Forget the defensive midfielder coming in, he has that covered.

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So we’ve been speculating like crazy about who we’ll be signing in the holding midfield role, I hate to say it but I think he has made his mind up. I think he will play Nasri there. Either that or Eboue. I say Eboue as that’s the only position he hasn’t tried him in yet, I think this may be his last chance.

But I have a feeling it will be Nasri because Nasri said it himself, he is French so is hardly going to miss-understand what his boss says. Who knows it may work. He’ll then have two options out left in Rosicky and Vela two options out wide in Theo and Wilshere and the centre midfield will be Cesc and Nasri with Denilson and Ramsey as cover. That leaves Diaby, and I think he’ll sell him. So with all those to chose from I really can’t see him buying.

The defence is looking increasingly like adding a young dutchman if the press are to be believed, though his size does bother me, perhaps he’ll make up for that with a great jump! He will partner Gallas for one more year until Song is ready with Djourou and Silvestre as back up, I expect Kolo to go, I don’t want that but it’s the way it’s looking.

What does puzzle me though is why Wenger would spend £11mil on a smallish defender from the Dutch league when he could splash out a little more and get Chelleini or a premiership proven monster, or even swap Kolo for Richards.

He should get rid of Silvestre but I can’t see him admitting to such a huge error after only a year.

Up front he’ll sell Ade and maybe buy Dzeko, but more likely run with what he has and go with Arshavin and Robin as his main pairing with Eduardo and Bendtner as back up.

The full backs pick themselves with Clichy and Sagna and Gibbs and Eboue as back up, I expect he’ll sell Traore as he won’t dislodge Gibbs, and rightly so, Gibbs has looked really solid.

So I can see us buying a new centre back, but also selling a centre back, a full back, a midfielder and a forward, the board get richer and a few youngsters step up and join the squad.

If all fit we do have a reasonable squad, if he gambles on that, it may work out, but this will be the third season on the trot without Rosicky and Eduardo if he’s wrong, and that in my book could spell disaster.

It’s only my opinion though, he may well buy Cana and Dzeko as fool us all. Is it me or is this Vermaelen deal looking like the Nasri deal all over again?

I think we need to sign a defensive midfielder that is world class to lift the team and the fans though, so I hope my hunch is wrong, but all the noises the boss is making seem a little familiar, there was a lot of dissatisfaction from the terraces last season and he would do well to heed that, I think the expectation of the new season will be massive.

The excuse that this team is very young means nothing, it’s time to deliver, the boss once said he doesn’t look at passports, if they’re good enough, they’ll play, same with birth certificates then, who cares how old they are, if they are good enough to play fine, if not sell them and buy some that are.

Have a great day Grovers today our squad may get bigger!

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  1. gnarleygeorge9

    LAzer

    If you are right, then you know who ain’t going anywhere then? His surname starts with A & ends with R.

  2. LAzer

    Manure needs help in the midfield more then anything else though. Giggs and Scholes are a year older, Nani is absolute pants, Anderson has done OK but I don’t believe he is good enough for first choice 11 for manc quality yet, Hargreves is done for, which leaves them Gibson, Carrick and Fletch. Not a whole lot there imo so Fergie might pull some rabbits this summer.

  3. LAzer

    Yeah I can know what you mean GG. Its looking like it unless someone comes in for a move, maybe the Chavs but they will keep Drogs and Nelka I think and Milan are looking towards Dzeko. I can see Wolfsburg bite there arm off as everyone in the world knows they have the money now and meanwhile use us as a bargaining chip.

  4. LAzer

    I suppose for us the main thing is if we have a ball winner/tackler/interceptor in the midfield along with a settled squad of Cesc, Rosicky, Arshavin with RVP I can see us going back to the days of creating more so perhaps togo will not be as big of a lump as this season. He is clearly not a complete player and never will be, and will always rely on the creation of others and 5 chances to put 1 away along with a healthy dose of offsides.

