The problem we will face these season is that we only have two defensive midfielders on our books. One is the raw talent, midfielder / centre back that is Alex Song and the other is the even rawer talent which is Francis Coquelin, a 17 year old signing from Laval this summer. Denilson and Diaby are attacking midfielders, who both like to get forward. Neither are the classic defensive midfielder that the team so desperately craves. Although Eboue is enjoying a good start to the season, he is no defensive midfielder either.
So, for the first time in as many years as I can remember, we start the season without an established defensive midfielder. Strange but true.
You have to wonder if there are serious issues with money. Despite the board’s continual statements that we have money, this year’s transfers have been a complete opposite. Let’s put the Nasri in and Hleb out deal to one side. Apart from that, we’ve reduced our wage bill by about £250k a week with the departures of Hleb, Lehmann, Gilberto, Senderos, Diarra, Flamini and Hoyte, made £3m from the Hoyte deal, £2m from Muamba’s move to Bolton, £7m from Bentley’s move to Sp*rs and also sent a few youngsters out on loan. The player’s we’ve got in are Coquelin for £250k, a 17 year old from Laval, Silvestre for £750k, a reject from United, Amuary Bischoff, an injured and free player from Stuttgart, and Aaron Ramsey for a cut down £4.8m. So we’re in profit for the second year in a row, yes, the second year in a row.
Arsene’s said he won’t buy unless a player can add to the squad. But at the same time, he’s said how we are short on numbers. A Matuidi, a De Guzman, an Inler, of course a bit of Alonso or a Barry would surely have been a “good squad member”, and that’s what a season is, a squad of players. There will be many times this season when we will suffer and say “if only we bought” and I truly believe it was a mistake not to buy at least one player who could have slotted into the DM position when needed.
Arsene, you are either Genius or you’ve made the biggest mistake for a while… I am a big fan of Mr Wenger, don’t get me wrong, I do like the philosophy of beautiful football, I do like the players we have, I’m excited after what I saw against Newcastle, no doubt, but please please please can we win something big soon, I need a Premier League or Champions League, I do… It was pretty hard to keep our squad this season and if we go trophy-less again, it will become impossible.
Arsene, you’ve done what you wanted to do this summer and the season is under way, no more can come in so it’s all action now. Tomorrow, I’ll forget about the lack of transfer activity and give a positive spin, but for today, seeing Keane, Berbatosh, even Robinho, Deco moving to our rivals, I know it’s going to be a hard season ahead.
Man, I would have loved Robinho… But we’ve got Nasri and Walcott, so we don’t need him!
Okay okay okay, I’ll stop rambling for now… Til tomorrow…]]>