Let’s talk Nasri, let’s talk Diaby and let’s talk Senderos… basically, let’s just talk!

Evening guys,

As the season draws nearer, the games are coming thick and fast – as I said yesterday, I will be back with a review of the game of SC Columbia soon, but I’ve yet to watch the game…! Actually, the games aren’t coming that thick and fast… we have to wait until Monday until the next game against our old pre-season enemy, the very hard to pronounce, Szombathelyi Haladas.

So, let’s take a look around the wonderful world of Arsenal, and Arsene has given us some info on Nasri’s injury… here is what he had to say:

“Unfortunately he fractured his fibula and he will be out for six weeks,” the manager said. “It was the bad news of the day.

“He accidentally nicked the ball away from somebody having a shot on goal. Unfortunately he got kicked and broke his fibula. It’s not a complicated one, it’s a simple one but it will take six weeks to heal.

“But the options are Tomas Rosicky who is back. And in [those] two months Eduardo will be back as well. We do have offensive options but we don’t want to lose important players before the season starts.”

And yes, that someone was “Diaby”. My first reaction to this injury was that it would affect us because we’re short in numbers. My initial thoughts (apart from Ahhh Diaby) were oh my gosh, who will we play… well, the addition of Arshavin and return of Rosicky has actually made the wing position relatively competitive…

On the wings, we have four players who can effectively be deployed on the wings – Nasri, Rosicky, Arshavin and Walcott. Last season, we had only Nasri, with Arshavin not recruited, Rosicky out for the season and Walcott also out of large periods of time. Add to that quartet the likes of Traore and Eboue and it kind of feels like we’re covered in the wing department, even though we’ve suffered a major injury – throw in Vela as well and even young Jack Wilshere and we’ve got 8 players to play in two positions.

In reality, last season is totally different to this season with the return of Rosicky and the signing of Arshavin, so if Arsene doesn’t sign a winger, I won’t panic. However, there are two positions that of course do need to be filled:

1) Striker

2) Defensive midfielder

And that defensive midfielder is not Philippe Senderos! Arsene doesn’t seem to think so either, despite playing him in that position yesterday.

“He has offers and it is open. He has come back here with us still looking for solutions but he is still yet to decide on his future.”

I’m sure Arsene would want Big Phil to take up one of the offers, believed to be from Aston Villa and Sunderland, for approximately £6m. It’s clear that we don’t really want him and we’ve signed a replacement for a first choice defender demoting him to sixth in the pecking order, time to go, surely…

And then there is the striker position, we’re left with the likes of Robin Van Persie and one of Niklas Bendter, Carlos Vela, Eduardo and maybe Andrei Arshavin as the support striker. Now of course, Ade wasn’t the best player in the world, but Carlos Vela and Niklas Bendtner may not strike too much fear into many defences. Of course, Eduardo and Arshavin are potentially world class talents, but I don’t see Arshavin as a striker, despite his preference to play their, he’s too small… surely? I think he’s pretty damn good on the wing and yes, he is good in a 4-4-3, but as one of the strikers in a 4-4-2, I have my reservations.

Arshavin does talk the talk, here’s an excerpt of an interview with SKY…

“Next season will be like my first real season. This has been like the preamble, a demo version before the start of the real game. Everything will start for real next season. We’ll have to see how that unfolds. My main concern will be making sure I keep my place in the team. I want to enjoy a good pre-season with the team. I have already adapted. I am very happy. The fans love me, which is important for me. We all believe that there will be trophies, and that the new season will be full of joy for the players and the fans. But we have to finish speaking about how young we are. We need to play like we are a big and strong team.”

And that’s right, the worry is that we’ve lost some serious experience up front without Ade. I don’t regret the decision to sell (not that it was my decision to sell), but I always thought that if we did sell, we’d buy a replacement. I wasn’t the greatest fan of Adebayor, but at the end of the day, I think I preferred him to Niklas Bendtner up front. With the Togan gone, we may see more of Niklas, and he was our first choice striker going into next season, should I be worried? Well, I think so. Eduardo is back too, but is he 100% fit and raring to go, is he at the level where he was before he got injured?

Personally, from a numbers point of view, I’d like a new striker. I think if we were to spend a decent amount we could get one, maybe a £10m striker (that’s what got us Henry all those years ago) or even an unknown from France (cite Nik Anelka) who can make an instant impact… of course, Chamakh is one of those players, and despite some people not really wanting him, I think he’d make a good addition. He adds to the group, has a decent height, good touch and pace…

Sp*rs, Everton, Sunderland, Blackburn, Fiorentina, Roma, Hamburg, PSV are all clubs which have been linked with the striker, and surely that says something positive about the player – or maybe they’ve all gone for him based on Arsene’s comments – I wouldn’t put it past Sp*rs at all!

