Well if we are to believe the papers and Arsene we are still “working hard’ to bring in a couple of players. We have all seen the numerous names linked with us over the past few weeks and they go from the laughable to the insane. Everyone has their own ideas of who we need and whats we need but will we end up with a few panic buys or a couple of players of genuine quality who can go straight into the team and improve us.
We need ready made players who won’t need a season to bed in or who are players of potential, if the Board has any ambitions and drive they know that finishing top four is not a trophy but a prerequisite to attracting the best players in the summer, it’s also necessary for attracting good sponsorship deals and most importantly keeping the fans happy. I do not agree that targeting fourth is an acceptable ambition for a seasons football but being where we are currently it is our only real target apart from trying to win the FA Cup.
Do we need a keeper? Do we need someone as decent back up to Chez or do we buy someone to push for the No1 spot?
What about a defender, do we want a versatile player who can play anywhere across the back line or do we want another quality centre back? do we have the right fullbacks and quality back up?
Then the big point for me, what do we do with the midfield conundrum….. I think we all want and see that we are short in midfield of a big physical presence, a player that can protect the back four, good in the air, good in the tackle and can play a bit. Is there anyone that fits the mould? can we buy such a player in the January window, is there such a player out there? Diaby cannot be relied upon and he is the only midfielder we have with a physical presence.
Lastly, do we need an out and out goalscorer or do we think that the forwards all pitching in will score us enough goals from now til the end of the season?. ID David Villa at 31 the answer and would you pay big money for him or rather spend extra on a younger proven scorer?.
I think all of the above is a very personal choice from a fans point of view but what we don’t want is the club buying players and then playing them out of position or trying to make them do what they are not cut out for. Buy a player to solve an issue not to try and make them fit into our way.
There are players out there who would add quality and class to our team and for anyone to say they not available is a slightly blinkered view, quality players are hardly ever available unless you go and put a price on the table that makes the selling club take notice that your serious about buying…!. We need to show that ambition and intent in the next seven days.
Time for the powers that be at Arsenal to show the fans that yes we are still a big club, we do have ambition and we will show you that we are not here to brag about the pounds in the bank but about the quality of the players that we have on the pitch.
Have a good day.