Monday, 26 November 2012

Wenger needs to be ruthless and act -Transfer war chest needs unlocking

Morning Gooners.

It's difficult to know where to start today's post. After an uninspiring 0-0 draw at Villa Park on Saturday, we have to get our minds focused on a trip to Everton on Wednesday night, knowing the players really didn't put in a performance expected of them.

Granted, the two previous games against Spurs and Montpellier were vital wins. But we yet again failed to show any creative spark on Saturday which would at least offer us all hope that we're moving in the right direction.

The belief at the start of the season was good with the arrival of Santi Cazorla, Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud would put us in a position of challenging for the title. It seems had the trio not been signed to replaced the greedy badger and Alex Song but to supplement them, we could be looking at a run at the title.

I think our expectations need to be altered as all three are taking time to adapt to the English game and it probably won't be until next season before we see them at their best.

The other elephant in the room is the reliance on Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs and Abou Diaby. Wilshere shouldn't have even been named as a substitute for Saturday's game because of an inflammation of scar tissue on the ankle injury which kept him out for the whole of last season. However he was the player we were crying out for when there shouldn't be a reliance on him so soon after being out for so long.

We've already seen this season the importance Gibbs' presence in the team is. Neither Andre Santos or Thomas Vermaelen convince at left back. But the manager should have spent money on cover for the 23-year-old back in the summer.

And as for the manager's faith in Abou Diaby's ability to recover from injury - well that's just left us with a giant hole in our midfield. We've all seen how great the Frenchman can be, but he shouldn't be considered a primary player because he cannot string a decent amount of performances together without getting injured. The manager should look at Abou as a player who must be used with kid gloves and not a player he can rely on to play week in, week out.

It must be more frustrating for the manager than anyone else that this team are so lacking creatively. We've not seen Arsene Wenger teams at Arsenal which have lacked in creative belief like this one does. Which is why I believe the one way to solve this issue is to go into the January transfer market and sign the players we need.

I would love to see Theirry Henry back. But not if his signing meant we didn't chase after and sign our primary targets. The manager has some serious shopping to do in January. We need to strengthen our squad to ensure we finish in the top four. Without the greedy badgers goals, we're struggling to produce the wins we need to ensure that we have Champions League football next season.

I have faith that Arsene Wenger is the man to lead us forward, but he needs to be ruthless and make decisions which will get us back on track. Before Saturday's game many were expecting us to stream roller Villa. That was never likely to happen against a team who had lost 5-0 away the previous weekend and had a whole week to prepare for our visit.

A point isn't a bad result in the grand scheme of things. If we win our home games and take at least a point on the road, we should be ok come the end of the season. And there are positives to Saturday's result. We kept a clean sheet and our unbeaten run continues.

That's it for today. Back with more tomorrow.

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