Tuesday, 5 August 2008

Micah Richards is a Gooner...But will he ever be a Gunner?

We all know how good Micah Richards is. The Manchester Citeh ace even made his debut against the Gunners on 22nd October 2005 as a sub and was given his full debut on February 12, 2006 against Charlton Athletic.

He played in the majority of Manchester City's matches for the rest of that season, and was named as the club's Young Player of the Year for the 2005-06 season. He even scored a 94th minute goal against Aston Villa in the Cup and swore live on television, and continued with the interview completely unaware!

On July 25, 2006 he signed a new four-year contract, quashing rumours of a move away from the City of Manchester Stadium. Throughout 2007, Richards was linked with a big money move away from Eastlands, with Arsenal and Chelsea the main contenders to sign the youngster for £15m or even more.

At the time Stuart Pearce was in charge of Citeh and said "I am not actively looking to sell Micah because he has a great future here. Whatever offers come in for him, it is going to take a ridiculously big offer to get him out of this football club.I would love to see Micah stay here, captain the club, and maybe be here for 10 years and carry the club on his back if he can. He is good enough to do it. I have not worked with anyone so good and so young.".

He has captained Citeh too, and has played for England 12 times and scored once for his country. When making his debut for England on November 15th 2006, he became the youngest Defender to ever play for England. And will surely one day be the rock in England's defence.

It's a well known fact that Micah is a Gooner. They were his boyhood team and his favourite players were Ian Wright and Patrick Vieira. He has admitted that he fancies a move to London one day but it would be to join the Gunners and not the roubles of Ch$lski.

"I was a big Ian Wright fan when I was younger, so I supported Arsenal. "Wright and Patrick Vieira were my idols so if the opportunity came to play for them one day I'd take it."

The only problem I see in Micah joining Arsenal one day would be the transfer fee. It would cost a huge amount to prise him away from Eastlands especially since he is English. Wenger has admitted that he will pay top prices for a "super-class" player and I wonder whether Micah is in this class in Wenger's eye's?....

I think Gallas will be at the club for another couple of seasons and then either hang up his boots or join another club in Europe somewhere. This is where Micah fits the mould to join. He would be the perfect long-term replacement for Gallas. Imagine Richards and Toure at the back!! That would be the dream defensive partnership, without a doubt.

Centre back is one of the few positions that we could improve on, and in my eyes Micah Richards would be the perfect signing as he is also versatile enough to play at right or left back. He has the talent to be one of the best in the world and with Wenger having a huge amount of money available to him if needed I would love it if he joined and fulfiled a boyhood dream.

So Micah is a Gooner, but will he ever be a Gunner?.....I hope so one day.

Keep it Goonerish.............


Anonymous said...

He is what we are missing. He's a Arsenal fan, he's young, understands the game and solid in defense.

He can play as a right back or centre back, with a price tag of £15m-£20m, i don't see Mr Wenger buying him.

Anonymous said...

Micah Richards is hugely overhyped.

Stewart Robson was right when he said that he scores high on athleticism but low on positional sense.

He might be one for the future but we would be much better off with someone with the know how already.

Anonymous said...

Micah is just your above average headless English bull who also happens to be crock a lot... but nevertheless valued at over 15m! in short, what a joke!

Anonymous said...

city are owned by a billionaire. They have no need or incentive to ever sell him.

Anonymous said...

Thailand have already banged up Mrs Billionaire, it's Franks turn next..

Anonymous said...

hes a over priced over rated injury prone defender, that i rate less than senderos.
he is also too similar to gallas and toure and not as good, if we need a Cb he need to be tall strong and experienced.

Anonymous said...

Also, clueless fans berate Senderos for not handling Drogba - I was there (dont ask me how or why...I just was) when Chelsea thumped City 6-0 and Richards didnt get near Drogba.

He is also under 6ft and is your typical English footballer - nights out, money, loyal to the agent, money, controversy and money.

He could be a good defender, but his transfer fee and wage demands are ridiculous

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Richie said...

What you need to keep in mind is his age. Show me one defender in his 20's who has a good positional sense. With time he will be Englands best centreback, and by then he will be able to either force a transfer or go on a Bosman if he wants to. Arsenal might not need him now, but one day Gallas won't be around anymore as the writer points out. Let's see how good he is then, now is not the time to get excited.

Anonymous said...

I'm not suggesting he's not a good player, but if he wasn't a gooner, would we be considering him as a potential gunner?

He is too similar to Toure/Gallas and is less experienced than either of them. He would cost too much for an inexperienced defender, thus he would be too much of a risk for us. It's time to forget about him and focus on what we already have, which is not as bad as people make out.

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leon said...

i feel before we go buyibg central defender we should give dijouro and song a chance ,last season dijouro was on loan came back in january and got injured so never played and seneros has always been given the not over song, and we still have gallas and toure,i have seen richards he very overated his a lot to learn he very young and raw and still makes alot mistakes but there no dought is huge potential,to me galas is world defender and can play anywere in defence

Anonymous said...

Lol @ Song being an answer at centre half. Wenger gave him a run out last season when the game was up, in any serious matched he will get sonned left right and centre