Laurent Blanc, the current Bordeaux manager doesn’t think a small club will suit him and you kind of feel that Blanc knows he will suit a club like Arsenal. The former Man United player saying:

“I can understand Marouane wanting to leave, even him wanting to go at any cost, but he must go to a club which merits him. ”If this is not the case I might refuse his departure. If it does not work out he can stay at Bordeaux, it would not be a jail sentence to stay for another year after which he could have the promise of going elsewhere.”

Very interesting stuff. I think I’ll call it a day for today, I seem to have rambled on for a while…

Til tomorrow…

  • Berth

    Yes Dev – keep up the good work.

  • http://worldofarsenal.co.uk Josiah

    I don’t normally reply. But for me, Arsene should sign chamakh, because with the atmosphere and “arsenal ways” which will be drilled into him could make him a great player, he is also cheap so well worth it. Arsene also needs to sign a defensive midfielder, i personally think he should have took the chance with Felipe Melo, but now he is out of the question. Lorik Cana i believe would be 2nd best to Melo but would still be good, shame Arsene doesn’t like him. The boss needs to act quick , and snap up a striker and defensive mid, we already have our 6 foot lumpy centre back in Tomas Vermaelin who is prepared to put himself about for the team. We just need a defensive mid to link up with fabregas. Because as you said dev we have enough wingers and general midfielders. I hope Arsene can come to his senses..

  • Berth

    Who ever suggested Pavel Pogrebnyak wants what is best for the club. Until now I thought him to be just another guy; But this guy shoots with both feet-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOy8Rgmv4wk and the guy is intelligent enough to shoot (set piece)with his left. His quiet tall but may lack just a bit of pace. If asked should we get this guy; I will say yes ahead of Chamakh and Gignac; but not to Hunteleer. Wenger decision time please; get your ass up and do this for us; just this once please.

    I read the Ferguson and Ashley cole thing; where they both think Arsenal is the weakest team of the top four. People fail to realize that we have Arshavin, then Cesc and potentially Rosicky; at least Arsh and Rosic can tear any team apart and have the steel to play Chelsea and Manu; (sometimes is good to be the under dog; it makes life a lot easier)

  • Berth

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOy8Rgmv4wk – link for Pavel Pogrebnyak

  • Pete

    Welcome back Dev :)

  • Berth

    Dev and WOA; I’ve got a question – between a striker and a DMF which one should be top of our priority.

  • Debs

    Good news guys! Eduardo isn’t actually out for 2 months, and should play on Monday! :-) It says so on the Arsenal website!

  • Pete

    Beat me to it Debs :D

    Eduardo is set to make his pre-season bow on Monday at Szombathelyi Haladas.

    In past few days rumours have started circulating that the Croatian striker had picked up an injury that would keep him sidelined for a couple of months.

    This is not the case and today’s Austrian News Bulletin will carry footage of the 26-year-old hard in training on Wednesday afternoon.

    “Eduardo should play on Monday,” confirmed Arsène Wenger after the 7-1 win at SC Columbia earlier this week.

  • Pete

    Berth, I’d say DM is more a priority, but a striker is still high on the list. The DM position is the weakest area in our squad at the moment. With a proper DM we could do what United did last year and improve our defencive game to win matches rather than going all out in our attack.

  • Pete

    Also a few words from the Crozillian himself! :D

    A plethora of reports in the British media yesterday suggested that Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri’s two-month injury lay-off was accompanied by a fresh sidelining of Eduardo da Silva, however, this was news to the player, who later told Croatian press that he was “completely ready physically”.

    Manager Arsene Wenger clarified the situation when he stated on the club’s official website that, “Eduardo should play on Monday,” which is a stark contrast to the quote attributed to the Frenchman yesterday, “… in two months Eduardo will be back as well.”

    Eduardo, a Brazil-born Croatian international, has also been pictured training with the rest of the Arsenal squad while Wenger instils his preparatory ethos into the side during the club’s annual tour of Austria.

    Regarding his apparent injury, ‘Dudu’ as he is affectionately known, expressed surprise, “I do not know anything about the statement made by my coach. It can not be true. I am completely ready physically.
    Arsenal began their Austria trip in fine form as they beat SC Colombia by seven goals to one.

  • Yemi

    I tought the boss said he wants all his team together for preseason. So i think he should get someone fast or else come out and tell us he is out of the market till january!!!!!

