Leave Wilshere Aloan and Cesc Strikes A Chord
Ahead of the trip to Athens, the papers have been at a bit of a loose end so need to try new angles on stirring up the masses into a fretting frenzy. Step forward target number one, Jack Wilshere. Suggestions put to the player are that he might benefit from a spell on loan, the logic being that the remainder of the season out with a Premier League club in a relegation battle or with a Championship side going for the title.
There is merit in the loan system but the question of how many matches will Wilshere be involved with? Certainly, he would be one of those expected to start in FA Cup matches when the tournament comes around, especially if progress beyond the 3rd round occurs, as matches start to coincide with the resumption of Champions League fixtures.
Of course, playing more games theoretically means he would be more adapted to first team football. However, bad habits can be picked up along the way and it still takes time to reintegrate into the Arsenal Way of playing if you have been subjected to a barrage of long ball tactics.
Then there is the by no means small matter of injuries to others, something which we have seen happen this season with some sort of vengeance to midfield and attack. Were Walcott to succumb to injury once more with the current crocks around London Colney, Wilshere would not be too far away from a spell in the first team.
Meanwhile Cesc Fabregas has been talking of his desire to see a striker added to the squad come January:
Throughout the game [at Manchester City in the 3-0 Carling Cup defeat last Wednesday], we had a lot of possession but didn’t really have anyone to go in behind the defenders, apart from Carlos Vela. We had a lot of similar players who like the ball into their feet. Sometimes it’s true that you need a different kind of option.
I would not disagree with him about the principle of signing another player, no squad is perfect, every one can be improved. However, using the Carling Cup tie as an example is not a particularly good one to choose since it is essentially a reserve side which takes the field in that competition. Additionally, the injury list currently suggests that Wenger had his options severely limited, evidenced at the weekend when three of his first choice strikers were out.
That suggests that a new signing is needed anyway. van Persie is out long-term and Eduardo is consistently suffering niggles on his way back to full match fitness. It would leave Wenger relying on Bendtner, hoping that the Dane remains fit for the rest of the season.
Fabregas though is not too downbeat about the recent indifferent form, especially the defeat to Chelsea:
Overall, I saw a Chelsea team that was normal but a team that has probably the best striker in the world, and that makes such a difference. An average team that has the best striker in the world can always do something and Didier Drogba makes all the difference to them. Without him, their team would not be the same.
Perhaps we had the same kind of problem against Chelsea as the boys had at Manchester City, not really having someone whose game is to go beyond defenders, and we were a little small to fight against them on crosses, too.
In that last sentence, he is in fact being critical of himself and his colleagues, intimating that during the match they lacked the footballing intelligence to realise that their crossing was not working. That they were forced to take this option should be of concern. Little is gained with possession in the middle of the pitch if there is no end product.
This is not to deflect attention away from the lack of options up front on that occasion but certainly City showed that Chelsea’s defence could be worked around. The height aspect of his comments was immediately picked up by the tabloids, reinforcing the view that Ian McGarry of The Sun espoused on Sky’s Sunday Supplement. It is not often that I would offer some praise for a journalist but Mick Dennis hit the nail on the head, not once but twice. Firstly by observing that the whingers were ‘ingrates‘, failing to appreciate that which is in front of them, but also that it is a sad indictment of the way in which the majority of football supporters in England require the game to be played, that having a six foot six clodhopper is seen as the cure to all ills.
Posted on December 8, 2009, in Arsenal, Champions League, Football, Premier League, Premiership, Soccer, Transfer Gossip and tagged Arsenal, Cesc Fabregas, Football, Jack Wilshere, Premier League, Soccer. Bookmark the permalink. 281 Comments.