……… Don’t worry! We survived it once and we can do it again, and this time, oh how we are in a better position!
Think back to this god awful time last year. Bye-bye Fabregas and Nasri. Now think about the situation we are in now. Bye-bye Van Persie and Song. Ask yourself, which two players would you prefer to have? Don’t just go ‘Rvp scored 30 goals, Song set them up, obviously them’, because think about the last seven years of Rvp’s and Song’s careers at Arsenal. Song booed off at Fulham, Rvp continually injured! Cesc, a real servant to the club and I am happy about his success at his boyhood club, played on against Barcelona with a broken leg as he knew we had no subs left so would be one man down. Rvp would be crying about it!
I would rather have Fabregas and Nasri in my team. One good season and a player we have nursed through his pathetic injuries shows his disloyalty. Nasri left, we were furious but he was only at us for three years, we hate him though.
Song has left us now and I don’t think any fans know why he left us, I personally can not see him getting a lot of first team action at Barcelona. We can’t be too angry at him, good luck to him. Some fans believe that he isn’t good enough for Arsenal and should leave, well your wish has come true. Apparently his attitude was a disgrace, oh well.
Cazorla played amazingly well against Sunderland, a mid table team. He should be able to play like this against top teams. Stoke may be a challenge as they are tall and tough. We didn’t get anyone like him last season, and he is a mix between Nasri and Fabregas, a quality player.
We also have Podolski, a player who has started slowly. He was started upfront on his own, a place that he can play although his preferred and possibly best position, is too play behind the striker. Why he and Giroud weren’t played together I don’t know.
Oh so Giroud missed that chance against Sunderland. His debut, first proper shot, on his right foot, not the easiest shot!
The position Arsenal are in now, is potentially a strong one. We have lost one injury prone player who has had one good season in eight years, who has now gone to a team that will not be based around his qualities like we were last year. He will just be another player at Man United. We have lost a defensive midfielder who is not the best defender and attacker, but can occasionally provide some assists. Personally I believe that Song, isn’t the biggest loss. We have signed three players, one who really have shown his quality, Cazorla. He has been tipped as the signing of the season by Wenger, and if he plays with the same quality against Stoke in which he did against Sunderland, people may start to notice him and agree.
We have been bombarded with different news regarding Sahin, it has taken more twists and turns than a horror, it isn’t ‘Who is the killer?’ but more like ‘Who will he sign for?!’. We brought him into the light with the proposed loan deal, but it wasn’t finalised because of the option to purchase him after the loan deal ended. Then news was announced that Liverpool hijacked the deal and he was going to be loaned to them, as Liverpool were more flexible on the option to buy him at the end of the season. Then we hijacked Liverpool’s deal to loan him, as Wenger phoned Sahin up directly and discussed the matter to him in Turkish, and the promise of Champions League football ultimately attracted him to join Arsenal instead of Liverpool. Sky Sports and BBC ‘understood’ that Sahin was due to have a medical today. A few hours ago sporting websites reported that Sahin’s deal with Arsenal had fallen through and he is now joining Liverpool, the same websites that reported that Sahin has passed his medical at us! Why is every single Arsenal transfer so painstakingly long? Until there is the headline on the Arsenal website reading ‘Nuri Sahin Join’s On Loan For 2012 / 2013 Season’, I am ignoring any reports on even Sky and BBC, unless they have a picture of him arriving at Arsenal (And not a fake one, there are already a few out there!).
We have already been linked with Tiote to replace Song, with the money acquired from the purchase of Song. We were linked with him a few months ago, as well as Chelsea and Manchester United. I would link to see Tiote join us, as he can be a real midfield general, something Song wasn’t. Walcott has also been linked with a move away from Arsenal, and we have already been linked with dozens of replacements. Jesus Navas most notably and recently. I did a quick little internet search on Jesus Navas on Google. On the right is an extract from Wikipedia, showing a picture of him, his age, place of birth, and a small paragraph about him. It told me that he played for English Premier League Club Arsenal FC. I immediately went onto our website, nothing. Today Navas has claimed he knows nothing regarding him being linked to Arsenal.
The major downside of being an Arsenal fan is that we can’t have a nice clean buy, for example Rodwell’s transfer to Manchester City. One story came out that Rodwell was being approached by City, a day and a bit later, conformation Rodwell had joined them subject to a medical. We were linked with Arteta before last years deadline day, but we made an approach for him on deadline day and even then we were told that we had dropped interest in him, then a few hours later made another offer. Another example is M’Villa. He has had about three medicals at Arsenal according to some website.
But this all proves something. Wenger may have learned his lesson. He has already bought three players, all arguably world class, but he has said on the Arsenal website that the amount of players coming in depends on those that are going out. Well Cazorla joined after that, and then Song left as well, as we already knew Van Persie was going. M’Villa, Navas, Tiote? Yes please to them all. We are in a much better position compared to last year. We signed Arteta and Chamberlain, the only ones that worked really, Mertesaker Park didn’t really, and we have split opinions over Gervinho. The same with Santos. I liked Santos a lot, although not Gervinho as much. But this year maybe different, if we sign two out of those three players, we would have a really good team, with a lot of potential, although they would have to have a few games to all gel together. We have never had that really, and it is something I am looking forward too. Last transfer deadline day, I was worried that we wouldn’t sign Arteta and / or lose someone as important as Vermaelen or even Song! All I can say, is that I am really excited for this deadline day, as that is when Wenger seems to attack the market, as no clubs can steal the transfer, the club selling the player has too say yes or no, and quickly, so the Sahin transfer situation couldn’t happen (Well it wouldn’t take so many twists and turns).
Under a week left too go before the end of this awful yet great, and possibly going to be an amazing, summer transfer window. What will happen before it closes I do not know, although if I was asked if I would like to know what will happen, I would say no, I love the drama of seeing all of the news headlines, and watching the sports news at ten o’clock, a few hours before the windows closes, and hearing about all of the possible transfers that have to be finalised for the window closes.
I have said it before, and I will say it again, it isn’t over until it is over, and anything could happen, lets just hope that we get the signings we have been linked too, and possibly need. Good luck Arsenal fans, it is going to be a bumpy, bumpy ride to deadline day…
Written by Miles