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Arsenal Transfer Analysis: Phil Jagielka


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28, Defender, Everton

As with all the articles I do on a player linked with Arsenal, this piece will attempt to cover a few interesting pieces of the player’s identity and biography. Over the past few weeks a number of journalists have stepped out to say that they believed Jagielka to be the primary target for Arsène Wenger rather than Gary Cahill. Wenger has made a £10m bid for the player which has been turned down, and this is the reason Jagielka will be covered in this piece.

The first thing that struck me when I heard of an Englishman who was snapping ferocious tackles in at Sheffield United under Neil Warnock was; where does his name come from? Turns out he is of Polish descent and was born Philip Nikodem Jagielka in Sale, Greater Manchester. His grandparents fled Poland after the Second World War. As a young teenager he started off as a schoolboy at Everton, before joining The Blades at 15 years of age. There his talent as a defensive midfielder, with a rocket propelled work rate and a physicality to dominate the midfield in the Championship, allowed him to make a real name for himself. A great season in 2005-06 allowed him to play a mammoth 46 games and score 8 goals. He won the Championship award for best player that season. The following year they were promoted. His year in the Premier League with United was ultimately a disappointment as they were relegated. However, his versatility lead to one of the highlights of the season. Forced to play in goal against Arsenal after Paddy Kenny was injured, they managed to secure a famous 1-0 victory. He even made an excellent late save from Robin Van Persie.

Jagielka’s life has had sadness as well. His grandfather was a potential and unproven murder victim of serial killer Harold Shipman. He said “When my grandfather died, he put his hand on my right shoulder and said, ‘I think I’ll stay here a while in case he wakes up so he doesn’t scare people. I didn’t think anything of it at the time, but I do now.” Whilst recovering from a cruciate injury last year, 3 masked men from an organised criminal gaang burst into his rented £2.5m mansion with knives and threatened Jagielka. They stole valuables and a Range Rover, which was later found abandoned.

Having joined Everton, he found a gritty and ambitious Scottish manager under David Moyes prepared to support him fully and smooth his rough edges. Having moved back into centre defence he showed the grittiness of an old school tough centre defender, with the passing game to take the ball and move it forward. Moyes pushes Jagielka, not just as a footballer, as a man and leader. Moyes said in March this year that he could potentially become an England captain but that ‘he needs to drive himself on to be that person; it has to come from within.’ The undertone of that comment is that Jagielka maybe lacks the aggressive, cutting edge of John Terry or Rio Ferdinand. Moyes also said ‘Sometimes he suffers from self doubt’, whilst ‘he should be looking at himself as a future Everton captain and he agrees that he has to start being a leader.’ Interesting that Arsenal supporters point to Jagielka as the natural leader, when even his own manager says he does not (yet) have that element in his personality. I would hope Wenger is able to spend the money to buy a taller player with less injury problems, younger and better passing skills. Therefore we return to Gary Cahill. Bolton Wanderers are waiting to see if Chelsea or Manchester City make a move for him.

Everton are notoriously tough negotiators, well known for driving prices extremely high and turning a seemingly simple deal into a long running saga. Turning down £10m for a player turning 29 years of age in less than a month is brave decision, despite the fact Wenger offered £12m last season. If Everton are asking for a £15m then that is a lot of money considering he does not even meet the mandate of what Arsenal genuinely need. In short, this deal is doomed until there is an immense shift in policy from Everton to sell or Arsenal to pay substantially more. A huge, angry, commanding centre back with natural leadership skills must be the requisite qualities for the next Arsenal centre defender Wenger purchases to deal with the set piece problems we have. Jagielka could play a simple and limited centre back role alongside Vermaelen or Djourou. He would likely allow them, as the more comfortable passers to bring out the ball. However alongside Laurent Koscielny, I just do not see that pairing as having the muscularity or presence to change anything about our current spinal weakness.

Jagielka would bring other qualities if he were to sign for Arsenal. He does not have an ego (a trademark Wenger plus), has a good work rate, a positive attitude and a knack for digging deep to grind the best standards of play from his team mates. If he had a nastier side, a tendency to grip opposition players by the throat as the dark art masters from Inter Milan do at corners, I would be keener.

