I was watching the clip of Squillaci playing his first game against Blackburn and wondered why we bought him? He came from a pretty good side that was playing in the Champions league qualifiers, in fact Seville are a top Spanish side, we already had Vermaelen and spent big on Koscielny so where does Squillaci fit in?
I am happy we signed another centre back and have always had the belief that we need 4 top defenders in that position to get through a season and we didn't just buy him as a spare as 30 is hardly on the heap.
So the question is, did we sign him as the main centre back or the spare, time will tell, but I hope he starts against Bolton so I can see for myself, he looks the part anyway.
The other area for concern is the absence of star striker Robin Van Persie. I love Robin, always have, always will, the trouble is, Robin is always injured, I suspect he's been injured more in his Arsenal career than fit, I wouldn't mind betting he's had more time off than Rosicky, now I'm not having a dig, I'm just stating what I believe to be true, if it's not, then it sure does feel that way.
So we have to plan for most of the season without him, now I said in the summer that Eduardo should be replaced, I was shouted down in some quarters as I was told Chamakh replaced Eduardo, I said Chamakh replaced Adebayor, however, that's just semantics.
So I started to look at our strikers, Arshavin (sort of) Chamakh, Theo (injured) Robin (injured) Bendtner (injured) now 3 of the 5 are always injured for long spells so is it time to say that they will always be suspect and start to plan for life without them? I think so, but do we need to buy? Maybe not.
We are forgetting we have Carlos Vela, now if he's not a striker and we don't intend to use him, then we should get rid of him, me, I would give him a run as I think he will be a star, but he needs a Denilson type run, not a few cameos, he needs to replace Theo and play in every game, then I think we will see the real Carlos Vela.
We also have JET, he's a striker, same with him, give him a run, or try Afobe or Aneke, try any of them, but please don't revert to the lone striker like we did last year with Arshavin up front on his Jack Jones, we have strikers, use them, if we don't think they are good enough, then have a clear out and buy some, I think they are good enough though and in January, we have Wellington arriving and he looks the part.
And if anyone thinks I use too many commas, sorry, but that's what they're for. Punctufuckination, and as I write for a living, I'm allowed the indulgence. Thanks.
Have a nice day grovers, tomorrow Pedro makes an appearance so the wit will replace the angst!