It would be wrong to expect anything with this Arsenal Football Club.
If you were to write a list of things to go wrong yesterday, we probably checked the box for every single box. Injuries, bad performance, “poisonous atmosphere”, and bad result. This was all against a team that barely stayed up in the League last season. Quite pathetic are the two words that come to mind.
In May, Gazidis was quite adamant that we were going to spend big money to sign big players. Instead, we have signed a 20-year old injury prone French player who has only played a handful of games in the Ligue 2. Along with that, seventeen players have left. There is no more deadwood at the club, which is a positive, however, there is no wood. Aaron Ramsey had to play centre back yesterday! Sagna played left back! Why are these players p;laying in these positions? The answer is simple, we have no players available. Wenger has to sign now, just so that we can field a squad that doesn’t involve a goalkeeper playing centre back.
One disappointment that I have now is what Wenger is going to do. He is probably in pressure to sign players, players that we don’t need to sign. For example, when we lost 8-2 to United, Wenger panicked and signed some players just to get the fans off his back. The players weren’t bad, but they hardly improved the team. Mertesacker and Arteta are the only survivors from transfer deadline day 2011. I expect (which I shouldn’t do) that Wenger will sign a defender, particularly a right sided defender. We have Sagna and Jenkinson, with the latter being a player that I do not feel comfortable with at all. I appreciate Jenkinson because he is a great Arsenal fan and loves the club, but so is Frimpong. I feel that Arsenal fans may be a bit blinded by Jenkinson’s love for the club rather than his playing ability. If anyone honestly believes that Jenkinson has the potential to be as good as any of our rivals right backs then you need to get up and smell the coffee.
What we need is a centre back, a defensive midfielder, and a striker. In all honesty, we need more than that, but that is what Wenger should go for. I can picture Wenger singing players for these positions, but I don;t believe that he is going to break the bank to sign any of these players. We have been linked to some world class names but I don’t think that Wenger is going to sign any of them. We already missed out on Higuain. Fellaini’s release clause has expired and we haven’t even been linked to any top defender this Summer. We need quality, not quantity. I don’t understand why Gazidis isn’t on the phone doing everything he can to sign someone like Luis Suarez. I guarantee you that if David Dein was at the club, someone would have already joined. Please Wenger, we need quality players, or Spurs and Liverpool will finish above us.
Some fans may want Wenger to go and I really don’t see any reason why he should be manager of Arsenal. It’s quite obvious why he has been in charge of the club for the past eight years, to keep the club in the top four and have good finances. Wenger didn’t spend simply because the board didn’t want him to. They wanted money for the Emirates and it was quite obvious that they knew we weren’t going to compete anymore. Now that we have money, we need a hungry manager that is willing to spend money and play to win. People may ask who they would want if Wenger left, and I have two names that come to mind. The first one I would want is Jurgen Klopp. He won the Bundesliga with Dortmund, took them to the Champions league final, and has got Dortmund to play some of the most attractive football in all of Europe. The next one is Michael Laudrop. The style of football that he has got Swansea to play is quite marvelous plus he won the League Cup last season with his squad. All though Swansea lost 4-1 to United yesterday, the football they played was very good and the scoreline could have easily been opposite if Swansea was the clinical side.
Overall, I would like to say that the club has gone downhill to the extremes. Every club bar United has strengthened this Summer, and the reason why United haven’t signed anyone is simply because they don’t really need anyone. It’s almost as if Wenger wants the club to fail. The title is almost a certainty to be lost and now we may not even qualify for the Champions League. Who would want to join us if we don’t make Champions League? We need quality players, not quantity players. Wenger needs to sign Luis Suarez and Lars Bender in order for us to compete for the top four. There is no rocket science here. Sign the players or money and fans will be lost.