I can’t remember a wetter August. It’s so depressing. You wait all year for the summer and it fails you. A bit like Arsene Wenger’s transfer dealings.
ONE PLAYER IS ALL WE HAVE
Really sad for all involved.
There is still time though. There are still clubs looking to sell. There are Arsenal’s looking to buy.
Cavani anyone? Rabiot? An injured Carvahlo?
It’s looking bleak, isn’t it?
I mean, this morning, we’re linked with a striker from the Russian league called Kokorin. I mean, if that signing was real and it was launching an album, it’d be ‘Now that’s what I called Banter 2’ and it’d be pretty dismal. I don’t know much ab0ut him, and I know you do find some superb players from those leagues, but I’d be very surprised if we’d unearthed a world class gem in January. Feels more like a… ‘a body, any body’… type of signing over Wenger being super cute in the transfer market.
I mean, the story is given weight by The Telegraph sport section who are now in such a state, they actually report on what the Metro is reporting. A once great new publication chasing numbers any way possible. Sad to see.
I can forgive us having trouble with a striker. There aren’t many about. No one has signed anyone of note. Most of the best strikers are in South America and our work permit system makes it tough to pick from that talent basket.
However, I can’t forgive a holding midfielder if we don’t sign one.
I thought the critique of Coquelin was strong yesterday, but I get that he isn’t perfect. However, we’ve had opportunities to sign players who are better than him. We could have signed Schneiderlin. He’s a ball player. A very good one. We could have signed Vidal. All the parts you look for in that role. We could have moved for Carvahlo early on in the window. We didn’t. We could still sign Grzegorz Krychowiak, but Wenger doesn’t want to pay £20m. Illaramendi IS GOING BACK TO SOCIEDAD FOR £11m! How can all these players be passing us by?
I mean, there are options. Everyone is focusing on the striker, but I think we can survive not having a world class striker. We certainly won’t survive Coquelin, Flamini and Arteta as a trio. Really worrying how weak our scouting network has been. That, or it’s worrying how much Wenger is dithering again.
I suspect the problem as usual is Wenger. I just refuse to believe his backroom team are looking at our squad thinking ‘Champions’… could be wrong.
Even with the current set up, you feel Wenger hasn’t sussed his midfield yet. He doesn’t have his vision set, or he does and it doesn’t work. Crazy that one of our big boasts is that we have a stable squad. It’s a stable squad and the manager doesn’t know how to get the most from it. That’s a worry, no?
He basically can’t make all his favourites work under one system. For me, Coquelin has to be in there. Aaron Ramsey does too. Then you have Ozil floating. I love Santi, but he’s not the future. If you flank that midfield with Sanchez and Chamberlain, then had Giroud through the middle, I think you’d boast a nice balance of directness and, errr, indirectness.
Wenger has to stop putting round pegs in square holes. It doesn’t work and it leads to unhappy players and narrow play.
Geoff said he watched the presser the other day and the manager was asked…
Not sure there was a compelling response. Everyone around you improves. Bringing in new players is about more than just the physical act. It’s a psychological boost to those around them. It makes players feel strong. More invincible. So far, we have one name. A great name. But the players are fans like me and you. They know the weaknesses. They’ll be looking at City feeling beaten. They’ll know our chances are slim. Why? Because the manager refuses to add.
Arsene, I am angry. I am disappointed. But I’m not surprised you’re taking it to the wire again.
It’s just sad that a good run of form from Arsene is met by regression elsewhere. One step forward, two back, errytime.
Have a good one!