So that appears to be the list of defensive midfield options, who would you choose, who would he choose? Will he buy anyone?
Diaby or Ramsey are the home grown options, but are they ready? I think not, Diaby looks good but is injury prone and loses possession to easily and Ramsey is just too young, I have no doubt that they will become great players but I honestly don’t think they’re ready just yet, you could also throw Denilson in the equation, but he’s more of an attacking player and again not quite ready yet.
It’s a long season and they will no doubt play their part but you need a big squad and we have the smallest of the top 4, so we need a new signing.
Let’s take a look at what’s on offer, firstly let me say I like them all but let’s break it down.
Alonso and Barry are ready, old enough and premiership proven, Alonso is a little injury prone but would work great with Cesc, Barry has it all, but wants to go to Liverpool but Hoyte plus cash would do it and he only wants the scousers because we haven’t asked after him.
De La Red looks strong and likes to shoot, again he is Spanish and would work well with Cesc, but is he better than what we already have?
Moutinho I like and would be available at the right price but Veloso can cover at centerback which makes him more of a Wenger signing.
So I think if Wenger dips in it will be for Veloso, I wouldn’t be unhappy, my choice would still be Barry because he’s English and that would help with the youngsters coming through and with Hoyte as bait, plus the Bentley cash he would only actually cost us £6.5 million, O’Neil saves face, Benitez loses out and everyone goes home happy.
However if it’s anyone, again I would bet on Veloso. I wouldn’t complain either way, but I would if we signed no one.
In an ideal world I would also sign Zapata or Kompany as we still have change from the original £25 million plus the Hleb, Muamba and Bentley cash and minus the salaries of Flamini, Gilberto and Lehmann, but we won’t so there’s no point in thinking what may or may not be.
Great to hear Robin bigging it up and if he stays fit, I think we can kick the Torres/Keane partnership into touch, Robinho didn’t look the player I thought he’d be at the weekend so the chavs can have him, my only regret last year was not getting Anelka back, I watched Arsenal TV last night and they did a thing on super Nick and I got quite emotional.
Only one day to go to see us again and I’m sure we’ll get stronger and stronger, Ade looked like he’s been getting lessons on the offside rule, RVP looked awesome, Theo looks set to break through, Wilshere got a number and Ramsey and Nasri look to be great buys, we know what the others have got, save the spuds, but if Bent is emerging as their saviour then this season looks great for us and bad for them.
Have a great day Grovers, today could be the day we actually sign someone, Oi! who called me stupid!