Arsene Wenger is reported to have been present at the under 21 match against Liverpool a couple of nights ago.
Here is the squad for that match:
Macey, Jenkinson, Yennaris, Frimpong, Ajayi, Hayden (Goalscorer) Eisfeld, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Afobe (Goal scorer) Zelalem, Toral
On the bench was:
Iliev, O’Connor, Olsson (62 mins for OC) Ormonde-Ottewill and Maitland-Niles (74 mins for Eisfeld)
So who was Arsene Wenger keeping an eye on?
Carl Jenkinson, in case Bacary Sagna really is looking for a way out?
Benik Afobe, and if he liked what he watched he knows he can leave the AFC cheque book safely under lock and key?
One of the two central defenders, after all Napoli are still hoping to take Thomas Vermaelen from us…
Emmanuel Frimpong who is out of contract in the summer? He reportedly had a good game, good enough to tempt the club to offer him a new contract?
Of course he may just have been checking over them all to see if any of those on the fringe are really ready to play a part in what is a tough few months ahead. Or maybe he just wanted to see who is ready to face Coventry City. I hope it’s the latter.
We sit top of the league and head into a really difficult couple of months and in my opinion, this is not the time to be thinking about younger and inexperienced players.
What we need to be doing now is adding a couple of experienced players, ones who know what it’s like to battle through the tough times and come out as winners.
That might mean bringing in a couple on loan as January is always a tough month to sign players, especially in a World Cup year but loans would be fine wouldn’t they?
I’m sure players would look at our situation and know they have a good chance to win something in just a few months time.
Then, in the summer, sort through the under 21′s and any who look like they have what it takes stay, the others, well time to move them on……
Added to that of course, sign up who we need to start the new campaign strong and sign them early so they all get a pre-season together….
But right now Arsene Wenger needs to think about right now.
This league is ours to win, if the club sign who we need….
The Sun suggest that we have made a Podolski/Cash bid for Julian Draxler. This will be interesting if true and would explain why Podolski hasn’t played much since his return but, since when has a transfer story printed in The Sun had an element of truth to it?
We need to be adding to who we have, not letting a player with Podolski’s experience go….
That’s your lot for another day….