Earlier in the day I was listening to Arsene’s pre-match press conference. It was moving ahead as usual with discussions about injuries, title hopes, top four places and such trivial things. One hack then shifted the focus to something more sizeable.
Journalist: Fabregas has said that the club needs a big physical presence up front, do you agree?
Arsene: (after what looked like “phew!”) Who would deny that? (pause) But I believe as well … since I am in football, you always would miss something. You know, you always miss something, the real question – can we win as we are now? And I say yes and that’s what we want to focus on. I believe we have some taller players out but it doesn’t stop anybody from winning.
I think that’s a very telling statement. As a manager, one is likely to miss some aspect or the other at all times. No one can plan for every eventuality and it is important to adapt. Right now, Fergie is missing his defenders, Arsene is missing tall players and others have their own set of issues. It is overly simplistic to believe that one variable could make or break the season.
I believe what Arsene is saying is that each decision is based on multiple factors. That does not mean we don’t need to sign anyone in January, but we must be good enough to win right now without signing anyone. A winning run without tall players (we can’t buy till January anyway and the player might need time to settle) will certainly throw a different light on the issue and it’s quite likely that everyone will forget about size if the results start flowing.
I thought it might be interesting to compile a list of the top scorers in the league along with their height and weight.
This data is from the Premier League website and I haven’t cross checked with any other source.
It’s interesting to note that the man at the top of that list is perhaps the smallest in terms of height and weight! So, is size a big deal?