Wenger must stop gambling – by Jansen.
Wenger is a very good manager, It is hard to doubt that, but his huge downfall is his lack of ambition. He seems to prefer gambling over improving the odds.
It was a gamble having not bought a quality striker for several years in my opinion. It was arguably an even bigger gamble to not buy an outfield player this summer.
A manager of his calibre should not have been afraid to manage two quality players for one position. He should definitely have bought Schneiderlin. Even if this would have meant bringing in competition for Coquelin.
This might be our best chance in a long while to win the Premier League, but not if he does not address the squads defensive midfield weakness. Flamini and Arteta are not long term solutions (long term being more than 1 or 2 games a season).
If it were manager, I would go out and buy William Carvalho, who is young at 23 and a good passer of the ball, in addition to being a promising DM and is already better than both Arteta or Flamini. Second choice would be Wanyama from Southampton, who is proven in the PL and a beast of a DM, although perhaps not the greatest passer of the ball. Coquelin also lacks in the same department.
Do nothing in this transfer market this winter and falling out of the top 4 is as likely or more then winning the English top division.
Flamini would likely be Wenger’s first-choice to step up for Coq, but he is not good enough and with the fixture list we will face it is likely he will get injured also. Ramsey would be a second choice or perhaps preferred. He is not as good as the two Frenchman defensively but has the engine to cover the ground necessary for 90 minutes. He is also injury-prone as we all know and there is no telling how long we can keep him fit for either.
Wenger must stop gambling on our future and increase the odds of us winning the league title by buying a quality holding midfielder this winter. It is not like we don’t need one even if Coquelin is healthy.
We have all been saying this for many seasons, so what is the chance that Wenger will finally buy such a quality player? 0% or there about? Or should we expect another half-hearted effort in the form of a Kim Kallstrom?
Wenger, if you are going to do something this transfer window, then please, please don’t wait until the last day of the window, we might be in fifth place or worse by then. If you are going to spend the money make it count ASAP and identify your target now and buy on the first day. None of us care if you pay over the odds. With the money going around in football these days you practically have to pay over the odds to get quality players. But go onto win the league and it will have been a well worth investment.
Am I alone in my thoughts? Would Carvalho or Wanyama and a top striker be enough to battle for this season’s title?