So the news leaked yesterday that Arsene Wenger is set/has put pen to paper on a 3 year deal.
No surprise there. He earns great money, has unprecedented power and he has unfinished business.
I mentioned that the news would 'maybe' make people smile yesterday. Well, it's been a real mixed reaction. I think if you ran approval ratings for Arsenal and Arsene at the moment, they'd be and an all time low.
News that Mark Schwarzer has put in a transfer request is encouraging. Whilst he's no Pepe Reina, he certainly is a major improvement on what we currently have. It's looking likely Almunia is going to be our number 1 on Sunday because there is absolutely no chance Wenger would put a keeper in our team who is so weak, even his home town team target him from corners. It'd be unsettling for the defence and it would make a mockery of Wenger.
I revealed yesterday via our twitter account (@arsenal_legrove) that Robin and Cesc would be involved in the squad. After this weekend, we'll pretty much have a full squad to pick from. The injury JD picked up wasn't serious as I mentioned a couple of weeks ago. Diaby is travelling up so a midfield of Frimpong, Nasri and Wilshere is looking slightly less likely. Though I have no idea how fit for duty the Frenchman is.
What I'm worried about is the lack of ambition Arsenal have shown this transfer window. This is my own opinion here, but I have a feeling Wenger went into this buying period fully aware that their maybe a few bargains going towards the end of August. He's the grand parent that buys Christmas presents in the January sales and that for me that is bad management. That in effect means that there has been no targeted effort to sign what we need. I find that disgusting.
I also find it hard to believe the stories that Giles Grimandi watch every game Schwarzer played last year. Is he our only scout?
Arsenal have rewarded Wenger for making the owners rich. I wonder when the fans stopped being a priority and bottom line figures became the number one? Like Geoff said yesterday, no one is asking for us to be bankrupted and the very fact Wenger has coached an army of fans to believe that spending £15million on a player will cause a Leeds type scenario is shocking. Some people who have posted on Le Grove have even put forward the idea that spending money equates to having no class?
That is a truly staggering example of modern day propaganda.
If Wenger pulls his finger out, signs Schwarzer and Vincent Kompany, we'll compete this year. If we win against Liverpool and he decides he has enough... we're in for 3rd or 4th this year. It would be a travesty to see a team with our attacking prowess not be given the platform to compete this year. I think it's ridiculous it's taken this long to sign the relevant playing staff but realistically, if we can get past Liverpool, it doesn't matter if we don't have a 4th centre back for a few weeks because the teams we're playing are pretty average attack wise.
Yesterday we spent the morning reminiscing about players of old, Dennis Bergkamp, Robert Pires, Tony Adams... Arsene, help create a new generation of players like that by helping to cement our great young players in legend with a trophy!
Let's hope that this year our open top bus parade can contain more than just a healthy balance sheet!
Match preview tomorrow... have a great day, enjoy the start of the season!
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