As time passes this month and with little snippets here and there, I think it’s safe to say that no signings are on their way in this transfer window. Maybe a last-minute loan or two as Gibbs is still reported to be three weeks away from a return.
Eleventh hour, on the 31st, that’s Wengers style!!
Personally I think that Wenger is spending most of his transfer time preparing for next summer, hopefully he is already instructing those within the club, whose given task it is to negotiate and talk to players agents and clubs about prospective transfer business this July.
What we have, we have for the remainder of this season…
Wenger knows that decisions have to be made during the next 6 or 7 months, concerning the future of quite a few fringe players as well as those players already available for transfer but cannot be moved on because of unrealistic transfer fee demands coupled with serious over-payment in terms of salary.
Decisions have to be made about how the club can move these players on without looking stupid….
I think it was Forrest Gump who coined the phrase ” Stupid is, as stupid does”…
That phrase could easily be used to describe those responsible at Arsenal for giving such huge, unrealistic salaries, to such average footballers…
The question remains though, did those ‘responsible’ only give out those huge salaries, on the recommendations of Arsene Wenger and his judgement of those players?
It’s like the manager who spends a record amount on a new signing, his judgement is on the line. So however good or bad that new ‘signing’ has been playing, the manager will pick him to play, in order to justify his judgement and of course the money he invested.
The same could apply to unrealistic salaries?
Everyone needs a bit of a lift after a disappointing defeat and this week is no exception after the capitulation to Swansea.
Transfers and possible signings is a subject that’ll always get football fans salivating but I’m going to focus on the possible and probable departures. Not that I think we are going to see a raft of ‘dead-wooders’ leaving this month.
Maybe not even next August…
Wenger couldn’t possibly sell all of the mediocre players that many Gunners fans would love to see flogged-off, mainly because I can’t see the Board [ Kroenke ] provide Arsene with the finance to replace them.
Certainly not in the midst of a worldwide recession…
Even the self-styled ‘Biggest Club in the World’, Manchester United, have had to re-sign a 37 year-old ex-player, so what chance do we have of the world renowned spendthrift Directors of Arsenal, bucking that trend?
Therefore Arsene is forced to make do with what he has, even if he is finally realising that many of the players he has invested time and faith in, are actually very average footballers after all?
So I don’t envisage a ‘clear-out’ this January, or for that matter, next August although the imminent expiry of certain players contracts, may very well take matters out of Wengers hands.
This web-site makes interesting reading:
According to the site, Manuel Almunia, Lukasz Fabianski, Tomas Rosicky, Yossi Benayoun and surprisingly Andrei Arshavin are out of contract this summer.
Meanwhile, Nicklas Bendtner and Denilson are under contract until 2014, therefore, if the club hope to get any kind of transfer fee, then this summer is crucial. Failure to sell them this August will see their value plummet, so maybe the less-stupid option is to take a reduction now in the fee, or risk a significant loss in January 2013, or next to nothing in August 2013…
Then of course we have Robin van Persie and Theo Walcott – both of which Arsenal need to convince to sign new contracts very soon, or they too will have to be sold this coming summer, or the club sit and watch them walk out for free the following July.
As always, there’s a bunch of reserve players who really should move on as they are going nowhere whilst stuck in the void of the Arsenal Stiffs.
Summer of change?
Written by Allezkev