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!