It is important to prioritize things in life. Even more important is to make those priorities with discernment. It helps you to manage situations better and it’s the choices we make that decide what we become. Enough of my blithering and onto some Arsenal stuff.
Nothing going on at Arsenal now except that we are linked to every striker in the Universe, apparently we were in deep negotiations to sign a Martian, but could not broker a deal as we weren’t able to match his transfer fees. Our need for quick players has become so alarming that we have started to look for athletes instead of footballers.
Ok as I alluded earlier, priorities are important. Arsene Wenger and Arsenal also need to prioritize this summer. Spurs have prioritized to forever be in our shadows. I’m not sure what Wenger priorities are but these are mine.
Undoubtedly a striker. No surprise there and I would gladly watch Mourinho’s Chelsea play if Arsenal were to sign a forward. We haven’t found an adequate replacement to that Dutch twat and although I like Giroud, he is more useful against the lower sides than against the best.
It’s a huge risk we took last season, one that I thought we got away with. Also I do stress that we should spend the most of the money available on a striker. Some names have been thrown in Mandzukic, Benzema, Remy, Balotelli, Morata. Mandzukic is too similar to Giroud, Benzema, not sure if he would be available unless Madrid get Suarez or any other striker, Remy is good but not world class yet. Balotelli would be my first choice, he has got pace, power, technical ability, can play alongside Giroud and as a lone forward as well.
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Yes he’s a ticking nuclear bomb, he would score a blinder against Chelsea in the first half, then would do a kung fu kick on John Terry in the second. (If Super Mario really does kick Terry he deserves a statue for the humanitarian service.) But I do believe that Arsene is more than capable of handling Balotelli. Cheer up Mario, North London is always better than Manchester.
Estimation: £35 million
It’s all but official that Sagna is a Man City player. He has been such a presence in the back four for the last seven years or so and replacing him would be one of this season’s challenges for Arsene Wenger. It’s not just his defensive nous that makes him such a standout player, it’s his versatility that is so difficult to replace.
Jenkinson is Arsenal born and bred, his commitment and desire is unquestionable but is he mature enough to play week in week out? Not in the forthcoming season at least. He would definitely feature in the team more than last season, his crosses are excellent, his energy Ramsey-esque but unfortunately not enough experience.
My preference would be a versatile player who could slot into both right back and centre back. Serge Aurier is the favorite to replace Sagna, but who knows we may start with Jenks and promote Bellerin to the first team.
The left of Arsenal’s midfield, I would say hasn’t been properly filled ever since Bobby Pires left us. Nasri looked the real deal before he did what Nasri does best: moved to another club for more money. Podolski is more of a finisher than a creator and Santi has struggled this season and is increasingly looking worn out. Not only are we bereft of a playmaker, we seriously lack pace without Walcott and without Rambo we look pedestrian. It’s imperative to add pace in the side which is why I think Di Maria will be a fantastic signing.
Not only he can stretch defences, he can put delicious crosses into the box for Giroud to attack. Also he can play in midfield, which is important in the Arsenal system. However I do think that it will take some negotiations for Real to let him go. Another player of interest is Griezmann, the French player is lightning quick, scores goals, creates, comes at a reasonable price (the Vela factor). Any of the two would be excellent.
Estimation: £25 million
So the net estimation stands at £70 million. I would be very surprised if Arsenal spend this much, we won’t spend the entire transfer chest available. It’s simply not the way Arsene operates. There are obviously some glaring omissions, a centre back, a defensive midfield. How we could do without a new defensive midfielder will be covered in the next blog.