Arsene And Arshavin Want To Spend Ahead Of City Clash
The visit to Eastlands this evening presents the opportunity to forget, albeit for 24 hours, the result at the weekend and look to the future. A bright one it is and this Carling Cup fixture offers the sternest test that the youngsters have faced in this competition since the debacle at White Hart Lane.
City’s form offers a guide to the result, expect a penalty shootout. They are, it seems, genetically incapable of losing a game but equally incapable of defending a lead hence their run of draws which puts our malaise last February to shame. The common factors are Adebayor and Toure, neither of which has done anything since leaving The Emirates last summer, to suggest that Arsene was wrong to cash in.
Would either have made a difference to the current run of dim results in the Premier League? Certainly not the latter whilst the former, well it depends on which version turned up.
Having played on Sunday and with Stoke’s visit on Saturday looming, it would be a major surprise to see Eduardo take part at all this evening. Arsene has dropped the biggest hint yet that injuries suffered by van Persie and Bendtner have forced him to think of a winter signing. The manager was surprisingly open in his comments, eschewing the usual caginess and vague responses:
I didn’t feel we needed to buy anybody but we will be in the market, that is for sure, but will only make a decision if it suits us
It should not be interpreted that he does not believe that Vela or Eduardo is good enough. They certainly are with the former perhaps more suited to the withdrawn role inhabited by Arshavin than the leader of the line. He is probably more ready than Theo Walcott but still needs time to adjust.
The manager’s view was supported by Andrey Arshavin. The Russian who seemingly has an opinion on everything which is no bad thing in today’s age of identikit footballers, wants Wenger to spend ‘big’. I would disagree. I want him to spend right if that is the belief he has. Football’s history is littered with big signings, more abundant than the detritus on the average London street, who fail to make the grade. Those failures have escaped the view of the Russian:
Arsene Wenger needs to buy new players – and expensive ones too. Why? Because all the talented and inexpensive players are already with us at Arsenal.
Including himself presumably? A curious link, one that hints that Arshavin does not completely understand the problems encountered at the moment, especially if he thinks that only expensive signings are the answer.
He hinted at a more plausible cause:
I feel bitter about that we lose all the big matches. That is disturbing and also lets certain doubts creep into my mind.
Psychologically, there is no doubt about the impact that the defeat against Chelsea would have, perhaps lasting a matter of days, especially in the absence of training. It has been a disappointing fortnight for the Russian, in light of his country’s failure to qualify for South Africa, such defeats taking their collective toll as they mount up in quick succession. Equally, this has been the mantra espoused on a regular basis from Arshavin and one has to assume that it is a fundamental belief that he holds.
Back to this evening. City are not the most formidable side left in the tournament despite the money that they have spent. In light of recent results, it is tempting to think that Hughes P45 would be inked were they to lose tonight such is the impatience shown by club owners in the present day, even more desperate for success than their deservedly maligned predecessors.
Defensively, the line-up will be in good shape with the likelihood of Senderos, Silvestre and Eboue all in the mix. They will bolster the precocious talents who will be further up the pitch. A win would be a massive boost to the confidence of the players and the club in general, providing not just a glimmer of light but a beacon for an alternative to a free spending future.
Enjoy the match wherever you are watching it. ’til Tomorrow.
Posted on December 2, 2009, in Arsenal, Carling Cup, Football, Premier League, Soccer, Transfer Gossip and tagged Arsenal, Carling Cup, Football, Manchester City, Soccer, Transfer Gossip. Bookmark the permalink. 637 Comments.