We’ve only gone and done it… we’ve only landed Santi Cazorla… a year after first expressing an interest, Gazidis and Dick Law have pulled it together and nabbed their man for the criminally low price of £12million! That price should rise if we win the World Cup or the European Championships, but we’ll worry about that later. We have an extremely talented player who is heading into his prime. A superb addition and a much needed one. I said at the start of the summer I’d be very surprised if we bolstered with an attacking midfielder, not because we didn’t need one, just because our transfer budget didn’t look like it could stretch that far.
How wrong was I? The priority for me was a defensive midfielder, a back up striker then an creative player. We’ve landed a striker, a winger and a creator. All very exciting. We still look in desperate need for a holding midfielder. I’m not sure why all the papers are saying signing Sahin depends on whether Song stays or goes. My view of Sahin was he was more of a Jack Wilshere / Arteta type player. We need a proper holding midfielder in my view. This idea that we don’t play with one is half the problem. By distributing the defensive duties across 3 midfielders who don’t have natural defensive instincts, you’re diluting accountability. You see that when we concede goals. No one knows who to blame. Part of Steve Bould’s job is about forcing that accountability. Everyone in the side should know exactly what their role it. Just like in Barcelona’s side. Being a flair side doesn’t exonerate you from tactical duties, if anything, it should mean more focus is spent at the drawing board.
Loads of names have been bandied around, which is why I’m sure we’ll make a move for someone. Javi Garcia of Benfica has been mooted as a possible target. He’s a youth product of Real Madrid and hails from Murcia, a few miles from where Geoff is staying at the moment. Perhaps the bear can pay his parents a friendly visit wearing his Arsenal clobber? From what I remember, the guy is a bit of a beast. He also has technical ability by the bucket load, trouble is, I’d imagine he’ll come at a hefty price. Then there’s Javi Martinez of Bilbao. He’s the player we have had a serious interest in luring to Arsenal all summer, but again, I’m pretty sure there are a number of clubs lining up with massive offers for him when the time comes for him to leave. I also wonder whether he’d leave Spain. Then there is the curve ball that could be Victor Wanyama. My Celtic friends tell me he’s good. But who knows? Sometimes they work out well… i.e. Jelovic… and sometimes they work out very badly… i.e Barry Ferguson!
Point is, I can’t remember us being linked so heavily to so many different defensive midfielders. Surely it means something… surely!
Also, all the stuff I’ve been saying about Song for a long time appears to be creeping out the woodwork. He doesnt’ really care for the club, all he’s worried about is his next move away. Before you all start slagging of his advisors, you should know this has been going on for ages and only one person appoints advisors. People in the club won’t see these stories as new. If he’s looking to go, he’s made that decision all by himself. Luckily we’ve got him tied down to a deal and there’s no Barca DNA to worry about. Shows you all you need to know about loyalty though… Wenger kept him in the side through the barren years when he was utter garbage, one good season and he’s singing the Barcelona theme tune… disappointing. Well, not hugely, I’m not a massive fan of him. He’s a good player, but like Nasri, does he have that grit you need to be a true winner? I’m not so sure… well, not for us anyway.
… and yes, I know Nasri won the league, but come on, hardly integral.
We can do better. If Wenger thought he was that good in the creative role, he wouldn’t have bid for Cazorla. Simple as that.
Right, I have to shoot into a meeting. Apologies for the short post… see you in the comments later!
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