Highly-rated Bayern Munich and Austria star David Alaba has been talking about his childhood love of Arsenal. An interview given to German publication Bild has led to speculation linking the 26-year-old with a switch to the Emirates Stadium.
Talked about Spain and England
In his interview with Bild, Alaba said: “I can imagine trying something else but I really feel very comfortable at Bayern.
“Every year there a new challenges and new objectives and the pressure will always be there. I’m happy in Munich but of course, I can imagine seeing something else. Spain, England. In Spain it would be the two big clubs, I guess? Real or Barcelona. Also the big clubs [in England].”
When asked about Arsenal he responded by saying: “Yes I was [an Arsenal fan as a child]. When you’ve been Arsenal fan as a kid you will be one your whole life in some way.”
It seems that Alaba has a good affinity to the Gunners and the throwaway comment in the interview was always going
An unrealistic transfer target
Despite talk of being an Arsenal fan, Alaba seems like an unrealistic transfer target for the Gunners. No doubt his versatility and quality would bring some to the Arsenal team, he would not come cheap and with the Gunners current transfer policy, it seems unlikely the hierarchy would sanction any big money deal for the versatile star.
Alaba has two years left on his contract and has previously been linked with several other clubs in the past, including Arsenal’s Premier League rivals Manchester United. It looks doubtful that we will see the full-back in an Arsenal shirt anytime soon, simply because he is too expensive.
Arsenal will be cutting their cloth accordingly this summer
No doubt Arsenal boss Unai Emery would love to sign a player of Alaba’s quality and versatility this summer. However, the Spanish will have to work with whatever transfer budget he is given this summer.
Last summers transfer activity was not bad business, with the likes of Sokratis, Bernd Leno and Lucas Torreira all relative successes this season. The Gunners will have to be even cannier in the market this summer if they are to strengthen an ageing squad.
Emery will have targets in mind, I am sure and without a replacement for Sven Mislintat, the Spaniard is likely to be the main man in charge of signings. If he wanted Alaba and the Arsenal hierarchy gave him the money, then he will be a true miracle worker.
Is David Alaba really a summer transfer target for Arsenal?