Before I start ,I must say that I have no inside information or no ‘sources’ and I’ve heard nothing on the Arsenal grapevine. This is solely my opinion formed on what I’ve experienced as an Arsenal fan by witnessing Wengers transfer market ambition (or lack of) for the last 5 years..
I may be wrong and I hope I am. I really want Wenger to shove a huge slice of humble pie in my face but I dont think he will, nothing over the last 5 years has made me believe the hype that Wenger will seriously invest in the squad this summer.. Arsenal FC will not sign another CB.
Wenger is not the type to fork out £10million on a first team player, nevermind a backup, so Kos will not be a bench warmer next year.. He’ll be playing and he’ll be playing regularly. This is not the key factor that forms my opinion. The fact that Arsenal.com has been blowing smoke up JD’s arse the last couple of days tells me that Kos and JD are our ‘new’ CB’s..
The defender spent almost all of last term on the sidelines with a knee injury but is ready to fill the void left by the departures of William Gallas and Mikael Silvestre.
Says it all really.. If my opinion is correct this leaves us in serious trouble..Kos is a nobody and is nothing like Tommy V was..TV was captain of Ajax and was a regular in the Belgian International team..Kos has never played a big game in his life and Wenger expects him to come in and do the job in the toughest league in the world?? Not a chance..I’m not saying this guy is the next Stepanovs, but I very much doubt he’s the next Tony Adams either..I’d say hes somewhere inbetween and he’s the next Cygan..Is another Cygan really the answer when what we really need is another Keown, Adams, or indeed a younger Sol Campbell..
Can J.D. do a job? He’s big and strong, fast and athletic. He looks like he has the perfect attributes for a top class CB..Saying that I don’t think he’s the answer either. Everytime I’ve seen him play he’s not been very convincing and the fact he’s spent the last year out with injury means there are huge doubts over his fitness and form. Don’t get me wrong I’m not saying he wont stay fit, but we all saw what happened to both Dudu and Rosicky after lengthy absences. Dudu was, in the end, sold and Tomas has never regained the form that earned him his nickname when he was younger.
Buy basement bargain unknowns, wait for injured players to return and promote from within has been Wengers philosophy for a while now and I don’t expect it to change. I think Wenger will be happy with TV, JD, Kos, Song, Nordtveit and Bartley and will tell us we are ready.
I don’t for one minute believe Wenger will sign a GK either. He has recently gone on record as saying he doesn’t know his number 1. It’s an honest admittion but it’s nothing we didn’t know already. The GK position has been a serious problem for a few years now and it didn’t change then and I don’t have much faith it will change now. Just because the manager admits he doesn’t know who is number 1 is doesn’t mean hes going to buy one..He’s just accepting the fact he’s got a couple of average ones and a couple of unkowns and he’s expecting (hoping) one of them will step up to the challenge..
For a start Wenger doesnt see the GK position as an important position. Even Bob Wilson said he didn’t see eye to eye with wenger over how the GK was trained. Secondly, Wenger will never in a million years spend big money on a GK. Given was available for a measly £7 mil and Wenger saw it as too much!! Really???? Thirdly, Wenger thinks that spending £2mil on a problem position is the answer. Well Mark Schwarzer is not the answer and we should stop wasting our time chasing players who are no better than what we’ve got already. Thank god we’ve been priced out of a deal by his £4mill price tag. I would normally see being priced out by £4mill as embarrassing, but under the circumstances I think its a blessing in disguise. We need improvements, not another average player to compete with average players..
Wenger will again go with what he’s got, hoping for somebody to do a ‘Flamini’.. If that’s the case then he’ll need about 5-6 of his players to do a ‘Flamini’ becuase we weren’t good enough last year and we won’t be good enough this year if we don’t sign anyone else.
The CM, CB and GK positions have been a problem for the last few years now and have been neglected in every window until the situation has become unbearable. I dont see the situation changing.
If Wenger was out to improve he would have done it by now..
Everyone wants to see improvements, Wenger has promised them year after year with no conviction. What makes it any different this year?
Arsenal are a top side, both foreign and domestically, but they don’t act like one. Arsenal should be at a stage now where the only players that can improve the squad are world class ones. The fact we are still signing players who were playing french league two football only a year ago tells us how big Wengers ambitions really are and how weak the squad is in certain positions.. 3rd place is a trophy and I won’t hold my breath to see any major signings this summer.. I’d even go as far to say we wont be signing anyone else.
Sorry for seeming so negative, but I’ve had enough. I haven’t believed a word Wenger has said for the last few years and I didn’t believe him when he said our team would be sorted before the World Cup or indeed Pre-Season.
Thinking about it, he probably was telling the truth. The team is now sorted. No wonder Cesc wants out..
Cesc will probably leave next season and if the situation doesn’t change at Arsenal then I wouldn’t lose any sleep if Wenger followed him out of the door..
Wenger is a fantastic man. A wonderful innovator and a brilliant accountant, but over the last few years his philosophy on squad building, man management and team tactics has been quite ridiculous and his legacy as being the greatest manager Arsenal has ever had is in serious danger of being tainted and stained.
In trying to take us forwards we are going backwards and it seems everybody barring Arsene Wenger can see it..
We are The Arsenal. Filling the squad with basement bargains, crocks and kids is the philosophy of Allardyce, Coyle, Mcarthey et al.
In an age where everyone is skint and we are the only ones, barring Citeh and Chelsea, with any money I find it ridiculous that we still aren’t stamping our authority on the transfer market.. I don’t understand how in the same year we can give 17 players new contracts, pay £150 mill off a loan and still announce profits of over £40mil and do absolutely nothing in the transfer window… I don’t get it. What are we waiting for? After the performances of certain players, not just last year but the seasons before, does the manager think they will be any better this year??
Lets hope we see some real activity in the next few days..Otherwise we are in for another season of ‘ fingers and toes crossed lads, lets aim for fourth see how far we get beyond that and hope for the best’, instead of saying ‘we are genuine title challengers, we will be there from start to finish and not fall away at the end like we always do’..
As things stand,I’ll be happy with 4th place this coming campaign…