Here we are then; it’s down to the next 38 hours, give or take an hour or so!
After that, we will all know the squad we have and who Wenger has at his disposal each week, depending on bans and injury of course!
Most fans hoped that we’d know that clearly by now and that our season would have got underway with a few good results. Ordinarily we start the league competition quite strongly but this particular campaign has started the worst it possibly could.
Injuries have already hit us for six and of course and the bans we have picked up has far from helped our cause has it?
Regardless, we all know that despite all of our problems, our squad is still far from deep enough and strong enough to get into the top four, let alone challenge for the title.
Reading around in the blog world and listening to old players and managers, most agree that we still need a leader/organiser at the back, the central defender who would put his head where others will only put their feet. A left back who won’t miss half the season through injury, a play maker who can link up play and provide the defence splitting pass in a way that Cesc could so often.
On top of that, Robin van Persie is an international game away from injury; it happens every season doesn’t it, what happens if he gets injured in this next fortnight?
I know many will say he’s not started well, but no-one has, I think they all miss our old number 4!
So yes, we need a striker! Ok, we are supposed to be very close to signing Park Chu-Young but as yet we haven’t and even if/when we do, he’s going to need settling in time isn’t he?
That time should have been in pre-season, not three games in and with us in the mire so early on.
So that takes me back to the last few hours of this window….
Prior to this window opening, many fans hoped and believed that after the way last season ended and the comments coming out of the club that this was going to be Wengers transfer window, the one we have all waited for and for so long. Early signings, signings that would show intent to others and with them bring belief back in to every fans heart and mind.
It didn’t happen, nearly three months later – it still hasn’t!
Before anyone starts throwing names like Gervinho, Jenkinson and Chamberlain at me, only one of that three is truly for the here and now, the others I am sure will prove themselves in time but time isn’t what we have.
Same goes for all the other youth signings we have made, they won’t change what is happening now and by the time they get to play we could have a new board, a new manager and life without European Football…..
Seriously, that is how bad it could get if the next few hours don’t bring us good news….
No, I am not a Doomster, nor am I an Arsene Wenger worshiper – I’m an Arsenal fan, have been for many many years, just like thousands of others and no doubt like most of them, I really worry for the future of our club….
Some may believe that not spending the money we have available is good business and paying off our debt keeps us a ‘well run club’.
I say poppy cock, we are a sports club, a football club and the purpose of sport is to compete, to fight and go all out to beat those you are up against, otherwise what is the point?
No-one want’s us to spend money we don’t have, just spend the money we do have and stop stashing it away in the Arsenal Coffers….
If Arsenal Football Club, well, those who run it right now don’t want to do that, then why don’t they just sell up to someone who does?
38 hours Arsenal, 38 hours, give or take an hour or two….
Red Top Titbits:
Blackburn have agreed a fee for Scott Dann.
We have agreed a deal for Brazilian left back Andre Santos and are closing in on Florent Malouda, another report suggests we are in talks for Chelsea players Alex and Benayoun. Let’s not forget, we have already reported to have snapped up Park Chu-Young. Added to that, many of the papers still suggest we are after Cahill.
I’ll still wait and see anything definite on afc.com but if true, would these signings make you happy?
Have a good day all……