Transfer news is still rife at the Arsenal, what with Wenger and Gazidis both saying that we will be very busy in the window this summer.
Supporters are getting all excited still believing that finally Arsenal are going to take the EPL seriously next season.
Both men have mentioned how poor we were in the run in and how they now think its time to stiffen up our wilting defence.
These words are music to the ears of the Arsenal faithful who have slowly been losing their enthusiasm, some have even thought about not renewing their much sought after season tickets. We have entered this window with our first acquisition by signing a young man from Charlton in the form of Carl Jenkinson but whether the manager sees him as a regular or cover in his first season, or if we will just try and add finishing touches is yet to be revealed but at least we have started.
We have been linked to many players, defenders, midfielders and strikers, maybe even a keeper but as yet we are still all holding our breath. Some of these players come with quite a hefty price tag, so most Gooners screw their faces up and we hear the normal comment ‘He wont pay that’.
All to often that appears to be the case and instead of buying a top proven name we end up with an unknown but hopefully this transfer window we will show true commitment and the penny-pinching signings will cease.
It always surprises me that when looking for replacement players it appears that strikers prices seem to be higher than defenders why is that, surely a very good striker would need a very good defender to stop him? In the last year we acquired two central defenders and a striker and with our normal forwards injured we had to start with our new man and to be honest he did a fine job he did until our regular strikers returned. I must add he was a free signing.
Our two new Centre Backs had a pretty bumpy ride and Sébastien Squillaci has far from impressed. The managers mix and match tactics never really came off so that’s why we are looking for additions again this summer. This is quite surprising to me because a year ago we spent twenty million on the two defenders and neither one of them have done enough to cement their position in the side in fairness to both, neither had played in what is known as the toughest league in the world before.
Proven players Cahill and Samba are players who have been linked to us and fingers crossed we will get one, or even both of them. Cahill has had other clubs bid for his services but not enough for his club to accept their offers, the figure is believed to be around sixteen million. On the other hand there is Samba, at this point in time the estimate is around ten million and most Gooners believe because of the lower price he could be the one we end up buying.
I find this very strange, we have CB’s who have in all sense and purpose not come up to scratch and yet we will probably buy the lesser player of the two on offer for the want of only a few million, surely the better player must be purchased?
Should this happen and we lose the better player, will we believe that the Charlton youngster should have been given a bye and the money put towards Cahill?
The selling of Squillaci and Koscielny could quite easily help us secure both Cahill and Samba and with Bartley and Miquel waiting for their chance this would put us in good position. With Vermaelen and Djourou as cover or mixed and matched would see our back line settled for a few good seasons.
In my eyes you only get what you pay for!!
Written by Steve Palmer.