First may I say it would be great if someone could find the time to list all the players we are linked with in the months ahead as we did last year – it would give us all a damn good laugh.
What is not so funny is to try to decide who will stay and who will leave if Arsène goes ahead and buys a number of exceptional or experienced players for immediate inclusion in the first team squad whilst at the same time extending the contracts of a number of current players.
What then will happen to the abundance of talent we know is coming through, as they see their opportunities diminish? Do we increase our costs by offering them increased contracts to stay? Indeed would you stay under those circumstances? I am not sure I would.
I wonder what a tranche of our best young talent who are thinking of leaving us because they see their path to the first team squad blocked by these new purchases would say to any of the gifted youngsters who we plan to recruit for our academy? Word soon goes round in football, would they still be so keen to join.
Are we to abandon the position we have worked so hard to achieve or should we accept we are nearly there, settle for purchasing some short-term cover for older players who are nearing their time and concentrate on producing the ball playing winners that have been the hallmark of our academy in recent years? And can we achieve all this whilst bearing in mind the effect this has on the fair play regulations which begin to bite this year.
Additionally, if as seems likely the long serving Pat Rice will leave us this summer. How do we see Arsène reorganising the club? – from within with the devil he knows, or is there perhaps a DB10 or his like waiting out there ready to join us with fresh ideas to help AW deliver us to greater glory?
Remember DB himself was plucked by an astute Johan Cruyff from an academy side and plunged into the first team squad against the wishes of many staff members. DB of course blossomed under the challenge and eventually became the epitome of what Arsenal’s football is all about. Without that single action by an inspired Cruyff would we I wonder, be the club we are today?
Perhaps we also need the specialist defensive coach that many suggested earlier this season to help stop the hemorrhage of goals from set pieces, or should we take our chances and use the pace throughout the team to defend by pressing all over the pitch, as per the Barcelona model? Would that work week in week out in the premier league, do we have the skill levels?
So many questions for AW to answer, but what do you think.
Who will we buy?
Who will we sell?
Who will we promote?
Who will be Arsène’s next right hand man?
Are we likely to lose loanees and top youngsters if they cannot see first team squad places?
How should we set up and defend?
How will our choices affect where we finnish next season?
I look forward to your comments.
Written by dandan