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Puyol to join Arsenal for free?

October 8, 2009

Carles Puyol, 31, current Barça captain and Spain’s full back, is currently considering whether he should end his long and succesful career in Barcelona or not. His contract expires on June, 2010 – it’s rumored that he could be joining the Premiership the next year, and that would be the only reason why he hasn’t replied yet to Guardiola, who some days ago stated: “Carles will be with us until he wants to leave. It’s his decision, not ours”.

At this point, Arsenal’s general manager Arsène Wenger comes into play – it’s said in the Spanish media that he would be looking forward to signing the Catalan defender for free (as we mentioned above, his contract will be expired at the end of the season), since he believes Puyol and Thomas Vermaelen would make a great couple in the Emirates Stadium.

Personally, I think that world-class defenders such as Rio Ferdinand or John Terry should end their careers with a final touch which rounds out their brilliant courses – e.g. by going to Spain or Italy, the other two big Leagues here in Europe. There in the foreign competitions is where they could show that their high competitive level is not a simple matter of getting used to their native country’s football playing style.

I’d love to see Rio and JT in Barcelona or Madrid, just as I’d like to see Puyol, Nesta or Cannavaro in the English Premier League – those swaps would really make the game more beautiful and interesting.

What do you think? Should Puyol join the Premiership next summer?

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. October 8, 2009 7:04 am

    I wonder if he’ll fit in Arsene’s squad, with Gallas and Vermaelen their solid center backs, and both are scoring goals for the gunners, Vermaelen being their top scorer for the time being if am not mistaken

  2. October 8, 2009 8:13 am

    I’d like that – would be inclined to play him in front of the centre backs, with no remit to get forward but extra bite in the tackle and cover when TV goes roaming forwards to unleash his 25-yarders.

  3. October 8, 2009 9:05 am

    Diego,
    Carles Puyol is, for me, one of those players who I always imagined were destined to spend their entire career with one club. Amongst Europe’s top clubs I think immediately of guys like Paolo Maldini, Franco Baresi, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes. Of course, Giggs and Scholes are still playing for United, but they’re both at that age, mid thirties, where retirement probably isn’t too far away.

    Just like John Terry in West London, aka Mr Chelsea, who had a similar dilemma when Manchester City came sniffing in the summer, Puyol could easily be Sr.Barca and, in my humble opinion, the decision whether or not to leave “Catalunya” won’t be an easy one. Perhaps the lure of the English Premiership and the reputation, it grieves me to say, of Arsene Wenger will sway his choice.

    Interestingly, are the reported words of Pep Guardiola a tacit admission Puyol doesn’t figure in his future plans? I hope not, Personally, I’d like to see Carles Puyol become a latter day “Migueli”

    Nothing is forever but at his age Puyol may struggle to adapt to the demands of the EPL and in the process tarnish his exemplary record, in short, for me, please don’t!

  4. October 8, 2009 9:36 am

    A season with Arsenal won’t hurt him. He can move back to Barca if he wants.

  5. October 8, 2009 5:00 pm

    @Ritesh:

    I think he would fit in Arsenal’s squad. Puyol is one the most professional players I’ve ever seen.

    @Fourstar:

    That’d be nice. In fact, Carles started his career by plaing in the right wing.

    @Kevin:

    I get your point Kevin, but I think that becoming “Mr. Barça” has its prons and cons – it could happen the same thing that happened with Raúl, know what I mean? He’s not Mr. Real Madrid, he is the Real Madrid LOL.

    @Aris:

    That’s it. He could go to London even on loan. That experience would be great for him.

  6. October 8, 2009 5:47 pm

    Well Jonathan Woodgate had a stint in Madrid. Did well but unfortunately was never fit long enough. As he is now.

  7. December 2, 2009 2:56 pm

    I dont want puyol to join asenal

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