Posted on Wednesday, 17th August 2011 by Mike Holmes
Now it would seem is the perfect time to splash the cash.
We’ve just got a few quid for selling the captain. It’s almost inevitable that Samir Nasri will leave after his exchange with the boo-boys. Clichy to Citeh got us some pennies, as did selling Eboue abroad to Turkey.
It’s pretty sad that we’re in the process of selling nearly all of our experienced players. But hey ho, that’s how it goes. If a player wants to leave then so be it. As has been said recently, by a variety of people, ‘No player is bigger than the club’.
Does losing our midfield the way we have mean we’re probably not going to win the league this year? Quite possibly. But I don’t think that we’ll be that far away from the eventual winners. And I really don’t subscribe to the popular notion that we’re going to finish lower than Liverpool and Tottenham.
It’s a real shame he couldn’t keep the team together for another year or two, then things might have got real spicy and we wouldn’t have had to imagine ‘what if?’.
Recent weeks have shown the underlying flaw in Arsene Wenger’s philosophy. It isn’t the style of football played at the club. It isn’t the youth policy. The flaw is simple; homesick players.
Wenger has signed many foreign players during his time at the club. This has been well documented. These players find it very hard to settle down in the same way the home-grown players do. Whilst Cesc and Nasri will all have affection for the club, they’ll always have one eye on the door.
I like that Wenger has signed two quality young English players (well, technically one is currently Finnish) and that more are expected to follow. These will be players that we will have a much more realistic chance of keeping for the entirety of their careers. They’re much more likely to show loyalty to the club, something that has recently been lacking.
Wenger needs our support now more than ever before. He’s just lost the heartbeat to the team that he has been building for years and is going to have to take some evasive action to steady the ship, which of course he will.
So, with some cash in the bank and some places in the squad, surely Wenger will move to address the failings in his now threadbare squad?! Like everyone else out there, I hope he signs a good strong defender (Gary Cahill or Phil Jagielka anyone?) and a creative midfielder (Jadson looks good).
Only time will tell if he will. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that he does. A couple of good signings now and we’ll be well positioned to kick on and start winning the trophies our football deserves.
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