The summer transfer window closes 11pm, September 2 and that’s some 9 days away, inclusive of today. Arsenal’s solitary signing is young French striker, Yaya Sanogo who joined as a freebie. The Frenchman has come under intense scrutiny and serious flak from fans for refusing to spend and this was further heightened when the teams suffered an embarrassing home loss to Aston-Villa on the opening day of the season. The match didn’t only cost Arsenal some 3 points, it also sent young midfielder Oxlade Chamberlain to the treatment room.
Now, the die is cast and Wenger must spend. As an alibi, Wenger reiterated that Arsenal are working to get some new players but won’t just spend for the sake of it but on genuine quality that would strengthen the side. While I agree that we shouldn’t spend for spending sake, I also find it bemusing that Wenger and friends are finding it difficult to get the quality that will beef up the squad.
What the team needs is obvious to a rookie football analyst, let alone a seasoned manager like Arsene Wenger. Since, he and his network of scouts are finding it difficult to recognize the quality still available in the market, I will lend my widow’s mite by suggesting some obvious quality that are still available and will
go a long way in strengthening the team. Let’s bear in mind that we are after quality and quantity owing to the massive clear-out done. The voids we are trying to plug are goalkeeping, defence, defensive midfield and attack.
We currently have 2 first team keepers but neither seems good enough to be depended on. Against Villa, Szczesny showed his erratic nature which cost us the first penalty. To fill this role, we still have available in the market, Asmir Begovic (Stoke), Julio Cesar (QPR) and Emiliano Viviano ( Palermo). Cesar seems the more experienced and cheaper option but Begovic seems a long term option and Wenger’s choice. It shouldn’t be difficult to get the Bosnian after all, Stoke have a ready made replacement in young English goalkeeper Jack Butland. Emiliano Viviano of Palermo is another viable choice in the goalkeeping department.
The areas we have to fill here encompass the central defence and full back areas. The best option is to opt for a versatile defender who can play across these positions. The options available are Mahmadou Sakho, Ashley Williams and Micah Richards. Both Mahmadou Sakho who is available for 10 million Pounds and Micah Richards who is valued at 15 million Pounds are versatile as they can play the full back and central defence roles but Ashley Williams valued at 10 million Pounds can only play as a center-back. In my own opinion, any of them would do a good job since we aren’t really short on the full-back positions. Monreal, Gibbs and Vermaelen can jostle for the left back role while Sagna and Jenkinson fight for the right back role.
Sakho wants to leave PSG and has rejected Liverpool (must be because of their absence on the continent) which leaves only AC Milan. Milan wants him on loan but we can pip them to him if we offer straight cash. As for Richards, he wants regular football and as a longtime Arsenal fan, he would relish a move to the Emirates.
The importance of this position cannot be over-emphasized. Arsenal need to add spine to the team. Felliani and Kondogbia are available. We can snatch Felliani from the dithering jaws of Manchester United only if we can bid 25 million Pounds or as an alternative, we can activate Geoffrey Kondogbia’s release clause which stands a little above 17 million Pounds.
Wenger is out for a marquee signing and guess this is where it might be coming from. 2 strikers have featured prominently on Wenger’s shorlist; Luis Suarez and Wayne Rooney. Suarez wants Champions league football which we can offer should we scale the Turkish hurdle and as for Rooney, he wants to leave Manchester United. His body
language against Swansea said it all. Manchester United are resolute in their desire not to sell to Chelsea that they see as direct rivals. We could help both parties reach a compromise. By selling to us, Rooney gets his wish of a fresh start and a prominent striking role while Manchester United get their wish of not strengthening
a direct rival.
Our chances of getting Suarez is bright if we can offer 50 million. The Uruguyan is still keen on Anfield exit. Arsenal can help his cause by offering close to what Liverpool want.
Any of these signings will excite Arsenal fans but should he get all of them ( at least 1 for each role), his sins will be swiftly forgiven and the banner ‘In Arsene We Trust’ will hug the Emirates’ stand once again.