  • Yemi
  • Vazy

    Berth

    Easily a DM first, tho I would love huntelaar to join, a choice between him and a properly established DM I sill would JUST about go for the DM option… Between a DM and any other striker defo has to be the DM IMO, tho for me Cana/Yaya + Huntelaar would be too awsome for words!

    Any more news of what’s happening with huntelaar and stuttart?

    Great news about our Crozillian! And on the reverse side of the coin awful about Nasri!

  • BOLLY

    Sorry but had to get involved having been looking recently. Wenger never said that Edaurdo will be back in 2 months, he said Edaurdo would be back during the 2 months that Nasri is out. And of course he is playing Monday. As for him wanting the sqaud together for pre season, he always says that but usually gets someone in very late , last minute or even after the deadline as happened with Arshavin. What i do not understand is that if Senderos is definately on his way then why play him as DM in last friendly? Song did very well in that position towards the end of last season but Blaise Matuidi will be here soon as seen twice at training ground in past 2 or 3 weeks and though another young ‘un is a good DM. Just my 2p. Bolly

  • BOLLY

    As I understand it, Huntelaar has stalled with Stuttgart as waiting for a prem club but I think he will end up at the Spuds unfortunately. I think the link with us is just paper talk as Wenger has said nowt but Harry Buyback has issued statements that he’s interested. Having said that, Crouch is closest to a move ther. tyhere is a rumour about Pavlachenko being offered to us!! I say give Bendtner a good go as at least he tries his heart out and has scored some crackers.

  • Gooner Get Ya

    Phew Eduardo is fit and ready…I have picked him for my fantasy team so I was hoping that the news would change.

    I am going to sit on the fence a bit in regards to buying a DM or striker as I think they are or equal value to our squad. It all depends on who is available to buy. We know that Huntelaar is available but what are his wage demands? that is what made the Stuttgart deal fall through. If wages are an issue there, the same issue will most certainly occur for us. I also can’t see AW going back to Russia for Pogrebnyak after the hassle from the Arshavin deal but you never know.

  • hello

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    DM first without a doubt… MIDFIELD GENERAL!!

    Look at any successful team from the last decade and they all have a midfield general who’s job is purely to disrupt any opposition attack and retain possession for the attack minded players.

    Successfull teams last season:

    Barcelona – Yaya

    Man Utd – Carrick (brilliant last season)

    Liverpool – Mascherano (possible the best general out there)

    Chelsea – Essien (were shit without him)

    Not so successful:

    Arsenal – Denilson/Song/Ramsey/Diaby/even tried Nasri (struggled without an established general)

    Real Madrid – Diarra/Diarra/Gago (struggled without an established general)

    VAN PERSIE, EDUARDO, BENDTNER, VELA, ARSHARVIN, WALCOTT and BARAZITE is sufficent… I am not saying this is a league winning strikeforce, but its certainly not far off. However add someone with proven quality to this (eg. Huntelaar) and this suddenly becomes a strike force that easily competes with the best sides in Europe.

  • Yemi

    Phew!!! Thank God edu is ok and rearing to go…..
    I just hope arsene buys. He should be able to get at least a DM and maybe a striker (i hope)

  • hello

    …basically this simple formular explains all:

    Arsenal – Ade
    + Huntelaar (or someone similar)
    = Same as last season

    or

    Arsenal – Ade
    + Yaya
    = Trophies!!

  • Yemi

    Hello, nice formula. So what of

    Arsenal – Ade
    + vermaleen
    + Huntelaar (or someone similar)
    =

  • fan

    ha nice analogy hello.

  • Debs

    Does anyone know if Clichy’s fit? He’s not featured in the past pre-season games, and no one’s mentioned him recently…

  • Leeroy.N

    The DM position needs to be filled but who and when? Yaya would be perfect, but he doesn’t want to leave.. but if Mascherano leave Liverpool for Barca then we are in with a shout. If not, we have to find a player whop will make an instant impact, there’s no point buying a player who needs to adjust, we might as well re-train what we have. I still think Diaby, Denilson and Song are our best hopes, thats only because they have been in the Prem now for a couple of season and this itch for a trophy much be getting strong. Diaby impressed me because he has been training through the off-season so he knows what he was missing last season and know’s what he need to improve on. I personally think his timing on the ball was his worst attribute. He’s not scared to tackle (ask Nasri) and he has unbelieveable skill and ball control, first touch is really good and we know he can shoot. With Nasri out now, it’s upto who we have to prove they have what Wenger can see in them. The Likes of Diaby, Wilshere, Ramsey and Vela all have an important role to play. Players like Bendtner, Djourou, Walcott, Eboue and Denilson need to dig deeper , work that bit harder and produce for Wenger and us. I’m looking forward to this season!

