Rumour: Former Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’o targets Arsenal move
Reports suggest that former Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’o is to reject the possibility of lucrative deals in the Middle East and USA, in a bid to prove Blues boss Jose Mourinho wrong about his ability at the top level.
The Mirror believes that the Cameroonian forward, enraged by Mourinho’s repeated criticism of his forward line, has approached Chelsea’s London rivals Arsenal about the possibility of a move.
Arsenal are in need of forward reinforcements to support current striker Olivier Giroud and the Mirror report that Eto’o has sounded out the Gunners about a potential move to the Emirates. The move would not only allow him to dispel Mourinho’s questions over his age but would also allow the 33 year old to stay in London.
Earlier this month it was confirmed that Eto’o’s next club after leaving Chelsea would not be in the middle east, with the striker telling reporters:
“Contrary to what a puppet says about my age, I am still physically fit. At 33, I feel really good. I have proven that I can do better than the younger players.
“And I wish to also say that I am not going to the United States or to the Middle East. I will continue at the top level. I will continue to play the Champions League. My romance with this competition is far from over.
“I will not tell you where, but I will be at the top level. I am 33 and I have two World Cups to play. There are other players who went on until the age of 41 so there is no reason why I cannot continue.”
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger now has a decision to make over Eto’o, who reportedly sees a move to Arsenal as his number one priority, but with the Gunners likely to need multiple forwards in the summer the former Chelsea man could prove a useful option to have in the squad.