Transfer deadline day today. It is hard to catch up with things today as it stands. Names are flying in left, right and centre. As I write this, there’s 11 more hours to go before the transfer window closes.
Having look like we’ve already concluded deals for Per Mertesacker and Andre Santos to add to the Park Chu Young one, we’ve already added 3 new players. 2 in defence and 1 striker. There’s still place for more and it should be concluded in this transfer window.
Yes, admittedly with Thomas Vermaelen, Bacary Sagna and Kieran Gibbs out, our defence crumbled under intense pressure from Manchester United. The acquisition of one centreback and one left back is very good piece of business. As it stands we have 5 centrebacks now. Arsene Wenger has always maintained that 4 is enough in that department and if there’s 5, the last one would probably find no game time.
Surely that means no place for Sebastien Squillaci. The Frenchman has not featured at all thus far this season having been struck down with injury. For the fifth spot, it would be better served by giving it to a youngster, someone like Ignasi Miquel. A player who can learn the ropes by just being with the first team and not an experienced international player who might be disheartened with continued presence on the substitute bench. With that, apart from a possible departure in defence, I would say we should be set for the season with what we have.
More pressing matter is further up field. The departures of the creative minds like Cecs Fabregas and Samir Nasri has left a big hole in the middle. One option would be to procure a replacement attacking midfielder. Someone like Eden Hazard or Marvin Martin would fit this description.
Another one would be to purchase a central midfielder or a defensive midfielder. That would free up one of the 3 midfield slots and allow someone within the current squad to play further up field with less reliance on defending. That someone could be Jack Wilshere or Aaron Ramsey. Both players possesses the ability to play further up field and be the creative influence. In this instance, the transfer in could be someone like Yann M’Villa or Marouane Fellaini.
Of course I could be totally wrong. Wenger might see how we’ve played thus far this season and see how alone Robin Van Persie is up front and decide that a change is needed. And that change is more to formation and tactic than anything else. As with any change, Wenger might try to find the players to suit that formation.
If there numbers I saw are correct, it means we’ve spent somewhere in the vicinity of £18 – £20 million. That leave another £60 million still burning in Arsenal’s pocket. Potentially, 2 big names could be brought in with that kind of money. £25 million per signing would signal our intention to fight our way back into contention and show that we are still a big club. Safe to say, I’m expecting our transfer record to be broken today. Alternatively, 1 single extremely big player could be bought.
The next 11 hours could be both exciting and disappointing. Are you ready for the ride? Right, seatbelts on.