Don’t get excited Arsenal fans. Today is going to be a boring day. Arsenal are likely to sign no one. Zlich. Nowt. Nudda.
Recent transfer deadline days have seen us sign:
- Danny ‘f’ing’ Welbeck
- Kim Kallstrom and his broken back
- Mesut Ozil
- Nacho Monreal
- Andre Santos
- Per Mertesacker
- Mikel Arteta
It has often been known as Arsenal biggest transfer day of the season. This year, however, I predict nothing will happen. We have done our business. Throughout the back end of 2014, we had 4 weakness. Goalkeeper, Defence, Defensive Midfield & Striker…
For a while, people have had their doubts over Wojciech Szczesny. I still have faith in the young Pole, who is still just 24 years old. However, if he is not good enough, already in the squad with have David Ospina
Ospina is an international class keeper who at the 2014 World Cup, conceded the fewest amount of goals and was key in Columbia’s run to the Quarter Final. Ospina deserves a run in the team to show if he can do it in the Premier League. If he does not, it gives us till the summer to scout and recruit a proper number one.
With the signing of Gabriel, our defence is fairly well set. We have more right backs then you can shake a stick at, adding in Carl Jenkinson on loan at West Ham. At left back we have, for me, the best left back in the league in Kieran Gibbs, with Nacho Monreal the best 2nd choice left back.
You could perhaps argue that we are still missing a 1st choice, dominating centre back, but Gabriel has been bought to push Koscielny and Mertesacker. With Chambers as 4th choice CB, we are fairly well set.
We are still short, having signed a world class defensive midfielder since we let Gilberto leave in 2008. The emergence of Coquelin is good, but not enough. We need a new defensive midfielder, but I honestly think a deal is done for someone in the summer, likely Schneiderlin. If the right man is not available, we should not be wasting money on the wrong man. Yann M’Vila is available, for example, yet why do Inter Milan, a stream struggling in Italy, wan to end his loan deal early? Why are the teams linked with him Swansea, West Brom, QPR & West Ham.
Yes, we could have perhaps pushed for Sami Khedira or Ilkay Gundogan but taking into account their injuries, these would have been a risk.
It is disappointing we are going to come to the end of another transfer window without a midfield reinforcement (I do not count Bielik as an addition yet), but I do believe there is something in the background happening for the summer. It can be the only explanation.
Wilfreid Bony joined Manchester City for £28million and £100,000. A lot of Arsenal fans were up in arms that we did not compete for the
30 year old 26 year old, but taking into account he would not be able to play until mid February due to the African Cup of Nations, he would have done little to improve our strike force this season.
With Olivier Giroud returning from injury & stupidity, he has reminded fans that he is much more than a goal scorer, with his ability to bring others into play. But he has also scored goals. 7 in 13 this season.
With Danny Welbeck also showing some ability, and the likes of Alexis Sanchez & Theo Walcott being able to play through the middle, I do not think it was necessary to replace the 200 and something minutes played by Podolski, Campbell & Sanogo.
The summer will be interesting. We still need a world class striker. One is not available in January (unless Cavani suddenly leaves PSG). Its leaves us considering options in the summer.
Would Giroud be happy as 2nd choice? Welbeck left Man U due to being unhappy playing 3rd fiddle and spending more time on the wing. Will he be happy returning to this situation at Arsenal? It is a situation for Wenger to control.
In the summer, I do not think we will see too much happening. Podolski, Flamini, Campbell will be let go, and we might see just 2 come in, a top central midfielder and a top striker. On deadline day in January, however, save your breath. No one is coming in.