, needs to go to a club where he will most likely be playing week in week out, and I see Arsenal as being the perfect suitors for that. While he may have to be loaned back to Santander, that will give him a chance to develop. Arsene Wenger’s youth policy at Arsenal also makes them the best club for Canales to sign for, just look at the players who have been bought and developed there: Merida, Ramsey, Walcott and Fabregas.

On the Daily Mail’s website site today the headline goes – “Manchester City try to scupper Sergio Canales’ Real Madrid move by offering teen star £25,000 a week”

Of course City’s solution to everything is throw money at the situation and it will work itself out, but I don’t see Canales being motivated by money. He will want to go to a club that he can slot into the team and play.

This story is not over yet, and it is certainly is one that will probably run and run for a while, but one thing is for sure: a star has been born and that star is Sergio Canales.

Canales first & second goal vs. Sevilla.

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