We’re in the middle of a week of no football and considering how much football there has been in the last few weeks (i.e. 3 games in 7 days against Liverpool, Burnley and then Hull), it makes you wonder how the the fixtures people actually so this sort of thing!
So, as we all sit around wondering who we haven’t bought presents for or tuning into the only football around at the moment, the French league, we can all sit around and ponder whom we’d like to see join us in the new year. Between now and January the first, we will take on Villa at home and Portsmouth away. So, it is pretty apt that we discuss this now as there won’t be any time post Christmas…
Transfers, transfers, transfers… with Niklas Bendtner out and of course, more importantly, Robin Van Persie out for the season, is it wise for us to look at a striker. Of course it is. I have mentioned a few times that if we do buy a striker, then what will happen to the progress of Sanchez Watt and Giles Sunu amongst the others… Well, to be honest, have seen Arsene play Arshavin up front to accommodate the missing strikers, it strikes me that our youth players won’t really get a run out in the first team, so in fact, we should be looking a buying a striker.
Goalkeeper aside, another position we need to look at is the Song position – with the Cameroonion off to the African Cup of Nations, we’ve lost our first choice DM and we’ve also lost our cover for our centre backs. Considering Silvestre is trying his best to be a full back in the absence of our three preferred left backs, if Gallas did get injured, surely the out of favour Senderos can’t be our only option to cover. Considering we have Denilson and Ramsey and a host of kids such as Eastmond, Coquelin and Frimpong who can play DM, maybe the second buy is a central defender instead.
So back to the striking berth… and the candidates are…
The was he / wasn’t he / why was he released by Bayern Munich saga continues… and the Italian is proven pedigree and whilst I wouldn’t have put him in the top 20 strikers I’d have wanted, at zero cost, he could be a decent stop gap.
Ruud Van Nistelrooy
Simply put. Never. He is a player, albeit of decent quality, who has the Manc mankyness all over himself. He is a quality player, but a player I’ve always hated (since he signed for Man U) and would hate to see him in an Arsenal shirt.
So, we’ve got our top two strikers injured. Bordeaux refused the £7m we offered them last summer… would they settle for a £3m fee considering he could sign for us for free from next week? Arsene, is the offer ready? I would be happy to see Chamakh come in in January - Arsene rates him highly, and from what I’ve seen looks a bargain signing if we could pull it off…
Arsene has commented several times that he wouldn’t be against signing a player who was cup-tied for the Champions League and could he have been referring to the Wolfsburg striker. Probably the best out of the bunch, young, proven and offers us some aerial presence, but he would command in the region of £15m, would Arsene splash the cash or do we even have the money?
What do you think? Time to strike?