Despite the summers hectic last few days of transfer dealings for our club, Arsene Wenger has suggested that we still have funds put by for further signings and we may not have to wait until the summer to see new players arrive. One area of our squad is dreadfully short and the manager seems to have finally acknowledged this, well, in a way only Wenger would.
Speaking to afc.com, he said:
We lose players like Chamakh and Gervinho to the Africa Cup of Nations, so hopefully touch wood we do not get any injuries to our strikers – But if an opportunity turns up in that department then we will buy.
The situation, I must say, is a bit special. Economically the whole environment has changed and people suffer more. The clubs will suffer more financially and it’s much more difficult.
Maybe we will have some opportunities because we are in a good financial situation.
Ok, there is kind of twist in that comment about injuries but read the last bit again, and what that clearly says is if a striker is available he will buy. It’s not if we get injuries he will buy it’s if an opportunity arises, so that’s a bit of a boost but as we all know, January is a funny transfer window. Clubs are either trying to make a few pounds on a player who is leaving for free in the summer or some clubs just want players gone for the good of their current club and the player.
We are no different there really, how many have we all listed so far that we would like to see gone next month?
Chamakh, Arshavin, Fabianski, Mannone…. That’s just a few, we also have a few out on loan that should have been sold before now.
Then of course there are the quality players who clubs want to keep and the only way they could be sold is if a ridiculous, over inflated price was offered for them and we have one of those ourselves in Robin van Persie – he must be one of the hottest properties in football right now but what would it take for our club to sell him? £70M? £100M?
Of course, no club is going to offer that and even if they did, I’m not sure Wenger would consider selling him anyway…
Then Wenger has to think about the Champions League, if he buys a striker does it matter if he’s unavailable to participate in this competition? Of course if RvP stays fit it won’t matter but should he pick up a slight knock and have to sit a game or two out, we are back to square one aren’t we?
Finally of course, he’s got to fit in and he’s got to be able to score goals, otherwise what is the point? Do we as a club take a risk on player outside the Premier League? Surely someone who has been playing in England for a while would be the better option as he’s already used to the pace of the game but who is there that fit’s that criteria and is available?
My point is, it’s not easy and I guess that is what Wenger means when he says ‘if an opportunity turns up’.
At least he’s thinking about it eh…….
There is one player of course who ticks every box and he’s available, Carlos Tevez??
Staying with Arsene Wenger, the old meanie only banned the boys from eating Mars bars when he arrived.
I always thought it was stupid to practice the whole weekend then destroy your game because you don’t eat well, or don’t sleep well, or you don’t prepare well.
It happened to me when I was a player. It’s not understandable that a player practices every day, wants to be a star and then eats something that is not good for his performance.
Can you believe that, the chocolate bar that was meant to help you work, rest and play was forbidden….
Wonder how Mars feel about his comments, and no wonder Wenger is so slim……
Finally, best wishes to Darren Fletcher who is forced to take a break from football due to illness – I hope he makes a speedy and successful recovery…
That’s it, have a great day all…..