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john
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john
4 years 9 months ago
why is everyone obsessed with height. jags is really good in the air, like vermaelen not the tallest but really good. i like cahill too, and would pay more for him due to his age and does not have the injury history. But jags is what we need he is a far better player than anyone gives him credit for. much better than the likes of mertisacker and samba which are two players no where near the level we need. you have to be good on your feet and quick to play in the arsenal team. you need to be… Read more »
Adam
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Adam
4 years 9 months ago

I’ll be so, so disappointed if Jagielka is our centre back signing. Another centre back who’s barely 6 foot. Cahill is just such a better option, he’s a perfect fit. If it’s gonna be £12-15m for Jagielka or £17m for Cahill there SURELY has to be only one winner. Cahill is the defender that’s gonna be first choice for England for many years to come, not Jagielka.

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Bogz
4 years 9 months ago
Vermaelen is our only centerback thats under 6 foot…And I don’t think Cahill would be a better fit. Jagielka is a much better defender on the ground than Cahill. And in the air, I believe the stats will prove that Jagielka edges out Cahill there too. I think there’s a little too much hype around Cahill, probably due to the fact that he’s relatively young and has had good preformances, but one can argue that Cahill was able to bve first choice due to Jagielka’s injury layoff last season. IMO, Jagielka is the best defender England has (he’s not even… Read more »
henry
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henry
4 years 9 months ago

adam what makes cahill better than jags???? i think we should get the pair of them and push vermaelen into midfield. jagielka for me anyday. better player than cahill. i hope we get one of these guys.

john
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john
4 years 9 months ago

jagielka then cahill

John Green
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John Green
4 years 9 months ago
Height means very little when a player is brave, willing to attack the ball and has a good leap. Jagielka isn’t much worse off than Sylvain Distin in the air, and he’s 6ft 4. Joseph Yobo and Joleon Lescott where pretty much on par with him in that area, and once again, alot taller. Signing a player who’s 6ft 3 won’t automatically solve your problem at set pieces. Organisation, leadership and bravery also comes into play, and Jags is certainly blessed in these areas. I think your problem is more deeper rooted than that, personally. He’s also quick and athletic,… Read more »
Gerry Lennon
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Gerry Lennon
4 years 9 months ago
I agree with your analysis. I think two things are at play here. One, the bid here was lower than the asking price because Moyes doesn’t want to lose him, and so over-prices him. I also think it is a distraction from other ideas for this position. Whilst media and fans alike chatter about this, the more serious options are being carried out elsewhere. It is not as though this is the 28th of August and others are snapping up centrebacks. Until the Cesc thing is sorted, and the more difficult task of finding out available options there, this will… Read more »
ameed
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ameed
4 years 9 months ago

we need just 2 players to achieve something this year !! 1- per merasacker – 6 foot 6 , available for 13 million pounds ( 15 million euro from werder bremen ) !! and we need a reliable quick left back – aly cissokho would be the perfect choice for us ( available also for 13 million pounds ) !!! sell eboue to galatasaray for 4 million pounds , squillaci 3 million pounds , bendtner 10 million pounds , and we are done !!!

GunnerMacedonia
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GunnerMacedonia
4 years 9 months ago
today is the 25th of july, wenger said we should expect moving on the transfer window in the end of july, but where is the progress? all i see is that bolton says we havent made an offer yet, blackburn the same, everton have experience with lescott and will resist until they get what they want … idk what is gonna happen, but i sure expect signing a central defender before the emirates cup begins, if not i believe it would take a lot of time to adapt. p.s. did anyone see squill`s brawl with podolski? surprised me a lot,… Read more »
Marty Price
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4 years 9 months ago
I would hope that it would be Cahill or Samba, someone who can organize others and win in the air. Wenge has known or should know that set pieces kill the Gnners, and yet there is no movement. Don’t wee they are waiting on Barsa to buy Cesc and provide funs. Barsa does not have the 40 mil and want him on the cheap and that is why they continually tap him up. Either you do or you don’t, and I do not think Wenger has the stones to pull the trigger on either Cahill or Samba. Jagielka should stay… Read more »
Andy Mack
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Andy Mack
4 years 9 months ago

Marty Price, any idea where this mythical ‘£20m for Nasri’ figure comes from (apart from the NewsRags? I can’t see anyone paying 20m for a good but inconsistant player like Nasri with only 1 year left on his contract. If it was 3 years then it would probably be more but in the last year of a contract… we didn’t get that for TH14 who had a proven history.

