It is easy to get carried away with Arsenal’s pre-season form, especially when your team slots six goals with no response. Naysayers will be quick to remind us about Yaya Sanogo. The lanky forward burst into the scene with a wonderful exhibition of skill and finishing at the Emirates Cup last pre-season. But when the season started, he faded away and was recently shipped to Ajax on loan. The point is not to get the expectations too pumped up but to look at the preparations with pragmatism.
Latest transfer reports coming out of Ajax talk about the possibility of the Dutch giants signing Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny. The Ajax director of football Marc Overmars has reportedly been in touch with the Gunners to find out about his availability.
Arsene Wenger admits that it is only paperwork that is between Yaya Sanogo and joining Ajax on loan. He also thinks that it would be to the benefit of the forward. The presence of two former Arsenal legends at the Dutch club is a cause of optimism for Wenger. Marc Overmars is the director of football at Ajax while Dennis Bergkamp is the assistant to the manager Frank de Boer.
I think it is fair to say that the majority of Arsenal fans last summer had much higher hopes that one of our young strikers Joel Campbell was going to have a much bigger influence on the season for the Gunners as another in the shape of Yaya Sanogo.
The Gunners are off to the pre-season to Singapore but the transfer market is still abuzz with news, rumours and everything that’s flying left, right and center.
It was never likely for Arsenal to use our young French international striker Yaya Sanogo as a first team player this season. And the fact that the tall 22-year old was not one of the fringe players included in the Arsenal squad for the pre-season visit to Singapore to play in the Barclays Asia trophy confirmed this.
Why Arsene has a lot to do before he can consider buying any more players. by DW
Pre-season training will be in full swing over the next couple of weeks as we build up for another hard fought campaign. While Gooners everywhere will be eagerly awaiting the next big name through the Emirates doors. It may be worth considering some of the issues Arsene will be facing before he plunges back into the market for new outfield players.
It was the first day back in pre-season training for the Arsenal squad yesterday, at least it was for most of them although there were a few notable absentees like Alexis Sanchez and Petr Cech who have been give a bit more time off because of their international duties this summer.