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Another Arsenal Opinion by George
When will the transfer speculation and rumour mill lead to concrete results for the average Arsenal supporter? As most I have admired the ‘Arsenal way’ in regards to their style of football from a very young age. However as the legacy of the ‘Invincible’s’ is now a distant memory with the departure of Gael Clichy, it is time to forge new success so inevitably this begs the question is the current crop good enough to do this?
In my humble opinion, no. With the almost inevitable (I say so reluctantly) departure of Cesc Fabregas and the possible of heaven forbid Samir Nasri, things are not all rosy in camp Arsenal. The Cesc Fabregas issue is heavily debated on all forums and I tend to (embarrassingly and regretfully) agree with Tommy Smyth (ESPN) who has the opinion that Fabregas no-longer has the desire to play for Arsenal and is dreaming of Camp Nou. I believe that Arsenal should cash in, not saying that they should comprise to fit with a Barcelona price tag, but obtain the right price between 35 to 40million. Samir Nasri, I hope does a ‘Wayne Rooney’, expressing the desire to leave the club and then in the coming weeks signs a long term deal in order to squeeze another couple of pounds out of Arsenal. I believe he is worth the extra money and can really give the Arsenal trophy cabinet what it deserves.
What can be done to? This season I would love to see Arsene Wenger be aggressive in the transfer market. With Gervinho likely to be unveiled as Arsenals second signing behind young Carl Jenkinson from Charlton Athletic, I hope to see him joined with other significant signings. I as many other supporters dream to see Gervinho, RVP and Juan Mata creating havoc in a wonderfully quick and skilful trident in Arsene Wenger’s preferred 4-3-3 formation. The audacious bid for Karim Benezema, according to The Daily Mail, seems a bit out of place and dear I say unneeded with RVP and Chamakh. Furthermore I see Samir Nasri, Song and Wilshere occupying the centre of the park. Wilshere and Nasri orchestrating plays, accompanying Song’s no nonsense approach helped with the bite of young Wilshere. The back four is where the real problems are, Samba and Cahill would be wonderful signings sewing up the haemorrhaging centre of defence, with Vermaelen out on the left (where he played at Ajax and does so for Belgium) and Sagna out right. That would leave a reliable Koscielny, Djourou and Gibbs on the bench and solid injury cover; the woeful Squillaci would be effectively dead weight.
As for the issue of Denilson, Diaby, Rosicky, Arshavin, Bendtner and Squallaci I am of the belief that they have not the skill or ability to take Arsenal to the podium. Arshavin a truly gifted player, but seems to lack the passion to work back and win the ball which the Premier League requires. With Ryo Myiachi waiting in the wings, I see little point in having him at the club. Diaby seems to be able to pass the ball side to side with great purpose but offers little going forward or tracking back. In away I feel slightly sorry for Bendtner, he does as he says deserve first team football. Denilson and Rosicky have had a terrible season, the later interrupted through injury, but neither shows they have what it takes to win trophies. Replacements would have to be willing to earn their place in the team, someone like Joey Barton (I wince) or Carrick-like would provide some more British steel/fear.
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As for goalkeepers, I see Szczesny as arrogant and talented enough to safely have the first team slot, with Fabianski and Alumnia or Mannone as suitable backups.
It’s a nerve racking and exciting time to be an Arsenal fan, I hope to see Wenger bring in some suitable players who want and will win the premier league this year and rid of the dead weight.