In With The New, Out With, Er, Um…
Arsène Wenger has outlined Arsenal’s transfer policy over the coming years. Speaking as the Far East tour draws to its conclusion with the final friendly against Kitchee, Wenger put scouting departments at the top clubs on notice by telling them how good our younger players really are. Adding in their ages allows the likes of City, United and other European giants, to plan their purchases for the next five years,
We have some young players who are already experienced, for example if I tell you Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, you will tell me he is not young but he is 18 years old. Jack Wilshere is 20, Aaron Ramsey is 21 and we have some more young players who might push up this season.
On tour we have Chuks Aneke who has shown quality and of course Ryo. We also have younger players who are 16 or 17, who are not with us on tour, who will certainly appear this season. We are faithful to what we want to do whicih is to promote young players and give them a chance at that level.
Phone calls have no doubt been made to their respective agents already, ensuring the players know that whomever the current incumbent is at whatever club, he has always been a huge admirer of their abilities. Too cynical? Possibly but it didn’t stop that uncomfortable shift in your seat for a split-second did it?
As the club reportedly fend off intent from Southampton to re-sign Theo Walcott by opening talks with his advisors, transfer activity is expected to pick up in the next seven days with media-imposed deadlines heightening the expectation over Cazorla and Sahin whilst Celtic’s Victor Wanyama is the new kid on the media speculation block. It deflects attention away from the weight of expectation on current midfielders.
Jack Wilshere’s injury has been the subject of much speculation and it is a concern. Understandably the club wants to avoid putting pressure on the player and rushing him back. Headlines this morning that he is out until October fit in with how I understood the comeback was being managed in the first place? Maybe I missed the memo where the manager said Wilshere would be fit for Sunderland in which case I can see why October might be considered a setback. As it is, there is too much sensationalism around the player’s fitness. Is it perchance due to the paucity of talent in the national squad?
One who will know how Wilshere feels is Abou Diaby. The French midfielder is perenially classed as a new signing by the manager, every summer brings the fresh hope that he will be fit. Every autumn, the hope fades.
It is a crucial season and it is really important for me to be back strong and have a very good year
The player is acutely aware of the damage being done to his career, more aware than anyone else. Constantly struggling with injury means that as time ticks by, other clubs – as well as his own – will lose faith in his ability to stay fit. Few in this money-conscious age will be willing to take a chance on him, certainly not at the salary level he is accustomed to. More importantly it is the psychological impact upon the player? How will he be affected by another setback? It is not just the supporters for whom pre-season is a time of hope.
Elsewhere, the hawking around Europe of Nicklas Bendtner continues unabated with Spartak Moscow the latest cash-cow that his advisors are seeking to exploit. Andrey Arshavin is a continued target for Fulham who will no doubt look to revive the image of Tommy Trinder with their cheeky £1m bid for his services.
Football this afternoon for my youngest, will be a welcome distraction ahead of a busy couple of weeks off the pitch before the Cologne friendly.