After having him on loan in December 2008 and with the scouts monitoring him on a regular basis, Brazilian under17 International Wellington Silva has recently completed his move to The Gunners in a £3.5million deal. The player however will not arrive at the Emirates until January 2011, as rules state the player must stay at his club until he his 18. The best part of £2million has already been paid in advance to his club Fluminese, with the rest to come when the player arrives…
Normally, I wouldn’t have a problem with this. During his trial with us he hit 4 goals in one youth game and it is rumoured that in 19 games he played at youth level in Brazil he hit 51 goals. So it’s no surprise the club have made their move early and bagged what is probably the most sought after 17 year old in the world..
But here’s my problem. Although the goals have still been coming, the absence of Robin Van Persie for the rest of the season is bound to hit the club hard at some point, especially when it comes to the business end of the season and the pressure games in Europe and Domestically start to come thick and fast. It’s plain to see that we are short up front. Bendtner is out until the end of this month and he’s known to be a slow starter. Eduardo is still finding his feet and the slightest injury could set him back again. And with Vela and Walcott not cutting the mustard at all, this leaves the club relying on Arshavin. An injury to that man could end our season. So we could really do with a tad more quality upfront. Even Wenger has suggested many times in recent interviews that he is looking.
I want him to do more than look. I want him to find and buy. There are plenty of quality strikers in Europe who would jump at the opportunity to sign for Arsenal. If the club can fork out £2million up front for a striker who wont even be joining the club until next year and then take 2-3 years to develop, I think they can fork out a few million quid for a quality striker now who will help us push on and keep up the momentum in the league.
If Wenger finds such a striker, then I will be chuffed to bits. If he doesn’t, I’ll be a little bit miffed as to why the only striker he’s bought wont be ready to play for the first team until 2014…
However, the attack is not the only area we are left short. With Song absent for a while we are left short of a player who can marshall the midfield in a defensive capacity. A player who can get box to box, contribute to the attack when necessary, but is aware of his defensive duties first and foremost. Denilson’s not really the best and his back injury could mean he is in and out of the team for a few months. People are saying Diaby can fill the void but I don’t think so. Diaby’s an attacker and plays best when he’s let off the leash. Asking Diaby to play a more disciplined, all action role in the centre of our midfield is a square peg in a round hole and is just asking for below par performances. Besides, he’s only had 3 good halves this season and people think he’s ready for the Ballon D’or. This is not the case. Diaby’s inconsistent and although recent performances (halves against weak opposition) have been impressive, I wont be losing any sleep if we lost him for a while the same way I lose sleep if we lose Cesc or Song.
So what about Flamini? He’s unsettled at Milan and has spent most of his time this season sat on the bench. He was Ancelotti’s signing, but he doesn’t seem to fit into Leonardo’s plans and with Gattuso recently signing a new contract, Flamini’s days look numbered. In a world cup year he will be looking to play regular and Lyon seem to be offering him a way out. Their own box to box man, Jean Makoun has been unsettled himself this season, with dreams of a move to one of Europe’s top teams left in tatters by Lyon in the summer, Makoun has responded with some below par displays this year and has now headed off to the ACN with Cameroon. Lyon see this as a perfect opportunity to replace him with Flamini.
If Lyon do make their move, I hope Wenger matches whatever they have to offer and bring Mad Matthieu back home. We could really use his energy in the middle off the park, something which none of our other midfielders have and to top it off, he knows how to play ‘Wengerball’.. So there will be no adaptation period and he can fit right in..
Come on Arsene, you know it makes sense..