Arsene Wenger promised that he’d give us some good news this week and on Monday we signed the prodigy that is Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and then today we’ve heard that Ryo Miyachi has been granted a work permit to play for Arsenal this season. And that makes it an exciting two days down at the Grove. It also brings further excitement to what else could happen this week!
We’ve effectively added two wingers to the squad, and if you throw in Gervinho, we’ve suddenly got some exciting attacking options. It’s one in and one out down at the Grove, so for each signing, we can presume someone is leaving… let’s take a look at who is replacing who…
Gervinho replaces Niklas Bendtner
The arrival of the Ivory Coast International Gervinho has been widely known as a signing to replace Niklas Bendtner. Although the destination is not known, Bendtner is believed to have agreed terms on several contracts – the Danish International has never quite made it at the top level.
“Yes. I have done my part as well as I can and it’s up to Arsenal now to sort it out, I can’t do anything more. Hopefully it will be sorted soon but as I said to the Danish press, when I know something they will. I would like to play at a place where you are happy and play every week, that is the most important thing for any football player and hopefully that will happen soon.”
It’s disappoint ing to see a young player who has been afforded so much time and grace in the first team end up leaving the club. After all, all those horrible misses by Bendtner were all part of his education – I do believe he will go on to be a good player somewhere – but I do back his departure too. He’s let us down way too much and never really managed to break himself into the first team – his Carling Cup outings and inability to score against lower sides shows that he’s not quite there. His replacement, Gervinho, looks much more like an Arsenal player – he is tricky, mobile and has pace – surely a perfect fit for the Arsenal…
Carl Jenkinson replaces Emmanuel Eboue
As with Bendtner, Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Emmanuel Eboue is talking to several other clubs. His lack of appearances last season showed us all that Arsene had lost his faith in the Ivorian and realised that defenders need to be solid. Carl Jenkinson was brought in to replace Eboue – albeit from a lower league – but he does look like he has a good future ahead of him – he’s come in as backup to Bacary Sagna and the good thing with Jenkinson, is that he looks like he is up for it – both physically and mentally – and he also seems very versatile – reportedly can play left, right or centre.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replaces Samir Nasri
Whilst Samir Nasri has been a class act for us – especially last season – he’s determination to move means Arsenal have no choice but to sell. He looks like he will be on the way to Man City for a reported fee of £25m, but only time will tell. AOC has come in and I think he will play this season – I don’t think he will play in the reserves or go out on loan – he looks like a very decent prospect, and with Walcott injury prone, AOC could come in to the squad more often than he expects this season…
Joel Campbell replaces Carlos Vela
Neither deal has been confirmed by the club, so it’s reallly… Joel Campbell (unconfirmed) replaces Carlos Vela (unconfirmed) who may go on loan… Campbell has been linked with Arsenal all summer and we have now had unconfirmed reports that the player has signed. Carlos Vela, on the other hand, looks like he’s staying one minute, but then going the next – we’re really not sure whether he will be an Arsenal player next season. Campbell may not be one for the first team – he may not even get a work permit, but in terms of squad numbers, he replaces Vela who himself was on loan last season…
Miyachi replaces Denilson
Denilson, as you already know, has gone on loan to Sao Paulo, and although Miyachi and Denilson play in different positions, in terms of the squad, one replaces the other. With Ramsey, Wilshere, Lansbury, Song and Frimpong all able to hold their own in midfield – oh yeah, and Diaby – the need for Denilson has reduced, and the fact that Miyachi’s work permit has come through and he’s in the squad this season, adds to our wing options as well as the “Cesc” role, just ahead of the two central midfielders.
Who replaces Cesc?
The Cesc saga continues, and if the player does leave, then we will need to replace him – we don’t have enough experience or ability to cover his departure and many people think that the deal to sign Mata is directly linked to the deal to sell Cesc. Personally, I’d be happy if Cesc stayed AND wanted to stay – but if his heart is not in it and he wants to go, then we have to replace him with quality.
The Champions League squad was announced today, and it saw both Cesc & Nasri included – and I agree with that inclusion. If they don’t play, then can still leave without being cup-tied, but there are no deals in place for either, and a slim possibility that they may stay – yes, very slim – but if they do, then surely they will be part of our Champions League qualifiers? Many believe that including them will also force the hand of the clubs after them – also a possibility!
The full squad list is:
Robin van Persie
The reason we have Oxlade-Chamberlain in the list despite his age is because he has not been at the club for more than two years, whereas Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Szcznesy and Frimpong are included, but as part of the B list of unlimited youth players!
Okay, that’s enough from me – I leave you with my fingers crossed that we hear even more good news tomorrow!