I’m writing this with only 15 minutes to go before Arsenal kickstart the new season 2010/11. No, it’s not the start of the Premier League yet but it is a start nonetheless. The first of a series of friendlies precedes Arsenal’s campaign in any season and following recent tradition, that has always started at Barnet.
It has been a busier than normal summer for Arsenal and Arsene Wenger. Between his duty as an expert in South Africa in the recently concluded World Cup, he still has to oversee the on-goings at Arsenal. Two signings have been made while several others have gone away in the opposite directions. Laurent Kolscieny and Marouane Chamakh are the new recruits from the French Ligue 1. William Gallas, Sol Campbell and Mikael Silvestre’s contracts have finished and all three are unlikely to stay with the club.
I’m with the opinion of most of the fans that we are probably still a bit short at the back. Depending on Djourou, Vermaelen and Kolscieny to last an entire season of European football would be very foolish. We need at least another central defender but I’m not pinning too much hope on that one. Kyle Bartley and Havard Nordtveit are waiting in the wings for their chance to stake a place in the squad.
The best situation would be for Wenger to get another experienced player in while either one from Bartley and Nordtveit are the fifth place defender with the other one going out on a loan. However, the odds on Wenger putting his faith on both of them as the fourth and fifth central defender respectively are not totally out of the question. If Tony Adams could be trusted at a very young age, both of them deserve the benefit of our doubts.
The downside of the whole summer transfer business have been the Cesc Fabregas issue. Our club captain has been publicly pursued by Barcelona and their hordes of gangsters. There are only a select few left in the Barcelona squad that have not made public statement on their pleasure of seeing Fabregas moving back to his hometown. Today at least, it looks like there is light at the end of the tunnel. Sandro Rossell may have finally hint at defeat in trying to nick Fabregas back to Barca.
This whole saga has left a bad taste in my mouth, not least because Fabregas seemed to be the one who initiated the whole thing since the end of the season. I guess that I can still accept him as the captain of the squad and his level of professionalism are never to be doubted.
Right then, let’s have a first look at Kolscieny who starts tonight. Time to wear the red again.