So the big news is in, Francis Coquelin faces up to two months out… the stories in the press state that ‘Wenger may have to buy in January’… what banter.
Here’s the thing, he shouldn’t buy in January. He knew there was a chance that a player who hasn’t ever played more than 30 games in a season would pick up an injury so he must have had faith in Flamini and Arteta. So he shouldn’t buy.
Let’s see how it pans out. Terrible idea, right? Right.
Reality is, he’s going to struggle to bolster. Wenger knew that he’d struggle to buy in January, because every December 15th, he says, ‘there is difficulty to buy in January’… so reality is, there’s a very slim chance of us picking up anyone of note.
So we’ll be left with buying an exceedingly expensive player or we’ll be lumped with a Kim Kallstrom (hopefully one without a broken back).
It’s a laughable situation. It’s laughable, because there was no feasible reason not to sign back up this summer. In fact, really, we didn’t even need back up, we needed someone as good, if not better, than our Frenchman. We should have looked at Schneiderlin. French, 26 years old, played in the UK since he was 18, come up through the ranks. We could have nabbed Vidal who seemed to be fluttering his eyes at London most of last season, a bit old, but young in comparison to what we have. We should have pushed through with Carvahlo, a player who destroyed Germany on his own at the U21 Championships and for all intents and purposes looks like a total beast that is Prem ready. There’s even the young kid at Barcelona who isn’t getting any games we could have borrowed for three years.
There were so many options this summer. It was the summer of defensively minded midfielders. Yet Wenger put his faith in Arteta and Flamini to save the day. Zero ambition bordering on negligence. In fact, let’s call a spade a spade here… it was negligence. So were the preceding years when he didn’t really believe in an out and out DM. When the lay people like me and you see it, why is our expert manager not seeing it?
Talking of spades, here’s the thing with Arsenal fans, we’ve built up a defence mechanism where we never call the spade out for what it is.
Summer passes and we know the squad isn’t there… but we wait.
Things start going wrong… like injuries, but we wait (but look at Chelsea)
We drop points… but we use the context of other teams to say it’s ok.
We lose major players, but we wait because we think January will be our saviour.
January isn’t our saviour, but the window is shut so ‘shut up and support the lads’
We find ourselves out of contention, but fighting for top four.
We make top four… we’re happy, because it was a dogged fight that showed title grit.
Then we convince ourselves the manager will pull something out the bag in the summer… and we wait.
AND GUESS WHAT, HE DOESN’T
Sorry about all the fury, I just feel like I’m writing about this all the time. Someone called me knee jerk yesterday. This blog has been going along the same lines since 2007. I feel like you could reprint last 2012’s blogs and no one would know the difference.
But there you go.
We are only 2 points off the top, right?
Yes, that is right.
But now we have the dreaded dilemma of rushing players back into contention. We have a Santi into his thirties who can’t be rested now. Jack Wilshere looks tempting, but oh so fragile… Aaron isn’t going to get a smooth transition back into the side, it’ll be blood and guts straight away, remember what that did to a returning Theo a few seasons back? Broken inside 6 games. Tomas Rosicky, at what, 34? Bielek?
F*CKING CHAMBERS AT DM!
Look at the desperation.
It’s major headaches all round because we forgot the reason why we had these same headaches the season before!
A SMALL SQUAD (small in the sense that once you write out the dross, you don’t have a lot).
Right, that’s me ranted out. I just punched the intern. Things got out of hand.
Have a blinder my pretties, I’m off to see HR x