With only one new player added to the Arsenal playing staff so far in the current summer transfer window, Arsenal fans have not exactly been spoilt for choice about which player’s name to have printed on their new replica football shirt, but there is still plenty of time.
After his less than impressive Premier League Gunners debut at home to West Ham last weekend, I reckon that the number of Gooners getting the name of Petr Cech printed on the backs of their shirts will have dried up dramatically, but as long as he puts that behind him and helps the Gunners to a much needed win away to Crystal Palace on Sunday, I can see the Czech Republic keeper being a popular choice with the fans.
For one thing, his name is only four letters long and with the cost of being a football fan, especially an Arsenal fan, climbing all the time, any way of saving money and reducing costs is a good thing. There are ways, including voucher sites that can get you money off all sorts of things including shirts and other football related clothing, various ways of getting to the games and even on flights for when our Champions League adventure starts again. You really should check it out if you are trying to save a bit of money or make your pounds go further.
With Arsenal having recently released new versions of the home and away kits, we already have a hard choice on our hands, although I might just wait and see if the third strip is really the one reported by Metro to have been accidentally put up on the official Arsenal website. If so it is very different to anything we have seen recently – but I quite like it.
Then comes the choice of whose name to put on the back, assuming that is what you want to do. I am, like most of you out there, hoping that we will have at least one more player to choose from before the transfer window closes in a few weeks.
But whose name or names will we have? Karim Benzema is the subject of most of the recent Arsenal transfer rumours and we keep hearing more on the matter of the France international star. But I have a feeling that we are living more in hope than expectation on this particular signing. I keep coming back to the question of why Real Madrid would consider selling this striker that has consistently performed for them since his move from Lyon?
If Arsenal had a striker that had scored 124 goals in the last four seasons and we had the sort of money making power that makes Madrid the richest club in the world, would we sell him? It is not as if there are many rumours suggesting that Rafa Benitez is in the market for a new forward and so I very much doubt that the Madrid fans would be happy to see Benzema leave.
Another couple of big name strikers in the shape of Gonzalo Higuain and Edinson Cavani have started to be linked with a possible move to north London and while neither would be cheap, there is that reported £200 million in the bank that the Arsenal board member Lord Harris spoke about recently.
Also, while most of the football media agree that a striker is the most likely signing for Arsenal, Wenger rarely does what we expect. So perhaps another midfielder is on the cards, whether a solid central player or another creative one. I think we could do a lot worse than get a really good wide man in, and for me the German international Julian Draxler would fit into a few of these categories and I would love to see him sign for Arsenal.
So for me it would be the leaked third kit with Draxler on the back. How about you?