Pay to Win by Big Gun
Hello Arsenal fans. The transfer window ended on a bit of a low, but quite honestly it has been our best window in a long time. We made some really good signings in Chambers and Sanchez and contrary to what most people think about Welbeck, I feel he was a pretty decent buy as he has all the attributes we have been looking for in a CF, pace in particular, which will only make our attack as a whole more effective.
I’ll admit, I was pretty green when I read that Man United had signed Falcao, but the more I think about it, the more I’m realizing he isn’t really going to add much more to their team than what they already have. There is no doubt, he is an immense player, and if we had landed him I would have been ecstatic, primarily because we desperately needed another decent CF. But in United’s case he was added more for squad depth than anything else. We need to ask this question. What can Falcao do that RvP cannot? The answer is, not much.
In fact, Falcao has no BPL experience at all and is also injury prone, so who is to say he will score as many goals for United as he did for Atletico? His performance at Monaco was a little over average, scoring just over one goal every two games in a star studded team playing in a weak French league. Also, United’s midfield is mediocre. Without Mata there is not much creativity there so a player like Falcao will have to rely heavily on their wingers to create assists – which in my opinion is a bit of a limitation.
On top of all of this, Wayne Rooney will have to be played out of position again this season, meaning he will under perform just as he did when he was played behind Van Persie last season and the season before. Rooney is the type of player who needs to be right up front to shine, as he is a natural poacher and goal scorer. Rooney was quick to express his feelings about this and I can remember his nose was quite out of joint when Van Persie knocked him off his pedestal. This season, it will happen all over again with Falcao, not just because Falcao will be their No.1 CF, but also because he is now United’s highest paid player. What will happen when RvP comes back from injury? I’m sure the little traitor won’t be too happy to lick the boots of Falcao.
On paper, their attack looks deadly, but I really think Van Gaal has failed to address a lot of the issues they had last season. Their midfield, especially the defensive area is a lot worse than ours and it doesn’t matter what type of strikers a team has…if the engine of the team is not up to scratch, the whole team will fall apart. I’d say Luke Shaw was an okay signing, but Blind is overrated and didn’t impress me at all in the World Cup. They still have not replaced the solid partnership of Ferdinand and Vidic too.
I have never liked United, in fact despised them since I can remember, but I always had a type of respect for them that like us, would not spend ridiculous amounts on players, focus on youth development and still were able to achieve the highest honours. That has all changed now after spending (and I stand to be corrected) about 150m over this window alone. They might as well be called Man City 2.0 and although I agree that some money needed to be spent to strengthen their squad, it reeks of desperation. We have some problems of our own, but we need not to be intimidated by one player as the last time I checked, football is a team game and with those gaping holes still in United’s midfield and defense, it is going to take a hell of a lot more than money to fix them.
I am really excited to see Welbeck get given a decent opportunity, especially with our star studded midfield and pacy strikers, he can do no wrong.