The season ticket renewal rumours are already rolling! by KM
Hello to you all fine readers of this blog, how’s your day? Well if you believe all the stuff you can find on the sports page of the tabloids, it looks like Arsenal is building a mighty squad to dominate the league once more after 12 years, hoping that it will be Arsene’s lucky 13!
But there is a hint of course! This is all fake. We’ve seen it so many times before, we fail the season than immediately it’s the war chest, the big signings! Everybody knows we need a DM, and there is this Granit Xhaka guy from Gladbach that’s on his way for 35 mills.
Now I believe that the German league has risen it’s standards of late with teams like Dortmund, Wolfsburg and Leverkusen coming to life and there are players to nick from there that would rapidly improve us. I really have no idea of what this guy is like, apart from him being a Swiss international with 40 appearances at the age of 23 which is impressive.
I’m up for signing the guy, because he has international experience and Gladbach has been playing in Europe for the past few years including the Champions League, but it kinda doesn’t feel like a Wenger transfer. He paid 35 million for Sanchez who came from Barcelona – the best side in Europe. Paying as much for Xhaka?
A defensive midfielder could be as big of a building block for a title winning team as could be a 20 goal a season striker. Matic at Chelsea was a great example last year. I really want to be positive and optimistic about the summer but it gets more difficult every day, with the news that Arsene has all the support in the world and is practically never leaving on his own.
What we can hope for ’till the end of the season is for Spurs to do their usual collapse and we might catch them if it happens. But this summer could be like the summer of 2011 when Fabregas and Nasri left. We are at a point where another generation of players have to be assessed and judged with no hesitation.
If you take the starting XI who would you leave in it? Cech is an obvious one. Monreal and Bellerin too and perhaps Koscielny? Per and Gabriel are both on the ropes for me. In midfield I’m 50/50 on Coquelin, because on one hand he improved our squad, because practically any DM would have, but the definitive jury is still out for me.
Elneny looks like a good player, but he’s just a few games into the squad, and so a new DM simply has to be brought in. Aaron Ramsey for me had enough chances. It looked like he will finally come good, but he didn’t and it’s been how many years? What is his real position in the squad? As a replacement DM it doesn’t work, and on the right wing it doesn’t either.
Alexis and Ozil are of course no brainers, but then the rest of the attack? I’d keep Welbeck, but Walcott and Giroud for me are front runners for the door, out of the players that looked like certain starting XI material at the start of the season. Theo lived 10 happy years off this club just like Arsene and he only ever played well, when his contract had to be renewed.
Giroud never lived up to 20 goals in the league in one season and his only strengths are physical presence and heading and at the age of 30 I don’t see him improving. So to wrap it up a CB, DM, a winger and a Striker. Get Hummels, Xhaka, Draxler and Ibrahimovic and we’ll be ready.
In reality though I only see Wenger making 2 signings, unless we spectacularly fail the start of next season or the end of this one. And they’ll hardly be any of the list I mentioned. Slowly and painfully the Arsenal fans, unlike Wenger, have learned their lesson though. Never to believe something until it’s on Arsenal.com.
But the fans also learned that with Arsene we’ve come as far as we could.