Saturday, 1 September 2012

Wenger's £50m transfer gamble as the transfer window slams shut

Morning Gooners.

What a let down yesterday was. This summer promised to be one where Arsenal could build on the good work they did on the pitch which saw us guarantee Champions League football by finishing in third position.
We would be able to get our transfer business done early. Sign our targets before pre-season training began and add additional quality to our squad.

We knew we were in a sticky position with Robin van P€r$i€ and his contract. But we'd signed Lukas Podolski as one of the players who could replace Robin, so we wouldn't be stuck between a rock and a hard place in contract negotiations with the Dutchman.

The same still applies with Theo Walcott. His contract situation is still up in the air. A valuable asset who can walk out of the club at the end of the season with Arsenal not receiving a penny is still on our books. Quite how the club could have let Theo hold all the cards is beyond me.

The positive feeling generated by the signing of Podolski, Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla has been dampened with the departures of van P€r$i€ and Alex Song, a player we did not have to sell but chose to move on.

As regular readers know, I'm not a huge Song fan but I can see his worth to the team. A player at 24-years-old with home grown status is a valuable asset to us. Fair enough the manager wanted rid of him but you don't sell a player who adds depth to your squad and not replace him.

I agree with the club that Real Madrid were taking the mickey with the Nuri Sahin deal. Expecting Arsenal to cough up a £2m loan fee then pay the players £5m wages for the season with no option to buy at the end of the season is not good business. But Arsene Wenger must have had a back up target if Sahin didn't come off.

At this point in time we have a first eleven who can beat anyone in the league but the lack of depth is hugely worrying.

Arsene has decided the best place for the £50m in the transfer proceeds account is with the bank and not invested in players who can bring us success on the football pitch.

Just looking at the squad list on Arsenal.com - we have just 24 senior outfield player listed. The amount of players who haven't been out with a long term injury can be counted on two hands.

And while Nicklas Bendtner has been loaned to Juventus and Ju Young Park has departed for the season to Celta Vigo on loan, the manager has decided he has enough quality in his squad already not to replace them.

It's a huge gamble and one I hope the manager wins.

There is no point us thinking what might have been now. The transfer window has closed and we need to support the team on the pitch. Starting at Anfield tomorrow.

That's it for today. More tomorrow.





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