Once again the rotten month of November has troubled us (I shouldn’t be saying this about the month of my birth but you can’t argue with facts!) We have lost momentum and I don’t think anyone who loves the Arsenal is feeling very positive these days.
The buying brigade is baying for blood, fresh blood. Transfer speculation never dies where the big clubs are concerned. Arsene on his part has added fuel to the fire by saying, “… we will be out in the market that is for sure now …”
Everyone has their opinion about who we should sign. But in most cases I haven’t seen a clear problem definition. For instance, some want us to buy a back up for Song. In principle it sounds like a valid thought as he is a very important player. But we have lost four games with Song in the team. So what is the guarantee that we won’t lose four more with anyone else that we sign. Consequently, signing someone as a back up for Song can’t really be a valid reason.
It won’t make sense if I dissect every thought someone has expressed on the net, so let me stick to my thoughts alone. I believe that Senderos is completely out of favor and we should not rely on him to have the motivation to perform for us if required. That makes signing a Center Back the top priority. We must look for a defender who is better than Gallas and can step in for our ex-captain. If the same person also has a dual ability, similar to Song, then he can fill in the midfield requirement as well. I don’t think it makes any sense to buy a central defender and a defensive midfielder. Essentially, we cannot change the spine of the team in January and hope that it will click.
Another important position that has raised concerns is the striker. Before the start of the season many were surprised that Arsene was interested in Chamakh as we had plenty of top quality attackers. Two injuries have changed all that. I believe that Bendtner is still the most important striker for us and his fitness and form will define our season.
The rumor mills have linked us with many marksmen. Chamakh, Dzeko, Pazzini, Balotelli, Carlton Cole, Kenwyne Jones, Van Nistelrooy, the list is endless. Basically anyone supposedly tall and strong enough to lead the line is a transfer target. If only life were that simple!
I don’t think the likes of Cole or Jones are going to help us much. There isn’t any guarantee over their fitness and temperament either. Chamakh looks like an unfinished article from whatever little that I have seen of him. He can’t really be expected to come in and change our fortunes from day one. The same goes for the likes of Balotelli and some of the others.
Some supporters want an instant fix. I am not sure it is easy to find anyone who can fit right into the team and deliver. Arshavin was an aberration. Most new signings don’t perform wonders right from the start, especially in January.
If Wenger decides to sign for the future, there might be plenty of options available. I tend to trust AW and believe that he will get this right. Unfortunately, it might not be a quick fix and could leave some people disappointed.
Any new signing always comes with some risks. The player might not adapt as easily or might get injured early on. It would be foolhardy to expect one or two new signings to change the course of our season. I am convinced the year end results will be determined largely by our present squad.
Another option Arsene might explore is taking someone on loan. I don’t know how the transfer market works and if it’s possible to do such deals for big players. Getting someone like Dzeko on a 6 month loan, with an option to buy, might be a good solution. Of course, this would also depend on the player and his present team having any interest in such a deal. Wenger could even look at the MLS for this. Although I don’t really know if anyone here is good enough to play for us.
To me, a Center Back is a must buy and we could do with a striker as well. What’s your pick – a big money savior or another youngster for the future? What would you do if there were 50 million pounds to spend?