Marty Price
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4 years 9 months ago

Andy I agree with you completely…it is assinine to quote the rags, as Arsenal do not trade/tapup or anything in public. If they can get that type of money for Nasri, let Evra pay it…sell him to ManU or whatever. The management of the team know they have to get more consistency out of the back, lets see what they do. I do not feel that Jagielka is the answer.

George
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George
4 years 9 months ago
Wenger doesnt usually deviate from his formation in pre-season and in regular season. We can expect Vermaelen to stay in the centre instead of playing on the left, but then we would have 4 CBs with the likes of Squil, Djourou and Kos. That is a very sufficient number. Wenger doesnt look like he is looking to move Squil. He wants Bartley to gain more experience on loan but that doesnt affect the equation, we have 4 first team CBs at the club. I would not be surprised if Wenger doesnt sign any CB at the end of the day.… Read more »
Daymee
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Daymee
4 years 9 months ago
The hopes of signing a defender this summer are very slim. I’ll tell you why. (1) Cahill is Wenger’s most preferred option. Bolton want 17mil for a player that will walk on a Bosman in 12 months time. Arsene Wanker will NEVER ever pay even half of that for him. Why? Because when he wanted Chamakh he refused to spend more than he felt Chamakh was worth at the time. Wenger refused to budge and he made sure he paid NOTHING for Chamakh. He must think “why should he pay top dollar for Cahill when he knows he can prolly… Read more »
RVP
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RVP
4 years 9 months ago

Was it not only a few years ago that Jagielka said Arsenal were nothing but “Cry Babies”? The centre back doesn’t have to be English, Diego Lugoan or even Diego Godin would be ideal

RVP
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RVP
4 years 9 months ago

Was it not only a few years ago that Jagielka said Arsenal were nothing but “Cry Babies”? The centre back doesn’t have to be English, Diego Lugano or even Diego Godin would be ideal

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ibycu2187
4 years 9 months ago

Marty price,
Can you show me evidence where Cahill has organized his defence at Bolton? No one has shown me yet that Cahill or Jagielka has organizational capabilities, which we desperately need.

Chabbz Hettiarachchi (@chabbzh)
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Chabbz Hettiarachchi (@chabbzh)
4 years 9 months ago
john you clearly don’t know who per Mertasacker is. He has more experince, Power, Aerial ability, timing of tackling and awareness more than any of the other defenders linked. Apart from Alex who is most recently linked. I think they go on par. I hate Germany International football because I just hate Ballack and Klose. So I used to watch all the matches to get a kick out of the mistakes they do. Sadly for me they did not make much mistakes, at times they did which made me happy. However watching so many Germany games and the premier league.… Read more »
GunnerMacedonia
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GunnerMacedonia
4 years 9 months ago

@Chabbz Hettiarachchi (@chabbzh): talking about alex from chelsea? no way they will be selling their player to us, you can just forget about him. although i reckon he and vermaelen would destroy opponents

mike
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4 years 9 months ago

IF IT WAS’NT FOR THE DE-FENCE LAST YEAR WE COULD HAVE WON THE CARLING CUP AND THE LEAGUE. BACK FOUR PLEASE. WE HAVE BEEN WAITING SINCE DIXON,ADAMS,BOULD,WINTERBURN.

Foots
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Foots
4 years 9 months ago
Bloody hell. You’re all defensive experts. Some good comments. Well thought through. Dayme has a point with the bosman issue but I’m sure Wenger will buy a defender. Someone to put in the middle when he has to stick Verm at left back. Chamack. We really need that plum Diaby to shine this season. I Hope he can step up and be consistent after all the faith AW has put in him. Arsharvin too. He’s saying good things (for once) all we need is some of his magic back. He really should play just in front of the midfield with… Read more »
colin
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colin
4 years 8 months ago

Chris Samba all day for me. Commands respect from opposing strikers, extreemly strong in the tackle and is a commanding prescence in the air. If you add Samba to what we already have we will rival Man u’s defence and most certainly bring home some silverware next year.

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