Yet again Arsenal find themselves inundated with further injuries, even though just a few weeks ago we seemed to have turned the corner. Wenger said at the beginning of the month, “We had Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott, Mathieu Debuchy and Mesut Ozil injured but they are slowly all getting better. Theo is the first to come back but I believe we are at the end of the tunnel.”
Now we have lost Jack Wilshere, Sanogo (surprise!) and Mikel Arteta, who could be another long-term injury. Laurent Koscielny is now available but even Wenger said that the French defender’s achilles injury will have to be managed carefully in the long run.
So it is desperate times at the Emrates, but according to Matt Law in the Telegraph, the Board have finally realised that the squad needs reinforcing urgently and are willing to release extra funds to Arsene Wenger to fund moves for a new DM and two defenders.
Arsenal really needed a new DM before the season started, but with both Arteta and Wilshere on the treatment table it has now become an imperative. The report says Wenger is looking at Yohan Cabaye, who Arsenal reportedly bid £10 million for in the summer, Sevilla’s Grzegorz Krychowiak and Everton’s James McCarthy as possible arrivals in January.
Obviously Matt Law is a respected veteran sports journalist and may have insiders at Arsenal to feed him information, so I am hopeful that it is true that Wenger will really splash the cash in January, but what worries me is that they should have forced Le Prof to strengthen those areas BEFORE the season even started. My memory may be failing me, but I’m sure I remember JustArsenal readers calling for these purchases all summer!