Okay, so today is a chance to look at our defence. Many people including Arsene Wenger himself have lambasted the Toure-Gallas partnership. Arsene said last year that it was a struggle for them to deal with long balls, and we've seen them both have problems recently. The main problem is that they're pretty much the same player. Similar height, similar pace, similar position play.
You have to think why Sol Campbell and Kolo Toure worked so well all those years ago. It was because Sol would attack the ball whereever, whenever it was. He would be first to the ball, regardless of who was in the way. Toure had more pace and could recover and get the second ball. It was the Sol Campbell era that made Toure the defender that he is today.
Take a look at the Philippe Senderos and Kolo Toure partnership which took us to the final of the Champions League. Senderos is again a player who attacks the ball - a die hard defender - a no nonsense defender. Get rid of the ball at all costs.
Of course, Philippe Senderos has moved to Milan this season on a season long loan. Why? To gain experience from the team which is the most renounced for it’s defensive play? Why? Because of the continual errors of last season.
Arsene spoke of the transfer:
“Senderos has gone to Milan today and is not available anymore. He will go to Milan. He will complete a medical today. The thinking [behind the move] is that at the moment he doesn’t get the games here and that he can play somewhere and remain in a top level club. Without losing him we want him to play. It (whether the transfer will become permanent) is not decided yet.
I’d agree to some extent, but I would have rather seen him stay and Silvestre not come in. Senderos does offer us something and it seems like that something is missing in the Kolo-William partnership.
I really do hope Arsene looks at Johan Djourou as a serious alternative for either Gallas or Toure in the central defensive position. Kolo for defensive midfield anyone? Kolo along side Cesc in the middle of the park? Maybe that will happen now as Inler has rejected Arsene’s offer. His agent saying today:
“We have decided that Inler remains in Udinese. Any player would want to play for Arsenal, of course, but for Inler this may be perhaps a little early. Maybe a season too early.”
My view is that Djourou alongside Toure would be ideal. But I’ve never been a fan of Gallas. With Diaby and Cesc in midfield. Although Eboue has played there recently, I can’t see that his long term position is defensive midfield. So either Toure moves up, Djourou comes in or we’re going to suffer in defence this season.
We all know that I feel that Alonso is not the right person to partner Cesc… Does Arsene have another player up his sleeve? Hmm, only time will tell…
Arsenal vs FC Twente preview tomorrow… Cesc may play, he’s in the squad…]]>