“I don’t think we are weak defensively, but we are an offensive team” (Sky Sports). Quotations like this from Arsenal Coach and figurehead Arsene Wenger sends me and I’m sure other supporter’s into a spiral of anxiety. But what is to come for Arsenal in the new season?
Arsene Wenger tends to be in denial or in a utopian world where injuries and poor performances are just not expected. It seemed like this transfer window was going to provide a massive overhall, but with the confirmation of only two signings this summer we are seeing signs of a typical in-active transfer window. You must look at Premier League rivals and champions of England Manchester United, with-over 50million spent already and the possibility of the biggest signing of the summer in Sneijder from Inter Milan. This should set off a myriad of alarm bells in the mind of Arsene Wenger, as the champions are making sufficient changes to their squad, and Arsenal is not. I would love to see, as noted in my previous post, the arrival of Gary Cahill, Christopher Samba or Per Mertesacker who has one year left on his contract with Werder Bremen, and is interested in the prospect of the Premier league.
It seems that the Cesc and Samir saga, has come to a sort of unresolved end. It seems that Arsenal are reluctant to sell their talisman and have seemed to be content with not loosing Samir to a Premier League rival this season. Maybe Arsene Wenger believes that if Arsenal wins trophies it would be enough to persuade Samir to stay on for another couple of seasons. Cesc Fabregas, however I believe will leave at the end of his contract or however much a club is willing to pay for him. However there is still the possibility of Cesc leaving this summer, if Barcelona find some cash from under the bed and pay amount that is acceptable for both clubs. It seems that loyalty, can only be guaranteed to players who are being paid exorbitant amounts of money or winning trophies.
This season it seems that Theo Walcott wants to play up front. With the arrival of Gervinho, we can expect Theo to have more competition for a place in the first team line-up. He has expressed his desire to play up front, but with goal scoring machine RVP, he cannot guarantee a first team place. Gervinho has the ability to play on the left but with Wenger preferring Nasri out-wide that seems unlikely. To be honest I have very little Idea of how the first team is going to look in the new season, with Walcott, Arshavin, Miyaichi, Gervinho and Nasri competing for effectively two places, with RVP in the middle of the attacking triangle.
Well Arsenal still have the rest of the transfer window to pick up some bargains, because lets face it, no big money signings are expected. If Arsene Wenger believes they are an offensive team, you must have a strong foundation for which Samir, Cesc and other player-makers can rely upon, look at Barcelona Puyol, Pique Mascherano, Alves and Abidal and how they breakdown attacks and let Messi, Xavi etc play the wonderful football that they do. I’m afraid I have lost some of my youthful optimism for this summer transfer window. The signing of two more players will return my confidence for the beginning of the season and for the ascent of ‘Mt Premier League’ (what a terrible metaphor) in 2011/12.
Oh and please rid us of Denilson.