So we wake up to the news that our captain has said in Spain he is happy at Arsenal and unless he’s told otherwise he will be staying, top, top man Cesc, I love you all over again! Nasri has agreed to stay another year to see if Wenger buys what we need and we are certain to replace our two centre backs, Samba and Cahill will do for me or Vertongen if one those don’t join.
Then I will go into the season confident we can win the league. Time for Clichy to go and bring in Vermaelen at left back, before you spit out your All-Bran hear me out.
Vermaelen is a super tackler, fast and links play well, but even with him at the back we still ship goals, two of the three I mentioned are out and out centre backs, Clichy makes way too many mistakes, the reason we love him so much was because he filled the boots of Sheryl Cole, so we wanted him to do well, Vermaelen often plays at left back for Belgium and he will give us the strength to have a solid back line. Like the old days!
Time to use Nasri in the middle with Cesc, he isn’t a winger, let jack do the mopping up at the back, it’s about time we dropped the DM role as this team is so mobile we don’t need one, Jack can do that job.
Then I would have Arshavin on the wing, we only need one and with Gervihno, if he comes, we have the competition we need to put a size 10 up our Andre and options and cover on the wing.
We are also sniffing around the Brazilian Willian, I think he’s a winger but I’m not sure, he is from a tougher league than the French one but apart from a few youtube clips I can’t really offer an opinion, but any deal that involves getting shot of Denilson, I would take. And after what he said, I’m sure Wenger would too!
Also time to put Theo up front with Robin in behind and revert to 4-4-2 or 4-1-3-2 this team doesn’t need major surgery, it just needs the type of player we lacked and shipped goals, that can be solved by buying in 2 top, top centrebacks and getting a left back that let’s them know he’s there and can stay on his feet at crucial times.
Of course I would love us to buy Benzema and lose Bendtner and Chamakh but that won’t happen, Wenger will replace three tops, but I can’t see him doing more than that, well not to the starting line up anyway.
I watched the under 21’s last night and was impressed by Lansbury, he reminds me of a young Ray Parlour, not the finished article yet but plays with a passion a lot of our team lack, but he’s a year or two off, I would bring him into the squad though as he will grow.
I read with interest that Wenger sent out his scouts to watch Hazard play for Belgium, why? Don’t we know by now that he’s rather good? Does one match warrant a scout telling Wenger ‘yes boss buy him’???
All a bit odd but I want us to tie up these players early doors so they can make the want-aways feel good about next season, I want them rareing to go from pre-season and to get used to our squad and our culture.
I would also bring back Coquelin and put him in the squad, ship out Denilson and we then have Frimpong, Song and him to choose from when we want to go the DM route and I think he is already as good as we have.
I would try my team because when we deploy an out and out DM, our midfield loses a playmaker and if we want to emulate Barca, keeping the ball is a good step and frankly DM’s don’t tend to keep the ball. Well ours don’t!
If players need to protect the back 4 then the back four can’t be that good, a back four of Sagna, Samba, Cahill and Vermaelen wouldn’t let their mothers through, that back four would be tighter than George Osbourne, that back four frightens me, and I don’t frighten easily.
And SSCV would you believe is my lucky letter formation!
Get in there Arsene, this team will win the lot, this team is the team we have cried out for for years, admit the mistakes of the past, get shot of Denilson, Clichy, Squillaci and Bendtner and go back to a formation the players like.
We don’t need the marquee signings, (well Benzema would be nice but I won’t be upset if we don’t) Gervinho I’m not sure about as I haven’t seen enough of him, but after him, no more from the French league, pleeeeeease!
Whatever we do though, I hope we don’t hold out to get these players cheaper, because that can often mean we don’t get who we want, or we lose out, remember Alonso and Schwarzer?
If I had a choice though, I would prefer Ashley Young to Gervinho, he’s EPL tested, quite good, and a massive Arsenal fan, but we missed out on him at Watford and I can’t see us taking on the mancs for him, ho-hum!
I also watched Henderson yesterday and I’m glad we let King Kenny have that one, he’s not a patch on Lansbury.
Come on Arsene, we can afford them from the players you sell, but screw around and they’ll be gone. Do that and you will still get your massive pat on the back from the board as you won’t have touched the war chest, win, win.
Have a great days Grovers, this could be the team and today could be the day we sign them.
Sagna Samba Cahill Vermaelen
Wilshere Cesc Nasri Gervinho or Arshavin
Bench Ramsey, Song, Coquelin, Lansbury, Kozzer, (Benzema!) etc