Things are moving quite fast in all the transfers, with Real Madrid, Barcelona (now they’ve admitted David Villa talks, despite Real Madrid agreeing a fee), Man United, Chelsea, Inter Milan and of course Milan all busy in the transfer market. But it’s been relatively quiet in the actual transfer news regarding anything relating to Arsenal – the only hint of a proper transfer is the deal with Ajax over the signing of Thomas Vermaelen, which in itself is not confirmed although highly anticipated.
As I pondered this (for several hours in which included several cups of tea), it suddenly (several hours later) dawned on me that we’ve got the least of the problems out of the top teams in Europe… Let’s take a look – starting with United – a team who, yes they won the title, but in actual fact, none of the teams challenging really challenged them… but this summer, they’ve lost two of their stars of last season, Ronaldo and Tevez, some big names to replace there – and both players are at the top of their game and massive losses. Giggs and Scholes are finally past it, and you can easily add Gary Neville to that list, so in actual fact, they’ve got some serious squad surgery to do.
Take a look at Chelsea and you’ve got way too many egos, some of the world most hated players and a lot of players over 30, some players like Deco and Ballack, surely past their prime. They’ve also got a new manager and that’s going to take it’s toll as they try to settle down. Then of course, you have Liverpool, who this summer have been plunged into serious financial consideration, which makes the Keane sale in January more interesting – their squad is just very much unbalanced, take out Torres and Gerrard and you’ve got quite an average team. Alonso and Mascherano both looking to leave and for financial reasons, it looks like both may just do that. The link with Tevez, in my opinion, is a marketing gimmick.
Then you look at Milan and they’ve got a lot of reworking to do, with Maldini retiring, Kaka leaving and Shevchenko looking a shadow of his former self, not to mention the recent issues with Ronaldinho and the release of Ronaldo. Inter Milan have lost Figo, Ibrahimovic want out, Mourinho wants the old aged pensioners of Deco and Carvalho – and then you look at Real Madrid, who seem to have to most unbalanced squad around – yes, they’ve got some big names, but Ronaldo and Robben in one team simply won’t work – it’ll take a year, some big ego clashes and a new coach or two before they become a force…
So, looking closer to home at our team Arsenal – it’s very simple to see that we’ve got one of the best teams around, brimming with potential and stars such as Andrei Arshavin, Theo Walcott and Van Persie. We’ve got some of the best young talent in Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Carlos Vela… add the returning players of Eduardo and Rosicky to the pool and suddenly we look very strong.
I think Arsene is doing the right thing this summer – firstly, keeping the squad together and then secondly strengthening the two areas where we need a bit of re-inforcement – central defence and central midfield. Think about it… it’s not all bad is it?
In other news…
Cesc Fabregas, having scored for Spain in their 5-0 thrashing of New Zealand, replied to the recent quotes about him and Pep Guardiola and said:
“My future right now is in the same place. Arsenal have already said that I’m not for sale, which fills me with pride. If some day I left Arsenal, it would not be to stay in England. As everybody knows I really want to play in the Spanish league. In England the top four teams are much better than the others and in Spain it is more even.”
You’ll probably hear news tomorrow regarding him “wanting to leave and play in Spain” but in reality, reading closer to the story – he says “if some day” he leaves Arsenal – cite “if” there as the main word in the story… Need I say more?
Til later mes amigos…