May arrives at full tilt and the usual clamour has begun.
Before the dust has even settled some ‘fans’ are uploading their ‘wish-lists’ for all to digest. A fair number have dissected the current squad, written them off and are calling for upwards of six ‘named’ signings and are ridiculously issuing P45’s to the likes of The BFG (Per Mertesacker) and Gervinho!!!
If you look at the current squad, it’s in pretty good shape.
Currently in 3rd, we’ve got there with Robin van Persie as our only recognised striker and without Jack Wilshere all season. There are class players all over the pitch, who would be difficult to replace without re-mortgaging The Emirates. Personally, I believe we are three players short of a squad that will challenge The Manchester sides for next season’s title.
Realistically we are never going to spend the £200 million needed to recruit the listed and gifted wanted by some, and bringing the likes of Eden Hazard or the latest goal-scoring sensation from South America would simply restrict the development of the next set of pupils in Arsene Wenger’s ‘make, not buy stars’ program.
Before demanding the world, look closer to home and maybe the next ‘Adams, Pires or Henry’ is already training at London Colney.
Ignasi joined The Arsenal days after his 16th birthday, after impressive displays for the Spanish youth team. A member of the Spain Under-19 Euro Championship winning team, Miquel has progressed from captain of the Arsenal Reserve team, to first-team squad member with some impressive displays in his nine outings this season. Already above the likes of Sebastien Squillaci in the pecking order, under Steve Bould’s tutorage, Ignasi can develop into a top class centre-back.
Signed in January 2011, Ryo was instantly farmed out to Feyenoord due to the usual visa issues. There he was an instant success, gaining the MotM accolade in his first game against Vitesse Arnhem. Ryodinho (as the Dutch press went on to call him) impressed in Holland and returned to The Arsenal for the 2011 per-season tour of Asia. As is Arsene’s want these days, Ryo is now on his second loan spell, this time at the school of hard knocks, also known as Bolton Wanderers, where again, he is impressing the locals with his ability, gaining Bolton’s Player of the Month award in February amd glowing reports from the manager and players alike. With Andrey Anrshavin likely to be sold in the summer, Ryo could well be a quality wide option for next season.
Currently on loan, this time at FC Lorient. Joel has scored four goals in 22 matches this season, along with four in 10 for Costa Rica, including one against world champions, Spain. Reviews from France are all positive and if his application for an ‘exceptional talent’ work visa is successful, we should see those talents on display at The Emirates next season.
If you then consider the established youngsters such as Wilshere, Wojciech Szczesny, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Carl Jenkinson, do we really need to blow £35 million on players that most fans haven’t seen pay and are basing their knowledge of their apparent ‘world class’ status on a tabloid journo’s recommendation? The same journos calling for Wenger’s head on a platter and the dismantling of The Emirates two months ago?
The current squad deserves credit for its achievements this season, from it’s very humble beginnings to the brink of a 16th straight Champions League campaign.
The current squad is the base of a quality, title challenging squad.
We need to supplement, not overhaul.
We need an injection, not a transfusion.
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