The transfer window has already been opened for 18 days but there is still no sign of impending transfer coming to Arsenal. In Chinese, the number 18 represents something which means very prosperous. In that sense, should Arsene Wenger announce any new signings today, I’m very sure he would be a massive player who would bring trophies to the club. Yet, I fear that I may have deluded myself with that hope.
Now that Thomas Vermaelen has is expected to go under the knife for an exploratory procedure and will be out for at least 6 weeks, it makes a central defender signing even more important. Even if Sebastien Squillaci is only expected to be out for 2 weeks, with the skills on our medical staffs, it may be much longer than that. Let’s be honest and admit that continuing the season challenging on all four fronts with only 2 central defenders would be pushing our luck to the maximum.
Wenger himself admits that to do just that, we would have to maximize the use of our squad. To that effect, it means utilizing those 25 or so players that are registered. The fact that we are left with only 2 fit centrebacks is hardly constitutes to maximizing our squad. I know it may be a stop gap measure. Someone who can come in and sit on the bench and just be ready to play the odd games here and there to help give some overworked players some rest.
Something has to be done. Player(s) have to be brought in. We are that much closer this season, it would be heartbreaking to see us lose out just because we had no centreback to put in the side. It is not broken but we could add a plaster or two there. Who knows, Johan Djourou or Laurent Koscielny might get injured or suspended after the Leeds game. Then what?
Let’s not kid ourself with Sol Campbell. Yes, his return was great last season. The fact that he was arguably one of our better players towards the end of the season was a good swansong for him in Arsenal colours. Look at him this season for Newcastle and you will understand my trepidation with him re-signing for the third time. The latest one to be linked is Richard Dunne.
If that turns out to be true, then I couldn’t be happier. This is someone with Premiership experience and a very good centreback. Ok, he’s fallen out of favour with Gerrard Houllier at Aston Villa but his qualities as a player is there to be seen. He’s strong and can deal with those crosses better than anyone currently in our squad. Will Houllier let him come to Arsenal after seeing how we kind of tricked him into signing Robert Pires? Time will tell.
In other departments, Wenger is fully using the squad. So much so, that early season star performer, Marouane Chamakh hasn’t had much of a look in since the end of last 2010. Luckily for us, the Moroccan striker is not moaning about the situation. He played a lot of games for us when Robin Van Persie and Nicklas Bendtner were both injured. While he did better than we could ever hope for in a new signing, perhaps now is the time he is afforded some rest to heal some bruises and perhaps pick up another pointer or two by watching from the sidelines.
It does augur well for us when the manager can choose the rest one of his most important players since the start of the season. In contrast to our defensive situation, we have plenty of arsenal in our strike force. A point which Theo Walcott highlights here as well. Though we could do without the Spuds comparison.
Match preview tomorrow.