I watched both the games on and off yesterday and when I look at what we have in the Euros, then I think who we don’t have at the Euros, I think we have possibly the best team in the Premiership.
Almunia, I think he may be replaced but if not I won’t be devastated.
Sagna and Clichy are simply the best and were both in the EPL team of the year so were are super strong there, with Eboue and Traore as back up we need no additions at full back.
Kolo and Gallas are again solid, but we need to have four centre backs and Senderos needs replacing, can Nordtveit step up? Not sure but I think he’s too young, Djourou can so that means we need a spare, that spare if good enough can alternate with Kolo and Gallas. So we will need a world class player, shortlist of Meretsacker, Kompany, Mexes, Dunne and Zapata.
Defensive midfield we have Gilberto and Song as replacements for Flamini, for me if Gilberto stays it’s good cover but we need to bring in someone, options are Veloso, Barry, De La Red or YaYa, tough one this as it will involve money, my guess is he won’t replace Flamini, unless he swaps Hleb for YaYa and I doubt that.
Midfield is pretty packed with Rosicky, Cesc, Diaby, Hleb, Walcott, Eboue, Denilson, Barazite, Merida, Randall, Gibbs, Lansbury and Wilshere if the boss is serious about bringing the last six into the first team squad. If Hleb goes, expect Nasri.
Up front we have Adebayor, Van Persie, Bendtner, Vela and Eduardo who will now come back early.
So in theory we are probably looking at 3 signings, defensive midfield, centre back and attacking midfield if Hleb goes, I thought we were three short last term, plus the above that makes six, what would you do?
I think we could do it with just three if these kids can step up and if that’s the case Wenger would have it bang on, so maybe this is the plan and why he’s been quiet.
My team to start the season would be.
Almunia or Frey, Buffon or Given
Sagna – Kolo – Meretsecker – Gallas – Djourou – Clichy – Traore – Eboue
YaYa, Veloso or Barry – Gilberto – Song
Hleb or Nasri – Cesc – Diaby – Rosicky – Diaby – Walcott – Barazite
Adebayor – Van Persie – Vela – Eduardo – Bendtner
Randall – Gibbs – Denilson – Song – Wilshere – Lansbury – Merida – Barazite
On paper that squad could win the quadruple and would explain why our wage bill is so high, so my question for Sunday is do we have enough, do we need more? I have to say it does look good… but there again I’ve been banging on for months about spending money.
So I could be a target for the Le Grove haters, but I’m agreeing with the boss today and pumping up the squad so they’d be hard pushed to pick the bones out of that one.
Have a happy Domingo Grovers and enjoy the football!