Another post by blogger “D” (thanks whoever you are).
A quote from Sky Sports yesterday read as follows:
“Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists that two heavy home defeats in the space of a week will not persuade him to panic buy in the summer”
Sky Sports isn’t the gospel when it comes to accurate reporting, but we can all hear those words coming from our manager.
It may seem premature to talk about this when there are still 2 games left of this season, but realistically, whatever the outcome, they will not change the situation we find ourselves in.
If you look at it logically, we are in a very similar position to the same time last year in as much as we suspect that some players will leave and we want to see new players brought in.
Of course we don’t need to panic buy. We have 15 weeks to do our research, amass the funds, talk to players and agents and secure the deals. The ‘panic’ was created by us last season when we dragged our feet, quibbled over money and simply just left it too late. The purchase of Silvestre could be viewed as a panic buy. The failure to secure Alonso had nothing to do with panic but everything to do with uncertainty over money.
On the plus side…….. we are told that there are funds available….. we now have Ivan Gazidis to execute the deals….. we have plenty of time.
On the minus side……we may choose to persist with the youth experiment for one more season……we don’t know if any of the current squad will be sold……there is instability at Board level and a power struggle is taking place behind the scenes….we still have to make hefty repayments on the loans to build the Emirates.
Opinions as to who should be sold (assuming we can find a buyer for them) and which positions need to be reinforced will vary. The squad lacks players experienced in winning things. We do not have enough players with leadership qualities on the pitch. We need to bring in some height and strength in the defence and power and tackling ability in the midfield. We need to strengthen the spine of the team. You could argue that a club of our size and aspirations should have a world class international goalkeeper. We probably have too many strikers….but not enough clinical strikers……
So there is plenty to do and WE HAVE PLENTY OF TIME……
Arsenal FC…… don’t waste our time with meaningless spin and statements designed to lower our expectations in case the club fails to deliver the much needed personnel. Don’t even bother to try to paper over the cracks. Pull out your fingers, sort yourselves out and start to reinforce the squad and rebuild our damaged reputation so that world class players will once again want to play for the Arsenal.