A summer of speculation
Bang F5 key… no response.. F5.. no response… agghhhh.. F5…Defoe ?!??? …. F5… WHO… WHO ?!… F5…NO SIGNINGS YET !!!!!! F5… WTF IS WENGER DOING ??! F5.. WHERE IS WENGER ?!?!? I won’t be renewing my season ticket !!!!!
Familiar summer ? Well, this year is promised to be different. This year, Wenger is throwing caution to the wind. Whinging fans, internal pressure from the board perhaps, is going to see the arsenal cheque book in action. The fans from the dark side are pleased. Their least favourite players are set for the high jump, and a new generation of supposed “winners” will be arriving. Panaceas for all our ills over the last few years.
One of the “winners” under speculation is Gary Cahill. For him, high jump is apt. He won the most number of headers according to the OPTA stats last season. Another “winner” – Samba is mooted to be joining us. The armageddons are salivating with the knowledge that two of their chosen players, their annointed ones will be patrolling the back line. These won’t be Wenger signings as according to them, he’s been reading their favourite blog. The mere mention of Cahill and Samba rockets our chances from also rans to easy winners of next years premiership.
Now, casting my wary eye over the premiership goals conceded by Bolton and Blackburn last season, the table says 56 and 59 respectively. I couldn’t find out the statistics for set pieces. Of course, we assume these teams have conceded less than us from set pieces, as we’re the worse in the known universe, right ? And of course, Cahill and Samba can be excused as they play for weaker teams. Right ? Hmmmm
What then for Vermaelen, Djourou and Koscienly ? Some are already suggesting Djourou for DM. Call me pedantic.. but we don’t play DM, do we ? We play 4-3-3, or 4-2-1-3, 4-4-2 or 4-1-2-3. Or when it gets desperate – 0-1-9 ! The DM call is for an Incredible Hulk type figure who patrols in front of the back line. Vermaelen should switch to left back as the accusation is that Clichy is unreliable under pressure and is a bad crosser of the ball. Pardon me ? Is Clichy that bad ?! In the doomer dreamboat defensive line up, Samba and Cahill would be the meatheads at the back, Vermaelen at left back and Djourou at DM. All our problems solved. Next !
The protagonists for change are also happy that Denilson, their favourite scapegoat pin up boy, along with Squillachi, Eboue and Bendtner, are probably hailing taxis. Of course, the fact that Denilson only made 6 premiership starts last season is not mentioned. Eboue made of course, the high profile mistake in the Liverpool game. Bendtner criticism is that his assessment of himself being world class appears to be all mouth and no trousers. Or in the case of being caught outside a nightclub a couple of years ago, no trousers. I am personally really disappointed by his proclamations to leave. I thought we would have a player nearing his peak able to provide a good alternative when plan B was required, using his height and power.
Who else for the chop ? Whispers are getting louder about Clichy being off to Roma. I am not convinced Rosicky is safe, as I don’t know if he provided enough potency last year. The hate mob also want Almunia out. Let’s see what Wenger decides.
The other arrivals ? Gervinho – looks a definite, Willian – the brazilian who plays for Shakhter Donesk – looks like offer has been received and declined. Oxlaide Chamberlain (great prospect, but won’t tip the balance next season) – reportedly coming on 1st July but then there is still competition from other suitors, Milosevic (swedish left back), Defoe (but not according to Redknapp) and possibly Eto – pie in the sky (150k+ a week in wages). Gordon Sorenson has also been once linked. According to one comment from our favourite blog, somebody to take Szczesny under his wing, and show him the ropes. Yeah.. right.
This is all very interesting stuff, but surely the core of our squad last year will and must not be discarded. Ivan Gazidis, at the AST meeting said, “We are not going to throw the baby out of the bathwater”. It seems to me that Szczesny, Fabianski, Sagna, Jenkinson, Djourou, Koscienly, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Song, Diaby, Nasri, Ramsey, Rosicky, Wilshere, Cesc, Nasri, Walcott, Arshavin, Chamakh and RVP will all be either starters or vital squad players next season, come rain or shine. Right now, Vela, Bendtner, Denilson, Squillachi, Clichy and Eboue are uncertainties to be at the club next season, although there has been nothing in the press about Squillachi and Eboue, and no bids for Vela.
New players and competition is not unwelcome of course, as our cover in one or two areas last season was short, particularly in goal and in defence, and there is always the old chestnut of providing assists and goals in the absence of Cesc and VP. We may also have one or two youth players breaking into the squad next season as well – perhaps one of JET, Henderson, Lansbury, Bartley or Ignasi Miquel.
Posted on June 22, 2011, in Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Premiership, Soccer, Transfer Gossip and tagged Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Soccer, Transfer Gossip. Bookmark the permalink. 229 Comments.