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This is it. We are only a day away from the close of the silly season. August 31st marks the end of the transfer window and any further transfer will have to take place in January. I’m sure many would agree with me that the deadline could not come any faster. It is time to lay all these rumours to bed. Arsene Wenger and Arsenal have done their fair share of transfer this season and it is something I’m quietly satisfied about.
Having assessed our performance last season, Arsenal fans including me thought that we could do with at least 3 more new players, provided the players that we have are staying. That would be one each for a keeper, a central defender and a central defensive midfielder. Up till now, Wenger have only fulfilled one of those criteria. In fact, he brought in 2 defenders in Laurent Koscielny and Sebastien Squillaci and now we have just about enough in that position to mount a serious title charge on several fronts.
It would not be like Wenger if he does not sign an attacker. Which is why it was no surprise to see Marouane Chamakh joining our expansive band of strikers. While we all thought that this is a department which we do not need reinforcement, the boss seems to think otherwise. With Nicklas Bendtner out injured and Robin Van Persie resuming training later than usual due to his World Cup commitments, the addition of Chamakh has prove to be another masterstroke. The Moroccan have bedded in well with the team and have shown that he does not mind putting his body on the line for Arsenal’s cause. If he remains level-headed, Chamakh will surely be a firm fans favourite.
We have not added anyone in midfield and even lost a prospective midfield enforcer in Emmanuel Frimpong to long term injury before the start of the season. Although, the 18-year-old would probably not have featured much in the first team bar the Carling Cup matches. Alex Song remained our only viable option a the shield in front of our defence. This is a tricky position to deal with but if Denilson and Abou Diaby remains tactically discipline, we should also be covered in that position. I’m inclined to play the latter both together in midfield should Song unavailable for any game. If Song plays, then a box-to-box role can be slotted in beside the Cameroonian.
Which brings us to the one position that if sorted out accordingly, would make us a fearsome opponent in any game. The goalkeeping situation at Arsenal has become something of a laugh for many of our rivals. Gone are the days when Arsenal had the best keeper in the business. The likes of David Seaman and Jens Lehman have scared off many strikers even before they take the shots at goal. The well publicised errors by Manuel Almunia and Lukasz Fabianski have only made other teams more aware of the possible route to our goal.
The latest news report are saying that Shay Given has decided to stay and fight for his place at Manchester City, which would mean that Mark Schwarzer will now probably remain at Fulham. I was hopeful that he could be sign but I would be even more disappointed if the Australian is the only target that Wenger has in his list of keepers. So, we wait with abated breath for news of another new signing.
Just read that United are supposedly prepared to pay £10 million + Michael Carrick for Jack Rodwell. Even without a real need for the Everton lad now, I’m hoping Wenger puts up an offer to counter that and not allow that prodigious midfielder to move to Manchester.