The General and the Finisher by Chunners
Luca Toni has told Stevan Jovetic to join a real ‘top club’ rather than Arsenal. Well, that hurt, Luca.
The first half of Arsene Wenger’s reign at Arsenal raised our expectations to such an extent that the past eight years can be described as somewhat of a failure. Coincidentally, Wenger’s trophy-laden years at Arsenal occurred with the presence of another man running the show on the field, our midfield general – Patrick Vieira!
Maybe it was just luck that Wenger found him and maybe there hasn’t been anyone like him ever since, but Wenger just can’t find an able replacement and maybe a Patrick Vieira is all we need to transform this underperforming team into world beaters – so let us find one!
First let us forget about the usual suspects other than our beloved Diaby. They are, Mohamed Diame or Etienne Capoue or Victor Wanyama or even Luiz Gustavo. They don’t really boss the game.
There are only three players in world football currently that come to my mind, when talking about a replacement for Vieira – Bastian Schweinsteiger (although he plays a different role now), Yaya Toure and Marouane Fellaini! Now Schweinsteiger isn’t as well built and is obviously out of the question as a transfer target. Yaya Toure would be good too but he earns too much at City and even if he has expressed a desire to leave, I doubt we can match that 250K-a-week salary (and honestly we shouldn’t, it’s a ridiculous amount!). That leaves, Marouane Fellaini who is, according to me, Vieira’s perfect replacement!
Fellaini does play a slightly different role at Everton but I haven’t seen a player dominate the midfield as he does. Yes, he would be expensive (about 25-30m), and Wenger would never spend that much, but hear me out. It’s not really our defence that is a problem this season but the shielding from midfield. Arteta isn’t good enough nor is Diaby, Ramsey or Coquelin. They are all confidence players (like most of our team) and this is one position that needs a player with innate confidence; someone who can come back from a lengthy lay-off and can still own the game.
Therefore, Fellaini! With the amount of aerial balls he would win our defence will have to do that much less. Also, he seems to have developed a Lampard-esque late run into the box threat, which we could use. And with the 4-2-3-1 we currently play, he could play defensive midfield or box-to-box depending upon the opponents!
Finally, to complete our team we need a lethal finisher – somebody like Gabriel Batistuta! Here too, I can think of only three options currently – Robin van Persie (sadly), Mario Balotelli and Radamel Falcao! We can’t buy any of those, so let’s look at the next available, older options, Miroslav Klose and David Villa! And David Villa would be our obvious choice considering we already tried to sign him!
I know Jovetic sounds like the more fashionable option and I have watched a lot of him too (including against England), and he does seem like the player with ideas and a good shot but he isn’t what we need right now!
Bottom line, ignore what Luca Toni says, we don’t need his man!