Posted on Saturday, 18th June 2011 by Steve Wellman
(I know this is a bit late, should have posted earlier, but what the hell!)
Sometimes I struggle to understand the egos of some Gooners. We sign Carl Jenkinson, a player with potential by the bucket loads, and before he’s even kicked a ball in anger he is being ridiculed because of his lack of experience and his age. Give the guy a chance, he may have less than a season under his belt and might only be 19, but Jack and Cesc were younger than that when they first played for Arsenal, and they didn’t turn out all that bad!! Anyway, whatever happens he’s got to be better than Squillaci?
Arsene Wenger, is also being criticised, for not buying experience and missing out on players like Phil Jones and Jordan Henderson. A bit of a reality check is required one thinks!! The transfer window has been open a week or two and we are not renowned for our expediency in these matters. Claiming experience for the likes of Jones & Henderson is a bit of a contradiction. They have one season more than Jenkinson, and yes I know its Premier league experience, but just one season! As soon as we let a targets name out of the bag, Sheikh City and Chelski, bid over the top, double the salary, and we miss out. Let Wenger do his job and keep his cards close to his chest.
This leads onto another thing – the over inflated ego of English transfer fees is in full effect again.
Do you really blame Wenger for letting the likes of Jones (I know he chose to stay up North, but still a valid point) and Henderson pass us buy (pun intended) when they are demanding (and getting) £20 million for an England Under-21, or when £17 million is quoted for players like Gary Cahill (2 caps), do you really blame Wenger for his due consideration when players like Thomas Vermaelen are out there at half the price.
I know we have Kroenke’s money and all, but I just don’t get the over inflated English transfer prices, and don’t see why we should waste it on relatively unproven or overpriced players solely based on their passport.
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