It’s Monday morning and things are getting exciting in the transfer market. Arsene Wenger is talking about Benzema potentially leaving Madrid this summer, which means he could potentially be looking to sign him for Arsenal.
Now. I’m going to take a massive punt here and say that Wenger might be using that as a smokescreen for another deal. Could be totally wrong because I only have a view on one name, but I’m not sure why Wenger would break the habit of a life time and talk about actual targets before he even has an overview of what Carlo is planning.
This summer is way more interesting than summers of yesteryear because you sense clubs are having to be a little more realistic than they normally would be. Selling to rebuild seems to be an interesting theme. Chelsea will have sold Mata, Luiz, Hazard and Lampard (free) by the end of the summer. Manchester City will have dumped a whole bunch of talent as well. Clubs can’t hoard players these days because it affects their ability to manoeuvre in the transfer market.
That’s why having £170m+ at your disposal is quite nice. We can spend all of that and not have to worry about any sort of bank balancing exercises. Trouble is, asking Wenger to spend money like that would probably end up in some sort of projectile committing session from the manager.
Still, money buys you trophies, sort of. Gareth Bale won Madrid the Champions League final. Manchester City won the Premier League after free spending. Bayern smashed the Bundasliga with an outrageous season that included a cup. PSG won Ligue One. Juve won the Scudetto. The only real upset came from Atletico, who, let’s be honest, have tried to behave like a big club if their monster debt is anything to go by.
So basically, Arsene, be free. Spend some of that cash. Have a damn party.
Hopefully some leaks will drop out of the club this week. I think we’ll spend big on a exciting multi-talented front man, a young dynamic defensive midfielder, a wide player and a right back. We’ll also have to stock up with a goalkeeper a centre back and maybe a spare striker.
We’ll see though… Wenger moves in mysterious ways.
Before I go, did anyone see the Premier League team of the season? It had 5 Arsenal players in it. Quite amazing work from the Arsenal digital community. Giroud, Koscielny, Ozil, Ramsey and Chezzer.
P.S. Just started with True Detective, a line from Cole sounds like something right out of the Arsenal blogosphere.
‘I consider myself a realist, but in philosophical terms, I’m known as a pessimist’