  5. LAzer

    So much for our hope about Zeko, I think it’s safe to say that one is done for with quotes like that coming from the player.

    “Arsene Wenger’s hopes of landing Edin Dzeko have been dealt a huge blow after AC Milan moved for the Wolfsburg striker.

    Arsenal boss Wenger held talks with Wolfsburg about Bosnian goal machine Dzeko, 23, who struck 26 goals in 32 Bundesliga games last season.

    But AC Milan vicepresident Adriano Galliani met Dzeko’s agent Irfan Redzepagic in Sarajevo at the weekend and the Italian giants are now determined to beat off competition from Arsenal and Manchester City.

    Dzeko (above), now pinning his hopes on a move to Milan, said: “They have always been my favourite club, right back to my days as a small boy, growing up in Sarajevo.”

  6. LAzer

    Here is an interesting case for a pure 4-3-3 ala Barca for us made by Arsenal Insider. I think he makes some good points but I feel our team are not drilled to track back the way Barca is. Someone like Henry had to adjust to the new system and so would our boys. Anyways an interesting read imo.

    http://www.arsenalinsider.com/?p=5023

  7. LAzer

    Bye bye Dzeko, we offer a lot more imo, but I suppose you will do what you consider best for yourself, hope you do not regret it since you probably won’t get another chance for a move. Unless of course you’re a superstar in a few years and then the Chavs/Shitty/RMs of the world will look to you.

  8. nishanth

    If everyone is fit against the top teams i can see wenger playing this side

    Almunia

    Sagna New CB Gallas CLichy

    Nasri New DM Cesc Rosicky

    Arshavin

    RVP

    This team would give us 65% possession not sure how many goals it will provide us

  9. LAzer

    Seems like Ice, if AC are looking to Dzeko then I don’t see any other suitors for Badey. Maybe the Chavs but that only happens if Drogs moves on, personally I don’t see that unless Pantcelotti has other ideas. Perhaps Shitty but I have not heard Sparky ever say anything or any rumors. So Badey it is. Hesitantly I must say, but I for one will support him to the fullest if the lump shows up with our crest on the start of next season (but then again, what other choice would we have).

  10. nishanth

    No team can stick to its formation all the time.I have seen henry play really deep at times and sometimes etoo.Starting with 4-3-3 or 4-4-2 is not the problem.Team needs to learn how to adapt to certain situations.We never have a planB

  11. LAzer

    On a positive note Gibbsy the boy wonder scored a couple of goals for the under21s yesterday (granted it was vs. a shit team but still) and played as left back, left mid AND center mid, AND was the MOTM!!

  12. LAzer

    See your point nishanth but no matter what Barca really only play one formation regardless of the squad. They might make adjustments positionally within that formation but they always play a genuine 4-3-3. Regardless of all the debate about formation it is not as important as Wenger finding the right solution for us where we neither concede silly goals at the back nor stifle creativity by being to cramped or defensive. Personally I would like Wenger to revert to the old days where we would be up 3-0 by halftime or strike the fear of embarrassment into most teams with our attack, perhaps with a fully fit squad of Arshavin, Nasri, Cesc, Rosicky, Eduardo, RVP, Walcott, Ade available that is possible again.

  13. LAzer

    Here’s one:

    “Valencia striker David Villa will decide on a move to either Real Madrid or Chelsea this week.”

    I reckon Abramovich will blow his lid if he can’t land at least one of the big names this summer in Villa or Ribery. Mancs will obviously never sell Ronaldo to them, and Ribery already said he doesn’t want to go to England, although 150,000K per wk would make him get over the weather am sure.

  14. iceman

    He’s tanned abit since the last time I saw him Gnarely 😉

    I think I just got sick…..It’s the thought of barndoor not leaving 🙁

  15. Geoff

    Morning all and yes Gnarley, that was me!

    Kaka has signed for Real Madrid for £59mil, what a waste of money, and we get £13mil.

  16. LAzer

    Yeah with all the holes in RMs squad and they plump 59 mill on one player, typical Perez for you. Hello Geoff.

  17. iceman

    LAzer as long it’s not an Arsenal one I could wipe stuff with it 😉

    Yes Gnarley, I have a bad bout of it. Can the eyeties take him off us already.

    How much do you think the winker will be flogged for?

  18. AussieGunna

    Gidday folks, All the sites I can find (including the Ajax one) have vermaelen listed at 6ft 1in, so not too short I would have thought, we’re not looking for basketball players are we?

  19. rob green

    Morning

    Hopefully the sale of kaka will give Milan money to spend and we might get rid of adebayor once and for all!!

  20. Jerseygooner

    Morning All,

    Kaka sited his move as helping AC out of a financial crisis. Funny how a move to Citeh for £20 million more would’nt have helped eh? they are all hipocrites. He stood on that balcony ealier this year and declared undying love!!!

  21. Franchise

    Jerseygooner for a change Milan were willing to sell. kaka to city that is some serious stand up. Kaka has been loyal to Milan, Galliani said that they cant be turning down 60 million euros every year. it was a deal that all 3 parties involved are happy with. same thing happened with arsenal and vieira. vieira said that arsenal told him that they had got a good offer from juventus and asked if he wld be willing to discuss a move with them. same might happen with cesc one day. its not a sin IMO

  22. iceman

    He would have stayed. At the end Meelan couldn’t say no to the money on the table.

    Hopefully Ade’s on his way now.

  23. LAzer

    Reposting for all those pining for Dzeko…seems like another one bites the dust..

    “So much for our hope about Zeko, I think it’s safe to say that one is done for with quotes like that coming from the player.

    “Arsene Wenger’s hopes of landing Edin Dzeko have been dealt a huge blow after AC Milan moved for the Wolfsburg striker.

    Arsenal boss Wenger held talks with Wolfsburg about Bosnian goal machine Dzeko, 23, who struck 26 goals in 32 Bundesliga games last season.

    But AC Milan vicepresident Adriano Galliani met Dzeko’s agent Irfan Redzepagic in Sarajevo at the weekend and the Italian giants are now determined to beat off competition from Arsenal and Manchester City.

    Dzeko (above), now pinning his hopes on a move to Milan, said: “They have always been my favourite club, right back to my days as a small boy, growing up in Sarajevo.””

  24. ethangunner

    ill be so pissed off if villa joins a EPL team and it aint ours ..

    i really enjoy watching him play and the thought of him wearing a blue shirt is just too hard to take !

    curse you wenger !!!

  25. iceman

    Dzeko speaking about Meelan right now is very convenient…prob to see if Arsenal offer more money.

    Or it’s genuine. Meelan will def be looking to add to their strike force as Kaka and Sheva have both left.

  26. dennisdamenace

    Also, Pedro and Geoff are one and the same, never seen in the same room together. much like Michael and Janet Jackson…….

  27. LAzer

    Abramovich will likely offer something something so large Valencia won’t be able to refuse plus am sure they would like to see the back of him at a different league. Thing is Villa has said in the past he does not want to leave Spain.

  28. ethangunner

    ice

    we have been poached pure and simple ..
    this is why wenger likes doing deals on the sly .
    he points out gems and now he is left kicking his own ass , because the deal wasnt done behind the privacy of closed doors ..

    i feel the agents spread the word nowadays to get the highest bidder ..

    thats why i disagree with chary’s post the other day ..

    the agents now want to make these rumors public as possible to get their client to get entered into a bidding war with 2 rival clubs .
    its a win win for agent and player alike .

  29. Gooner5746

    Wouldn’t it be absolutely genius if the Le Boss is buying the Verminator and turning him to our DM? From what I’ve heard his attacking is as good as his defending.