Jun 08

Arsenal Transfer Analysis: Peter Odemwingie

29, Forward, West Bromwich Albion

Peter Odemwingie is approaching 30 and highly valued at West Brom with good reason. He kept them in the Premier League. He’s quick, positive and difficult to play against. Odemwingie managed to hurt Arsenal twice in one season in the home and away games. When I considered reasons to buy, I recalled that one intelligent management practice used to develop current playing personnel -particularly defenders- is to buy players that have exposed weaknesses. 

Through playing your defenders directly against those players in 5 a sides on the training ground after signing them, those defenders will eventually become more able to play against that style of attacker. Alex Ferguson has utilised this technique on various occasions; successfully signing Andy Cole, and attempting but failing to buy Collymore, Shearer and Anderton (all of whom hurt Manchester United in various games). 

Djourou loses concentration at important times and that costs goals, which is why his worst opponent would be a quick workhorse like Rooney, Tevez or Odemwingie who snap around his ankles and seize on his errors. It is not the ambitious, world class striker signing we yearn for – but it just might prove a masterstroke. 

Surrounded by quick-pass technical players he’d get chances in front of goal and would some of them. His lack of height wouldn’t help at set pieces and Arsenal need height across the spine. As a quick, lean runner onto through balls; I don’t see Wenger playing him and Walcott in the same team either apart from at away games against slow defenders. There is a need for an additional player of Ofemwingie’s style. As I’ve written before; the balance of the Arsenal squad has too many players that run toward the ball and not enough that run away from it. Some players make chances and others take them. Most too players fit into one category, and very few fit into both – bar Nasri, Messi and hardly any others. They have a ‘dual game.’ 

Odemwingie is clearly a taker of chances, a less dynamic or lethal Javier Hernandez. My concern is that Odemwingie’s success has been borne out playing in a counter attacking team with space to run into. Most teams that play Arsenal sit very deep and absorb the other team possessing the ball, throwing banks of players behind it. Robin Van Persie is a touch player that learned to play on the streets, doing what we called ‘hogging’ – keeping the ball. He was exceptional at it growing up and this is why he can think so quickly and adjust in small spaces. Just look at his goal in the Carling Cup Final. Few players in the world would have scored that. Van Persie, like Bergkamp and more so than Henry, is readily adapted to playing in this team. Odemwingie? Not so much.

Ultimately, Odemwingie has his merits as an Arsenal signing. He could get 12-15 goals as a squad player next season. However – he is not a long or maybe even medium-term option given his age and the emergence of Benik Afobe through the academy. Interestingly, I suspect that if he joins then I am certain Carlos Vela will no longer be a part of Arsenal’s future. A better alternative for this type of player to the Arsenal squad might just be Lukas Podolski. Though not a natural predator as Odemwingie is, his winning German attitude and versatility to play on the wing are enticing. 

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23 Responses to “Arsenal Transfer Analysis: Peter Odemwingie”

  1. Dejilinho says:

    Is that is real age? He used to be a very good player when he was younger. He will still shine for 2 more season and would be a happy substitute at his age.

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  2. Am ah eh says:

    I think arsen is a fool 4thinkin a player of 2mil can defend against 30mil striker and i dont know why he prefer to pay players on the cheap yet he is one of the highest paid manager in Epl..
    He has small head and a foolish, prof. Cheat.

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  3. anon says:

    podolski will never leave cologne, he has said as much. stop dreaming

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  4. otakoya samson says:

    i also support the fact that, if dis great footballer can join arsenal,gunners will be at a saver side next season.

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  5. Emmanuel says:

    Luv u peter

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  6. ak-alsenal says:

    He is a very good player,it will fit in in arsenal…that is real age…many player lie about their age…try him

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  7. jikanamadu says:

    That’s his true age!! Born and raised up in Russia….but opt to represent Nigeria because of his mother’s root….the boy got talent plus playing for Nigeria has hardened him the African way of football which is good for EPL….the least he can do is to play for 3-4 more season at EPL level….I played against him in the Nigerian league (Bendel Insurance FC) in his first season….the boy is pure class!!!!

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  8. ADEWALE says:

    I BET U, IF WENGER SIGN ODEMWINGIE IS NOT GOING TO REGRET IT, ODEMWINGIE IS ONE OF THE BEST ATTACKER HAVE EVER SEEIN IN THE EPL, HE WILL BEE A GOOD SIGNING FOR US, BECAUSE IS STRONG IS CONFIDENCE IS GOOD IN THE AIR AND E.C.T….

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  9. ak-alsenal says:

    i bet it,this guy is better than benzema and all other strikers arsenal has link up with

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  10. dan says:

    He’s older but has to be better than bendtner.

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  11. mansour says:

    hes good but im telling all of my fellow gooners hes 30 already and we know wenger so plssssssssss go for welliton he is used to playing rough (Russia) and in tough conditions and he will bring something arsenal are missing ………..brazillian flair watch him u will hav a flashback of henry PS hes only 24

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  12. Lawal R says:

    Peter is a very gud player if arsenal can sign it is gud dont luk at is age luk at drogba it more it s more peter is playin fine plz asene wenger wil ned ozaze plz help us.

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  13. Sitemba says:

    With the kind of creative mid filders arsenal have Odemwingie will b more dangerous than he is,he will bring an imediate inpact to arsenal n score more goals than RVP.

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  14. Baronmide says:

    I think peter will be a good signing for Arsenalfc cos he is a type of player Arsenalfc like, he’s sharp, skillful, strong on air, he also as a scoring ability like RVP.. Go for him wenger.. Don’t dull

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  15. mcjona says:

    I tink wenger signing osaz will not be a bad one, abt his age, how old is arshavin? How many more does he hav to go?

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  16. sammy says:

    osaz is the type of player needed in arsenal squad,fast,strong,good in d air y not buy him

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  17. Nwizu vinbent says:

    I think Peter Odewingie is one of Nigeria best striker so far, & it wil beter if manager Arsene wenger will do his best to sign him, & i promise him one thing- NO REGRET.

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  18. GunnerMacedonia says:

    offer him a 3 yead deal, he still has few good seasons to play. he wont ask for big wages, he would be happy to sit on the bench at arsenal, imo odemwingie and benzema would be terific signings.we should not let vela go, he still has time to show how good he is

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  19. Too code says:

    Odewinge should b a good buy,and likely to support in creating chances of goals. He is actually a good play maker. Nice choice if he is gone for. I love arsenal

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  20. Moore says:

    i dont see Westbrom selling Odewingie, Arsenal dont even have the money and he wont go for 4 Million pounds, I see him heading to Manchester United or Chelsea, they have the money to pay anyway.

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  22. alan b'stard M P says:

    great player. Trouble i he goes to the Africa cup on nations

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  23. […] here to read RedDetective’s previous dose of Transfer Analaysis on Peter Odemwingie and Jermain […]

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