If your reading this you are probably an Arsenal Fan, maybe a season ticket holder or even an overseas fan who supports from afar but whatever or whoever you are, you probably watch as much of the Arsenal action as anyone – whether it be live, streamed or through one of the television channels.
You may be British or perhaps an expat or maybe one of the increasing foreign supporters we are accumulating, the one thing we all have in common is we love the Arsenal and the style of play.
At the moment I would have thought many of you feel a bit let down with how the transfer situation seems to be dragging on and without to many expected signings. I also feel that Arsenal seem to be a bit slow off of the starting blocks but with promises from the Arsenal hierarchy of a busy summer window, I suppose we shall have to wait and see what they come up with.
Ricardo Alvarez, the Argentinean midfielder has been strongly linked to be a future signing – we have read that managers abroad are suggesting he has already signed for us but as of yet this has not been confirmed by the club.
Since the window has been active, our Manager has been on a scouting mission to South America and we all know that’s a place which is renowned for spectacular footballers, Pele, Maradona… far to many to name but you get the picture.
Most Premier Managers do their transfer shopping from home, buying ready-made players from the top teams, good players that have caught the eye but all too often they come with a hefty price tag. That seems to be the way things are done in England and that is usually why the wealthiest clubs end up with most of the spoils at the end of a season, because they can afford the prices others cannot.
Arsene Wenger believes that South America has huge potential, they produce many of the players that play for European clubs, and as we all know Wenger has a knack for finding young talent from Europe but now, other managers have seen what he has achieved and have started to sent scouts to search in the same places.
This in turn cuts down the talent available and more often than not, other managers find out who Wenger is interested in and up goes the price! Wenger is not interested in a bidding war, so his interests moves on to the next.
I believe that Wenger has seen this transfer window as an opportunity to get one over his rivals, I believe he is boycotting the normal processes and will do something completely different.
I think he has tried to get a look at talent without others waiting to upset his apple cart, yes we know he has gone to South America but we don’t know where and we don’t know for how long and we don’t know who he’s looking at. What we do know though is that there wont be to many Premier Managers bidding on any players that he might find out there.
Arsene has always been a forward thinking Manager, he has been a pioneer with some of his idea’s and techniques and I believe he may have just tapped into a resource that he nor any other Premier League Manager has yet exploited.
Maybe this new avenue that our boss is going down will produce the talent needed to make us a much stronger side, a winning side and at a realistic Price.
I may be wrong and he may be just soaking up the Argentine or Brazilian sunshine and having a nice cold drink on a well deserved vacation away from prying eyes and a chance to get out of the spotlight, away from Barcelona’s constant claims that Fabregas is their property and they want him back.
Strange though isn’t it, as that was exactly how Wenger found Fabregas in the first place, getting in first before any other Premiership Manager to secure his signature at an early age!
Wenger maybe a genius, he may just get lucky every now and then – I’ll leave that for you to answer, where ever you are…
But I know what I think.
Written by Steve Palmer