Deadline Day Drama? Doubtful…
The KNVB has offered the opinion that Robin van Persie will be out for ‘at least a few weeks‘ having suffered a twisted ankle at Blackburn on Saturday. The timing is unsurprising; Euro2012 qualifiers take place this week and losing a player or two has become de rigeur for Arsenal in recent seasons.
With the transfer window closing today, there have been suggestions in some quarters that the Dutchman cannot be relied upon, that Wenger should turn his attention to a new striker to reinforce the squad. It does van Persie a disservice; only in two seasons has he failed to play less than thirty games for the club.
Key to this might be his scoring record, recent seasons have seen this lower from just over 1 in 3 games to close to 1 in 2. It apparently leaves Arsenal short in attack – figuratively and literally to some extent – the logic goes, with a reduced goal threat. Whilst the notion seems less than fanciful, it misses the point. The notional midfield – if you accept the split on the official site as positionally correct – contributes more goals per season than the forward line. Weight of numbers to some extent explains that but the emergence of Theo Walcott as a goal machine this summer may put that under strain.
With Bendtner absent for at least another month, is there any reason for Wenger to delve into the transfer market at this late stage? Not really is the answer. With the addition of Chamakh, van Persie is more likely to feature as a second striker than leading the line this time around. Wenger observed that playing that pairing would mean a reversion to a more orthodox 4-4-2 formation.
More to the point, is this desire for cover nothing more than a desire for a signing, any signing, in what has been a relatively moribund transfer market, suggesting that some nerves are frayed with the absence of strengthening elsewhere. The deadline of Premier League teams is 6pm this evening and little activity is suggested as taking place within the halls formerly made of marble.
Mark Schwarzer is prime favourite, as always, in the back pages. I cannot recall such intense speculation surrounding an average player. This summer has been low activity generally speaking and desperation is setting in for one of the top clubs to sign someone – anyone – with some curious linkage and the usual bartering for an improved contract being a key feature. Whether Wenger will sign anyone will be known by teatime today. Somehow, I doubt it.
Posted on August 31, 2010, in Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Premiership, Soccer, Transfer Gossip and tagged Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Soccer, Transfer Gossip. Bookmark the permalink. 318 Comments.