Arsene is full of praise for his latest defensive signing Nacho Monreal:
The first thing you want from your defenders is to defend well, so we cannot reproach him for that. You will see the other aspects of his game more when his confidence has settled.
He is good in the air for a guy of his size, has a quick leap and has looked good. Monreal is very strong in other areas too, his crosses for example, and his forward play you will see a bit later.
It happened with Kieran Gibbs too, the more confident he became the more efficient he was going forward.
It can take a bit if time to express that side.
Come on, when did Arsene Wenger ever do anything to suggest he’s really interested in what defenders do?
When did he last sign a truly top class defender?
My answer is Sol Campbell, and I bet that was because he was free. My goodness though, wasn’t he good?
Some may say Thomas Vermaelen, or Per Mertesacker and yes, they came with a good reputation but both players these days are full of mistakes at the back and those mistakes very often cost us dear. Apart from against West Ham, did Sol ever really let us down?
Back to Monreal, Wenger talks about the ‘forward play we will all see later’. I personally would rather he stuck to defending, just as I wish the rest of our defenders would. We have midfield and forward players to go in hunt of goals!
I know some of us have said this before but why do we so often see so many defenders going up for a corner? Especially when we seem to just hoof them into the box, (the corners I mean, not the players) no-one gets on the end of them and then the opposition break away, or play a long ball up field and time after time we are exposed.
If we do that on Sunday, we will get ripped to shreds! It’s not like we have a beast of a defensive midfielder to sit back and help out is it?
Talking of which, Lyon’s £12m-rated defensive midfielder Maxime Gonalons is reported to be on the move in the summer and he’s interested in coming to the Premier League.
I like the English and the German leagues, When I see the pitch and that type of game, I feel it’s a dream.
Of course, 2+2 = 22 doesn’t it, so that means he’s on his way to Arsenal.
Kidding, but we certainly need one, not a player who could be good, a player who is good!
With all the stories in the newspapers about how Wenger will be making a number of signings in the summer transfer window, and of course that the club will pay a higher wage in order to attract a ‘better player’, if true, we could finally see some changes…
Who knows, this could be ‘that summer’ we have all been waiting to see for so long…
That’s it for another day, have a good one…..