Do We Need Another Centre Back?

Someone, I can’t remember who, posed the question ‘Could we cope with a serious injury to William Gallas?’ It didn’t take long to come to the conclusion that any team, no matter who, would suffer if they lost their most experienced defender; although, in our case, the problem is compounded by the fact that he is not only our most experienced defender, he is also our main goal scorer.

Djourou would seem the most likely candidate to get the nod; he has the one thing that Wenger values more than anything and is the reason that his national team partner is up for sale and not he – Djourou has pace.

When Gallas got injured last year and Djourou was called upon, he took his place along side Toure and being the respectful Swiss young man that he is Johann looked to his more experienced partner for guidance, the result being comical: a football version of Dumb and Dumber. Kolo can’t organise himself let alone anyone else, it was screamingly obvious then and even more so with the objectivity that wearing a sky blue shirt gives.

There is, however, a new reason to be optimistic. If Gallas gets injured then it is reasonable to assume that Djourou will once again be the first choice replacement but this time he will be along side someone who knows about organising defences — Tomas Vermaelen. It is noticeable on telly and even more reassuring from first hand reports from Jonjon at the Everton game that this man is very confident and knowledgeable when it comes to organising the defence and it takes a very small leap of imagination to envisage him helping Djourou enormously.

There is of course the possibility that both Gallas and Vermaelen could get injured, in this scenario I would expect Djourou and Song to play. This partnership was very successful in the CC last season. The funny thing is that when Djourou is the more experienced central defender of the two he takes on a very different persona; he becomes very…..well, like Vermaelen…… organised and commanding.

It’s gets a bit scary after this if we carry on playing the “what if game” as we start getting into Silvestre territory.

Will we buy a new defender? Much depends on Swiss Phil, I get the impression that he would prefer to work in Italy or Spain. Once these CL qualifiers are sorted out it will be clearer who will have extra money to spend. Fiorentina showed some interest in him earlier, maybe they will renew it if they qualify. But if they don’t then he may chose to stay and as back up; I reckon he would be fine, after all he certainly knows the system and what would be required of him. What do you think?


23 Responses to Do We Need Another Centre Back?

  1. London says:

    Good Morning Roadsters

    A little something to think about.

  2. avenell says:

    Haha London.. I tried to beat you I have a new post too. do you want mine taken off?

    Or let’s run both together .. up to you..

  3. London says:


    I’m really sorry, just take mine off.

  4. London says:

    Ave just delete mine

  5. avenell says:

    No London leave them both on.. I will put a link on both.

    It isn’t your fault it was a coincidence that you was writing on a similar subject, I thought it was funny.

  6. avenell says:

    I’m confused lol.. 😦

  7. Irishgunner says:

    Tickets for tomorrow night are on General Sale 😕

  8. avenell says:

    Hi Irish.. That’s quite a shock, the tie isn’t over yet, if they get an early goal the pressure will be on..

  9. PDT says:

    Nice to see folks being nice to each other…

    Hi Irish!

  10. Irishgunner says:

    Hi Avenell and PDT,

    I looked it up and it seems that Club Level tickets are available – suppose we’ll see tomorrow night.

    We have a great head-start but can’t be complacent.

  11. Irishgunner says:

    Hi London as well 😳

  12. avenell says:

    I have to nip around the neigbours and work on his motor home.. I will pop in and out..

    Hi PDT.. we are nice.. 😉

  13. PDT says:

    I think Senderos is good enough. He is as good as Djourou, all he needs is a sensible levelheaded CB next to him.

    I think he will do well with us if he can last out two more seasons, though I don’t think AW will give him a contract next year.

  14. Irishgunner says:

    Wenger doesn’t seem to trust him anymore does he PDT?

    Thing is, if he stays, he will get a chance at some stage – be it in the Carling Cup.

    Wenger went from thinking he was Captain material to been open to selling him. If he has his head sorted a bit he could be more than decent back up.

  15. avenell says:

    In case you haven’t read it..

    London and me posted a new post within 5 mins.. some of the points I have covered there.. It was a long comment really..

  16. avenell says:

    Guy Richie is going to make a film on the Arshavin transfer.. 😎

  17. rico says:

    Afternoon, in the words of a merekat – it simples

    If he goes, replace him with someone better and I will be happy, but if he doesn’t go, the club need to sort out a contact extension or he will walk for free next summer or go really cheaply in January.

    He doesn’t want to stay with us, so why keep him??

    Cesc himself said the club should only have players who want to play for club..

  18. Big Raddy says:

    The great news from todays press conference is that Mozart is in the squad for Saturday !! I can’t believe it. Not long ago I said that he would never play again.

    Well done that , man. I am so looking forward to seeing him in the team.

  19. London says:

    I agree Big Raddy that is certainly the news that has lifted me today aswell.

  20. rico says:

    I also think Cesc will be fine for Saturday, and Theo will be on the bench – we should have a very strong starting eleven against Manure – as long as Celtic don’t try and kick lumps out of us again..

  21. rico says:

    All very quiet, so I am off, catch you all soon

  22. London says:

    I’m hopping up and down like a cat on a hot tin roof since hearing the news that Rosicky is back in the squad for Saturday’s game. I’ve been asking myself what’s going on, what’s going on. The answer that springs to mind is that Wenger not only wants to show our strength on the field he wants to show it on the bench as well; which, by my calculation will be made up of Rosicky, Walcott, Eduardo, Diaby and Eboue: that is one hell of a strong bench. If any one of those five is playing then replace their name with Bendtner. After that comes Ramsey, all in all our bench wins by a country mile; that just the formality of showing our superior strength on the pitch now.

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