It Will Be Criminal If Wenger Fails to Complete the Job. By Galen
For the past 3 years Arsene Wenger has been building and shaping a title winning team. For the first time the Arsenal fans and the players have all started to feel like we are close to something magical. But just like in the last few years we never get the job completely done, both on the pitch and with transfers.
Loads of articles have been written over the last few weeks saying that our squad is good to go and we need no further changes. That is why I am asking all you Gooners out there if the second half of last season change our transfer plans?
In the last few weeks players with ambition like Cazorla have come out and said Arsenal need another striker if we want to win. Arsenal fans have asked for a DM in the last 6 years and the club has failed to deliver in that department. What happened to our transfer plans? I will look at a couple of possibilities.
Theo Walcott. Theo Walcott could be the reason why we have not (and may not) sign any other striker this summer. In all fairness to Theo he has shown that he can play there. I have one question for all those that want Theo be our striker. If a player can score 20 goals from playing as a winger, why would you want to play him as a striker? If Sanchez and Theo can give us 45 goals from the wings then that is perfect. We can then get another striker to do the job in the middle. My logic is that if we play Theo as striker, are we going to have another winger that will score 20 goals a season? So basically that means we could lose 20 goals from the wings by playing Theo as striker, as the English international has proven that he can still score the goals from playing on the right flank.
Mikel Arteta and Flamini. Coquelin was voted by fans as one of our top 3 players of the season. Has Coquelin changed the plans of the Gaffer? Suddenly there is news of Arteta extending his contract by one year and rumours that Flamini is staying at Arsenal this season. Has Mr Wenger seen Coquelin as the player we ultimately need? This is what Arsene had to say “The world has changed,” Wenger said.
“The appreciation today of the quality of a player is just down with the money you spend.
“If we had bought Coquelin at Christmas for £40m, everyone would say ‘what a signing’. I am sorry he didn’t cost any money, he is still a good player.
“What is a player worth today? Nobody knows really. I just wanted to say that if we had bought (Coquelin), nobody would complain that he was a good player.
Have the performances of Theo and Francis changed the plans of Arsenal football club? I would first of all like to remind everyone that Coquelin is yet to play one complete season in the Premier league. All our players that return from injuries like Ozil, Walcott, Wilshere, Giroud, etc, all had a great end to the season. But it could also be argued that they were very fresh when they returned. Ozil played 22 league games, Jack played 14 league games, Giroud play 27 league games, and Walcott played 14 league games. My point is that these players were not tired in the second half of the season. While the performance of Sanchez was dropping, the performances of Ozil, Giroud, Jack and Theo were great because they were fresh – physically and mentally. Will the performace of these players be the same if they played all season? Look at Fabregas, Hazard and Costa, etc. They all dropped off from March/April onwards, and that was because of tiredness.
Arsenal football club was never in the running for Kondogbia, Imbulla and Schneiderlin. The Saints have confirmed that only United made a bid for Morgan Schiniderlin. With regards to the strikers we were never in for Mario Mandzukic, Jackson Martinez, Paulo Dybala, Luciano Vietto, and Bocca, etc
I wrote an article saying that we are too much of an emotional club and we are not ruthless enough. We are still asking ourselves what will happen to Arteta and Flamini if we buy a DM? If we buy a striker what will happen to Giroud, Welbeck and Walcott? I know Arteta and Flamini had given their best to Arsenal but sometimes we have got to move on. Even Steven Gerrard has moved on from Liverpool and Lampard has moved on from Chelsea. Heck even Cech is now at Arsenal. Top football clubs don’t ask emotional questions. Barcelona are European Champions and they have gone out and splashed the cash on Vidal and Turan. That is because they want to win and get better.. Coquelin and Walcott should never alter the plans of a great football club like Arsenal.
I will conclude by saying that if Wenger does not get us a DM and a striker, it will be absolutely criminal. Why can’t everyone see how close we are? Why are fans writing articles saying our squad is looking great. What greatness? I want to remind everyone that we finisedh 12 points behind Chelsea and we also finished behind the worst Man City team of the last 5 years. If pundits are saying Man City are rubbish, what does that make us? I hope Arsene, Ivan and the fans don’t get carried away by the great end to the season. We need to move on…..
By Galen Sona