Posted on Saturday, 5th January 2013 by The Goon
Its day 5 of the January transfer window and while we have yet to sign anyone, even on loan, it’s good to see the club getting rid of some of the deadwood.
They haven’t perhaps made the permanent switches that we were hoping for, but hey, at least they are off our books for the next six months, thus freeing up some space in the wage budget to possibly make a move for that ‘exceptional’ player Arsene Wenger is always going on about.
But while I would love to see the abovementioned players leave, I would also like to see Wenger make some signings in the next 25 days.
In my opinion, I think we are in need of three players – a back-up goalkeeper, another left-back and, most importantly, a proper holding midfielder.
We need someone in our ranks to guard the goal when Wojciech Szczesny is unavailable. Vito Mannone did well at the start of the season, but he has yet to prove he can actually challenge the Pole for his starting position. There are a few decent goalkeepers out there, like Simon Mignolet and Asmir Begovic, who Wenger could bring in for a good price.
Although Kieran Gibbs is a guarantee in the side, if he picks up an injury we’re screwed. Andre Santos is crap, that’s why we need to acquire either acquire a promising left-back or a more experienced one – Luke Shaw or Leighton Baines will do.
Now I think the weak link in our side does not lie in our forward-line – we can score goals – I believe we are missing that man in the middle who breaks up play and gets stuck in. Mikel Arteta has been deployed in the holding midfield role and although he has done well in the position, dictating play and showcasing his passing range, he is simply NOT a robust defensive midfielder. If we manage to sign one of these, a top, top player in this position, I think our team would have more balance to it. Thing is, I don’t know who this player is.
As stated earlier in this piece, its still early days in January transfer window but so far, so good.
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Tags: Abou Diaby, Andre Santos, Andrey Arshavin, Asmir Begovic, Johan Djourou, Kieran Gibbs, Leighton Baines, Luke Shaw, Marouane Chamakh, Mikel Arteta, Sebastien Squillaci, Simon Mignolet, Vito Mannone, Wojciech Szczesny
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