The window is open again and it’s time for some players to be kicked out of the door. Would some be kicked our way? Only Wenger can answer that. Le Boss has been very vocal about his apathy to this window but that hasn’t stopped him from using it in the past, Reyes, Walcott and Nacho Monreal are some of the players that have joined us during the period to good effect.
As Arsenal fans it’s a popular theory that our manager is frugal when it comes to spending money but my opinion is Wenger is more concerned about making the correct decision with each transfer with regards to how the player would adapt, how the player would integrate to his system, what is the market value for this kind of player, what is my return on investment with this signing long term so he is looking at not just transfer fees but weekly wages vis a vis output from the player etc. I don’t know the man but watching him all these years and reading about how he makes his decisions you would find out that it’s not really the money he is unwilling to spend it’s the value he thinks he can extract from that signing that really keeps him from doing it most times. Wenger seems more willing to take a risk with young signings as he believes he can mould them himself but when it comes to a big money signing he really does want to make sure all the ingredients for success are always almost all there.
All the talk this term has been about Arsenal’s need to sign a striker as Giroud seems to be the only one carrying the team in that position. Agree we need someone to help ease his burden but who is available, what kind of striker and for how long are some questions that the manager would have to consider before dipping into his purse.
We are all warriors behind a keypad and we can sign three players in 140 characters of a tweet but in real life there is more to a transfer than just having the money to spend. With the striker situation now it seems Wenger’s hands have been forced with the injury suffered by Bendtner and recently Theo or has it really been? Would we really struggle if we don’t sign a striker should the quality we require not be available? Do we just need a body wearing the number 9 jersey or we need the Arsenal quality of player there.
So what kind of player do we sign, what is the priority for the signing? Are we signing someone to help us win the league and FA Cup or to help us compete in the Champions league too? Why that is important is the best players play in the champions league so if your priority is to win domestic titles should we bothered by a player being cup tied by the fact that he has played in the champions league? Diego Costa maybe? He seems to be the one everyone wants. Would he leave to join us? I don’t think so. A. Madrid and Arsenal are in a similar position with regards to winning their leagues and champions league and he just signed up to play for Spain so why would he leaving there now?
Still on what kind of player, we know Wenger to be a man that keeps faith with his players and considers Giroud a very good forward as he always highlights every contribution he makes even when he doesn’t score. We need a striker but are we looking for a player that would challenge Giroud for his place or a player that can play alongside him? We play a 4-5-1 or a 4-2-3-1 depending on how you want to look at it and with our lone man upfront we always need a player who play with his back to goal, link up with other players well and still be in the box when the balls are put in. Giroud has all those attributes so are we signing someone who would be close to him and can feed directly off him or someone who would do exactly same thing when Giroud is not in the side. Would Wenger change his formation to a 4-4-2 like City, Liverpool and sometimes Man United (under Fergie, we all know they are shit now) play if he signed a player that can join Giroud in front? Javier Hernandez, Jackson Martinez maybe? Is he willing to sacrifice one of his midfield positions for a second striker at least when we play some opposition that can be considered weaker?
For a man who looks to extracting maximum value from his signings, how long a deal are we looking to sign a player for now? The Berbatov link is an interesting one, so he can play all tournaments but he is 33 I think so what kind of deal are we looking at giving him? 1 year? And then he would be available to sign for another club in 6months time or are we ready to be stuck with a 33 year old striker for 2 years, isn’t Park filling that striker not playing role for us already?
How about the loan system to get someone in who can contribute and take us till the summer when we can go all out. Yossi Benayoun was a successful loan signing for us; he sure did his part in seeing us to champions league qualification, another one was Julio ‘the beast’ Baptista signed from Madrid. He was completely ineffectual in the league but he was outstanding in our Carling cup run to the final where we lost to Chelsea. Can we get another in? Alvaro Morata maybe? We seem to have a good relationship with Real Madrid, some decisions in football are taken purely based on relationship. Why did Nuri Sahin go to Liverpool instead of coming to us? Can we ignore the Mourinho/Bredan Rodgers factor?
The window is open but the decision making to use it is not as easy as we make it out to seem. If we have learnt anything in the last few weeks it’s the depth of quality we have in this squad and I am not one of those who think should we fail to sign a striker it’s all doom and gloom. Chelsea have 3 strikers on paper who should scare anyone but do they really scare anyone? Our next five games are Aston Villa, Fulham, Coventry, Southampton and Crystal Palace can we play these games with a mixture of Giroud, Poldoski and Walcott up front? Hoping Theo’s injury is not that serious. Gnabry has shown he can do a job on the right and can play there when Walcott goes central, we have the OX due back and we have enough midfield options so we can play either him or Rosicky on the left. Bendtner should be back in February and we should have a proper back up for Giroud then. Point I am trying to make is if Wenger trusts his squad enough not to jump into this window and make an enforced signing I am not one of those who would expect us to crash and burn.
If you clicked the link thinking I would have answers, apologies I don’t think I offered any and that’s is not because I don’t want to it’s just because I don’t have them myself. If I did I would be managing Arsenal, earning Wenger’s top dollar rather than sitting behind this laptop writing about him and the club, like I didn’t have enough worries the laptop power cable just blew up so if you don’t see a post from me any time soon I guess you know why.
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