  • Gooner Get Ya

    Aresenal – Ade
    + Vermaelen
    + Inler
    + Huntelaar
    = Champions League + FA Cup Winners

  • Leeroy.N

    No news on Clichy as yet, he’s probably living it up on some beach or yacht in Dubai. haha!

  • Berth

    hello – intelligent write on number 17

  • Berth

    Leeroy. N – U talk like you are in Wenger’s coaching staff. Your right in some aspect of Lousy Diaby; but one of his horrible attributes is lack of ball control and not as you stated. I still rate him the list exciting player in the squad; he also needs to dig deeper than the players you mentioned -

  • Yemi

    Diaby’s main problem is that he is slow and holds the ball for too long. He doesn’t nake decisions quickly and is not a good back tracker. doesn’t defend once the ball is past him. You could see rooney (a striker) clearing several ball in defense last season. Working for the team !!!!

  • Yemi

    diaby doesn’t go forward or even backward. he plays strictly middle. His through balls are far in between. Doesn’t have a good sight

  • Leeroy.N

    I think they should hire me, I’d whip that team into shape HAHA! I mean yea, his control could be worked on. But he has good vision and he knows what he wants to do with the ball. I just feel his timing is off. His and the time he THINKS he has. I see him having a good season if he works on that. But I look at him more in the advanced role. He is able to ride tackles, players just seem to bounce off him. He can get himself out of situations involving more than one player and seems to be able to slip out still with the ball. He just gets himself into those situations way too often. I look at players like Cana or Inler but I’m just put off by the time it will take them to adjust.

  • Yemi

    I agree with u leeroy. He gets himself into those positions too often. But if u look at it on the bright side, that means he has a lot of confidence on the ball. but he doesn’t release the ball early enuff!!!

  • Leeroy.N

    Exactly! Let’s hope he is reading this right now. HAHA!

  • hello

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    GUYS… DIABYS ONLY PROBLEM IS HE HAS NO LEFT FOOT…

    I think he used it twice last season which was 2 time more than his previous season… Thats the main issue i think and its this that effects his Timing, Touch and Indecision.

    I am one of his biggest fans and i truely see him as a box to box midfielder, possible even the general we have been searching for… he really does need to step up and rid himself of his quite/poor performances.

    Lets hope he’s been working on that ‘LEFT BLOODY FOOT’ all pre-season!!

  • hello

    *quiet/poor

  • Leeroy.N

    Diaby has my vote.

  • hello

    .
    Agreed!

    …and under the wing of someone like vieira he could be incredible!

  • Leeroy.N

    I call or bringing Vieira back as an ambassador/coach.

  • Leeroy.N

    GOOD NEWS!!

    The Huntelaar to Stutgart transfer has been called off! Now lets hope Wenger has made that happen and NOT Redknapp!

  • Leeroy.N

    Stuttgart – apologies

  • Pete

    Hmm, just read the following.

    Arsenal are interested in Marseille midfielder Lorik Cana, the Albania international who has also claimed interest from Everton, according to French newspaper Le Parisien.

    Hope there’s some truth to this.

    Also, apparently Boardoux are refusing to sell Chamakh to Sunderland. Maybe Wenger has already spoken with Larene Blanc?

  • Leeroy.N

    I’ve never really seen him play, but what I have seen of him, he’s a No Nonsense player. Which would be great for us. But still a little worried about the time scale for adjustment. It would be amazing if we got the Arshavin-like instant impact… here’s hoping!!

  • Vazy

    where did you read that pete?
    Would love that crazy Albanian to be wearing an arsenal shirt!
    Also who else read cashly and henrys opposing views on where we will end up next season?

    Vermaelen
    +
    Cana
    +
    Huntelaar
    =
    Rediculously unrealistic BUT Vazy a happy chappy!

  • Pete

    Vazy, the Daily Mail linked to it today. dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-1201632/TRANSFER-GOSSIP-Spurs-Huntelaar-Real-close-Xabi-Alonso-Arsenal-eye-Lorik-Cana–Thursdays-transfer-gossip.html

  • Adeniyi

    I see no reason why Wenger shouldn’t bid for Miguel Veloso and also Simon Vukcevic from sporting lisbon.. those pair are a handful to handle. Vukcevic will give a lot of options in the attack and veloso most definitely in the defensive midfield role. We can as well get Lukas Poldoski, David Guiza or Oscar Cardozo of Benfica(I rate him highly). I believe Wenger can get any of the players and at a very good bargain.