On a day when the media, the news and all the social networking sites, especially twitter is buzzing with Turkish international Nuri Sahin supposed loan move to the Emirates stadium to have reached its completion. The very same Turkish international was least bothered about what was being said about him and was happy and busy sweating it out with his present team mates at Valdebebas during the last practice session before tomorrow’ Super Cup El Clasico. Why am I pointing towards this minutes detail is to let you know this actually happens. By this, I mean a player training with his squad while he knows soon he would be on a flight to his new home for at least one full year.
Nuri Sahin was seriously a unicorn for the Los Blancos, people knew he was there (you were allowed to see him on the official team page of realmadrid.com) but no one knew when will he been seen on the green turf of Santiago Bernabeu. Thought to be the heir to Xabi Alonso and for me still is, Sahin had a pretty dry spell especially coming from Borussia Dortmund where he won consecutive Bundesliga trophy and was also named the player of 2010-11 season. As a Blanco I expect nothing but best for Sahin whenever he moves to Arsenal.
Yes, I do agree Arsenal is the best place for Sahin to go and grow. I am sure when touched by the magic of Arsene Wenger; Sahin will become the player that Los Merengues would give anything to bring him back to Bernabeu.
What can the Gooners expect from Nuri Sahin? First thing they can expect is loyalty towards Arsenal, Sahin made exactly 11 appearances for Real Madrid last season with respect to which I would say it would have been better that he played for Real Madrid Castilla side. But during that dry spell you won’t find a single article in the news circuit where Sahin has shown is discontent or frustration towards Real Madrid and I am sure if it was some other player he would have already written a book against Madrid by now.
Please dear Gooners don’t expect him to be the new Alex Song, basically because he is not Song. Sahin might not have that physical presence that Arsenal are so habitual of when it comes to Song but his technical ability is at a different level when compared with the Cameroonian international. His eye for perfect through balls and when needed, a perfect goal poacher makes him a perfect fit for Arsenal. Sahin possesses the skill of taking accurate set-pieces which you would never expect from Song.
So Sahin is actually that footballer next door, who is every manager’ dream. One thing for sure, if given time at Emirates, Sahin will give a totally different dimension to the Gunners game. Imagine if with youngsters like Goetze, Kagawa, Kuba and Lewandowski he can turn the destiny of Dortmund around, think what he would do with seasoned footballers like Podolski, Arteta, Cazorla, Walcott and Giroud.