Of course, in the last couple of days, I've been discussing the future of Adebayor and the omission from the squad on Saturday as well as the recent quotes from Arsene and the player himself. In a very interesting interview with Football Focus, the Togan international has pretty much admitted that it may be time to leave. And the rumour is that he will be leaving and you won’t see him in the squad this Saturday either. Many players may be concerned that another big player is potentially leaving, but in reality, a player can leave IF he is replaced. If he is not replaced, then it becomes a problem.
Part of me says he doesn’t need to be replaced with the amount of attacking talent at our disposal, but another part of me says he definitely needs to be replaced considering at one point Bendtner was our only fit striker… unless he has already been replaced by Arshavin who Arsene may already consider more of a striker than a midfielder…? Our attacking players (strikers / forwards wise) are Van Persie (more on him later), Bendtner, Vela, Eduardo, Walcott and Arshavin – of course with players like Jay Simpson also in and around the squad.
Another aspect of the requirement for Adebayor would be the formation, and Arsene has been experimenting with a 4-3-3 this season – mainly to accommodate players like Arshavin and Walcott in the starting line up, something that Chelsea have managed to adopt over the last few years and it seems to work. Personally, it’s a little bit different with Arsenal – we’ve always been a 4-4-2 side and even if one striker drops a little deeper, it makes sense for our game to keep it as is… but please note – Diaby and Cesc are not strikers and therefore should never be played in “the hole”…!
Okay, I’ve got off topic… I was talking about Adebayor and his future at the club. Yesterday, AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi spoke to the Italian press and had this to say:
“There is a good chance that we can get Adebayor. We will see at the end of the season. I still think he’s a good investment.”
And the stories begin again. This time though, the feeling may be more mutual than last summer. It’s a bit of shame if we do lose Adebayor but with VP, Eduardo and Bendtner (who is about as good as Ade – well this season at least – and 4 years his junior)…
Rumours that Arsene was considering an approach by Perez and his westside crew down at Real Madrid are just that… rumours. There is no real truth in it and something I’ve covered on in some detail in yesterday’s blog. It’s been very hard to find the source of this as it’s not been on any video or textual context. A lot of websites and news corporations are trying to make a lot of this rumour, but on Sky Sports News this morning, the quote read.
“Any coach would find the Real Madrid job an interesting proposition, but I am committed to Arsenal and have a contract until 2011.”
I’m not sure where Sky got their source from and I’m yet to see the full quote anywhere. Samir Nasri, a Wenger summer signing was quick to comment and appease the fans, as he’s recently joined in the debate and confirmed that he knows Arsene won’t jump ship. The guily French midfielder had this to say:
“But him leaving is out of question! Ask me the same question again in two years and I will tell you ‘maybe’. But I understand that he has a two-year project and is trying hard to help Arsenal link up with their glorious past. We will see what happens within two years. And we may speak about his future again.”
Arsene speaks to his players on a regular basis and with Walcott recently signing his new contract, you’ve got to think that question has already been raised and Walcott still signed, which means the answer’s been given already.
And finally, I’ve leave you with something positive and true that Arsene spoke about post-Saturday.
“But we had seven players today of under 22 years-old on the pitch. So why should we not hope to be even better next year?”
Very true, we’ve got a very young squad if you look at the players who participated in the game against United and if you throw in even younger players that we’re likely to play against Stoke a la Portsmouth, you’ll agree that the future is very bright… if Arsene can get his hands on two or three experienced heads, we’ve got years of great football and title challenges ahead of us!