‘If Thomas Vermaelen leaves, I will replace him’ were the words muttered by the Arsenal manager just a few weeks ago. Thomas left, yet no-one to replace him arrived…
What he did do though was to allow the only other senior defender who could have been that fourth choice player to leave as Ignasi Miquel moved to Norwich City on a permanent deal. I’m not suggesting that the player had has suddenly become the next Tony Adams but when we have so few defenders, surely they’d be certain games in which the young player could have been used.
Well I guess that means either Isaac Hayden or Semi Ajayi, both 19 years old and both well over six foot are seen to be close to making the step up.
He didn’t sign the midfielder we were all crying out for either. Again, Hayden can play in the holding midfield position, but then so can Francis Coquelin who somehow escaped the exit door this summer…
Well, we did sign a striker and not the one I expected either, not until yesterday afternoon when having been linked to Tottenham for the last couple of days, in jumped Arsenal and snapped up Danny Welbeck and the story goes that he was willing to move to Tottenham, until he heard of our interest and then he made it clear it was Arsenal he wanted to join, and on a permanent deal….
Now there’s a reason to get behind the guy if you needed one… lol
He got what he wanted and we got our striker. Clearly he’s not a Cavani, Falcao or Costa but if he plays week in week out, he’ll only get better. Daniel Sturridge didn’t really do much a Chelsea but once he moved and played each week, his game improved so very much. Something similar could happen with Welbeck.
He’s tall and quick and throw him in with Alexis, Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Campbell, we are already stronger up front imo. Fingers crossed this will see Sanogo relegated to the bench at best and with Arsene Wenger refusing to allow Campbell to move on deadline day, I hope we see more of our Costa Rican too. There is no way in this world Sanogo should be considered ahead of him. There’s still time to send the Frenchman on loan and I really hope we do.
So our final summer signings are:
All very very good deals in my opinion but they would have been a lot better had three of them not been just like for like as others departed so in affect, this summer has seen us sign just two additions to our frail squad.
Where is the young physical quick defensive midfielder that we have needed for years and where of course as said is the new centre back…….
Amazingly, Arsenal are pro-active in putting up season ticket prices and getting what they can from the fans pockets yet they are hopeless when it comes to addressing our needs in the transfer market. We have bucket loads of cash left and yet we have a squad lacking in certain areas yet again. We get told no players are available of quality, yet clubs who finished above us have made quality signings so why haven’t we? Who or what is the problem?
We again talk the talk of a big club but let the fans down as we act like a middle of the road club when failing to finally buy what we need. two players short again, how often have we said that over the past years.
Is that the best that the money from Puma and The Emirates could do? No, it’s the best that Arsene Wenger could do and it’s appalling.
All the spin about this summer being the one in which we were going to spend big and really take advantage of FFP rules was just that, spin!
The manager who having been rewarded with a new contract has shown no signs of being a changed man. Yet again this campaign will be one in which we have 11/13 players who can be relied on and after that, it’s scraping the barrel and it will no doubt cost us dear against the ‘big’ clubs.
And behind the manager is a board clearly full of toothless tigers who are happy to let Wenger continue to be so frugal and so very average. And behind them is a majority shareholder who clearly knows so little about football and that winning trophies is what this game is all about.
If he did, surely he’d have done something about this mess a long time ago, but I guess Arsene Wenger tells him that he knows what he’s doing just like he does the rest of us and Kroenke falls for it…..
Try and have a good day guys…..