I have always tried to be optimistic as far as The Arsenal goes but I must admit I am beginning to have a worry….
Defensive frailties were our undoing and we are in no uncertain terms in the deep stuff!
Wenger and the board have stated that in this transfer window we will endeavour to strengthen up in this area but up to now we have purchased one youngster that plays in defence but he is not experienced and would not be able to offer the first team any improvement, he still has a long way to go.
We have been looking to strengthen in the centre back position as this is one of the positions that has been our Achilles heel and most supporters expect changes and as of yet we are still waiting.
As the transfer window opened, two centre backs were linked to us straight away – Cahill and Samba.
Both players were optimistic that we were going to make offers for them and include them in our plight for next season but, to date both players are still attached to their own clubs. If the reports are correct offers for Cahill have been submitted from other clubs but Bolton appear to have turned their bids down.
Who knows if that is true…
What has surprised me the most though is, as soon as the transfer window opened Mr Wenger decided to travel to South America, on what we understand to be a scouting mission, although I haven’t heard officially its a scouting mission, it could be just a well-earned holiday.
Either way, with a team that has big problems at the back which need sorting, it was a strange time for our manager to go abroad but as we all know Arsene works in mysterious ways!!
We have Nasri in the last year of his current contract, he’s been asked to extend this for a further few years but he’s dragging his heels and is yet to sign before he becomes a free agent and leaves. Arsene Wenger has this transfer window to either sell Nasri or get him to sign a new contract as after this window the likelihood would be that he’d leave it to the end and walk away for nothing!
Suggestion is that talks are to carry on this week, who knows what will happen….
Cesc Fabregas is another player who seems to cause concerns every transfer window, it is clear to all that Fabregas is a player that Barcelona have shown interest many times and it has not helped the situation that the player himself has shown interest in going back to the club that put him on the path of greatness but it has to be said that Wengers guiding hand has made Cesc into the player he is today.
In these days of big money transfers and the fact that Arsenal Football Club is well-known for its frugal spending, Cesc has been used as a pawn. Supporters can see that if Fabregas was sold, the money made on him could finance new players and although fans know this, they would still see Cesc as a major player for us and seeing how he still is under contract for some years, they believe he will stay.
We are almost halfway through the transfer window and although we have been promised a busy time of it, it still seems very quiet.
Arsene not being here has not helped and maybe some Managers are waiting for his return in the hope that he will put offers in for their players?
If that is the case Wenger could be in danger of missing the boat as these managers who have to sell will want to do so quickly and in time to bring in replacements. Wheeling and dealing in transfers takes time and they won’t want to leave it to the last moment and perhaps missing out on their replacements.
Or maybe all this talk about being busy this summer is just an Arsenal ploy to get bums on seats in the sixty thousand seater stadium?
Wengers mysterious disappearance and the lack of any Arsenal news is beginning to weigh heavily on supporters minds! Past seasons in the transfer window come flooding back, excuses that the right players are unavailable or deals fell through at the last-minute, or that the second string have been readied to bring us through these worrying times, we’ve heard them all haven’t we?
I hope that’s not the case but it makes you wonder, things are awfully quiet aren’t they….
Maybe I am worrying when needn’t, perhaps Wenger has struck his deals and they are just waiting for his return before everything is finalised, or maybe as soon as he returns, he will announce what we have all waited to hear.
We all seem in a quandary and unsettled, maybe Arsene’s return will put paid to all our worries, I certainly hope so.
Then hopefully we can look forward to the start of the season.
Written by Steve Palmer.