Arsenal have been informed of Emi Buendia’s availability this January by Norwich City manager Daniel Farke, who is pushing for promotion straight back up to the Premier League this season.
All this talk about needing a creative force in the team has, well, died down in the past few matches, all courtesy of the emergence of one quite mesmerising talent. Emile Smith Rowe’s involvement in the Premier League helped transform the entire outlook of team, both in an attacking sense and in the case of pure enjoyment.
‘Who?’ and ‘how?’ have been the key words coming into this January transfer window. With Smith Rowe riding on the crest of a wave, fears of damaging, or simply stunting, his development and confidence reduce the target pool.
Emi Buendia is not a natural No. 10 though, so the talk of his potential arrival has remained prevalent, partially due to other possible creative options in this window being either not good enough, overpriced, risky or all three. The Argentine falls under one of those categories this month, and while interest in his services hasn’t waned, when he can be acquired appears to have.
Daniel Farke backs Arsenal off signing Emi Buendia in January window
"“No, nothing will happen [with Buendia]. In this business you can never say 100 per cent guarantee, but I would label it 99 per cent,” Farke told the official Norwich website.“It makes no sense for any of my key players to leave at this moment. And it makes no sense for us as a club right now to sell any of my players. These players have the potential to play for one of the best clubs in this country, and Arsenal [are] definitely one of the best in this country and also Europe.“They have the potential to play there one day, but it makes no sense in January. Let’s be honest we are in a great position.”"
It can be deduced from Farke’s one percent possibility that unless a club comes in with an offer way beyond Buendia’s worth, he’s going nowhere. At a point where Arsenal simply do not have the funds to make a purchase some credit to be as high as £40m+, the case for the 24-year-old can be put to bed for six months at least.
Hugely talented, a player of his ilk could be needed at some stage if Reiss Nelson is to depart and Pepe and Willian continue to flounder, but until then, attentions can be turned elsewhere.
Regardless of Arsenal’s opinions on the matter, the money isn’t there and Norwich are financially stable and not required to sell. Best move on.