With only a month and a bit until the January transfer window is here I suppose we just need to hope and pray that our team, especially in defence, can hold out until we can add a bit more quality.
Before I talk about the players joining Arsenal I wanted to go to the players that for one reason or another could be moving on to pastures new. The first player I will start with in Lukas Podolski. Very much a fans favourite and a lover of all things Arsenal and Instagram there are few doubting that this fella can finish and most likely has the hardest shot at the club. His positivity around the team though in my opinion must be a facade as clearly there is something a miss between this guy and Arsene Wenger.
I think it was clear in the summer that Wenger was prepared to let Poldi leave and I think it was only circumstances that eventually meant he stayed. Now with the signings of Sanchez and more notably Welbeck on the last day of the window and the fact that Walcott now has resumed full fitness Podolski’s game time could be even further limited. Let’s hope not as he is a well like player, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he is moved on.
Another player in the same vein could be Joel Campbell. He had a World Cup to remember and since has struggled to tie down any real game time for the club. He clearly has talent and I believe Wenger acknowledges that but I think that perhaps he sees him as someone who still needs to adapt to the Premier League and I would again be surprised if we see him loaned out to a team in our division in January.
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Tomas Rosicky is a player I love, I feel that for a 33 year old he still has the heart and the energy of a man 10 years his junior. He undoubtedly is unhappy with the situation that he has somehow found himself in and it is clear he still thinks he has something to offer the club. I don’t see him leaving in January perhaps but I do see it that this will probably be the last season with the club till he moves on. Shame as he’s always wanted to end his career at Arsenal and unlike for instance Arteta he has never deteriorated in front of our eyes whilst continuing to be picked week in week out.
So for me, any of those 3 players perhaps all could leave.
Then we have the players that I would like to see moved on that I know will not. The main 2 are my favourites Arteta and Flamini. They don’t cut it any more at this level. Why can’t the club just be honest to themselves and get rid of them. Personally I would hang Flamini out to dry and end his contract in a flash just like he did with us when he left for AC Milan at a time when he was far more important to our side. If he was a good player I would understand but he’s finished. Crap! Liability! To be fair on this perhaps I wouldn’t want to see Arteta leave as he clearly is an influence around the squad but he shouldn’t be making starting line-ups. I perhaps am a bit to hasty in my initial evaluation.
What’s vitally important are the players we buy in. Now I think its clear that we will go into the market for defensive cover. I am not sure to the extent that it could be whether the boss decides he wants one or two more. I’d say the latter.
On that point whilst I was away on holiday in May I was with a very influential ex-player with ties to West Ham who assured me that Winston Reid was very likely to join Arsenal. He said that he’s expect it to happen in the summer window but it could drag on. At that time I hadn’t heard too much of this rumour until later in the window, and with contract talks having stalled at West Ham and with his contract nearing the end it could be likely that he decides to make a move. He’d have no issue getting up to speed with the Premier League that sometimes is difficult when joining in January from the continent and he’d also not have any issues on being cup tied for European competition or similar. Let’s wait and see on this.
I think we can rule out any huge marquee type signing. I think if Khedira was happening it would have already happened, and I would expect that we could be more in line with a Kallstrom type loan signing (without the 3 months injury) to patch up the poor (and yes they are poor) defensive midfielders we have in Flamini and Arteta.
Things need to happen and happen quickly, we have a difficult few weeks ahead now before we can strengthen and I just hope that the boss has his players lined up to be able to come in immediately in that window.
This blog has gone out just after the abysmal 3-nil lead in the Champions League which we had a great chance of topping the group and getting a nicer draw. But more on that later after I have analysed the game again.