A very quick post from me this morning, mainly because there is little of interest to report on. International week sucks the joy out of everything. A load of our players had run outs and I could go through their performances, but I know how boring that can be.
The key takeaway is that no one broke a leg. We’re all good. Bar Diaby. Who has an injury that doesn’t look like anything serious, though he only has a small chance of playing against Southampton on Saturday.
The interesting part about the Diaby injury will be who Wenger slots in to play if he isn’t fit. Will it be Aaron Ramsey who was played in a more advanced role at times last year? He has natural box to box tendencies and he certainly has the work rate to take over the role. The big question is around ‘now’ talent. Last year certainly wasn’t one of his best, but that’s not to say it’s not clear he doesn’t have talent. Arsenal fans are super keen to write off anyone who has a bad performance these days. I’m certainly not writing Ramsey off, but this season really has to be the one where he pulls out all the stops to show he merits a place in the squad.
The other options could be to bring in Coquelin. He thinks he’s at the same level as Arteta and Cazorla, which is a pretty bold statement. Would we bring him in to anchor the midfield and push Arteta up the pitch a bit. Or would we put the Frenchman smack bang in the middle of the park? My fear with that trio is size. We’d have the smallest midfield in the Premiership.
What we really need is a Rosicky and Wilshere back in the side. That gives us far more quality with our options.
One player I’m ommitting from this is Frimpong. I do like his passion, but there are still massive question marks over his technical ability and his temprement. History tells us Wenger doesn’t tolerate players with big mouths… or noisy thumbs. I’d be surprised if he were at the club this time next year.
Outside of midfield, we’re desperately short of quality up front. That’s led to rumours that we might sign Drogba on a free transfer from his financially troubled Chinese club. This would be a perfect signing. We have two capable strikers, but we really need a third who can come off the bench and do some damage. The reason for this sits mainly around the fact that Podolski and Giroud tend to both be on the pitch at the same time. I doubt we’ll be able to afford Didier’s wages, but if he’s on a free, I’m sure we can offer something suitable until the end of the season. He could be the difference between a very hard season and a slightly easier one!
The final story of the day is the one about Walcott going to Juve for £10million. This one is a bit special. They offered £8million for a player who was the hottest striker on the planet with a year left on his deal, The Sun reckon they’ll offer £10million for someone who has 10 months left on their deal who is half the player. Intelligent reporting.
Anyway, that’s me done.
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See you in the comments.
P.S. Robin Van Persie was taken off injured for Holland. Kagawa was also a casualty of the international break. It’s not funny.
P.P.S I’m on a call with Jen Lehmann this afternoon. We’re best pals. It’s actually something we’re doing in conjunctions with Sport charity Laureus. If you have anything you’d like to ask Jens, drop it in the blog comments next to the word QUESTION: