You’ve got to love Arsene Wenger’s methods. Off on holiday, while all sorts of speculation goes on about which striker he’ll be signing, and then he comes back, and quick as a flash, he swoops.
Tevez? No. Martins? No. Anelka, then? No. Not Owen? No.
It’s classic Wenger – while we all foolishly speculate about which big name he’ll bring in, he signs someone we weren’t expecting and many of us know little about.
And also, like many Wenger signings, you delve under the covers and realise that there might just be some serious substance to this one. Sure, the Croatian league isn’t exactly up there in competitive stakes, but scoring 34 goals in 32 games last season can’t be bad, surely?
At a higher level, he’s got 7 goals in 12 internationals, and having grown up in Brazil, might be as silky skilled at Julio Baptista. Oh.
He comes to London having already scored at the Emirates (in a Champions League qualifier for Zagreb), and past Paul Robinson (for Croatia). All good practice.
Here’s hoping Wenger’s pulled another rabbit out of the hat. Coming from the Croatian league, he’s unlikely to have cost more than 4 million.