Morning, you splendidly attired creatures. You all look especially lovely this morning. That’s a lovely sweater-vest you have on.
When things are quiet in the world of Arsenal, when footballing news is taken up with John Terry’s court fiasco; on occasion, I truly wonder what I can write that isn’t ubiquitous, or the kind of homogenous regurgitation of news you might encounter elsewhere.
I ponder, and I ponder a bit more.
This morning, I figured I’d just let rip with what comes off the top of my head. Usually, this results in a barrage of abuse in the comments. I’m nothing if not a glutton for punishment.
As time passes, and the season draws ever closer; I begin to worry. My mind is still fresh with the horrors of last summer’s business and the hapless manner in which it was conducted. With Robin’s epic saga seemingly no closer a resolution, I worry a year on, we’ll endure something similar.
After worrying a little while longer, I slap the pessimistic wretch in me. “Have a little faith, James” I declare. “Arsenal made those mistakes once, the signings of Giroud and Podolski already show you there unlikely to make them twice”
And I’m right. We have to have a little faith the club won’t repeat that kind of faux-pas. With a rational head on my shoulders, I start to think of areas in which the team could be strengthened.
Arsenal defence needs work. Perhaps the most underestimated signing thus far is Steve Bould. The man was a defender in the truest footballing sense of the word. He was a integral part of one of the greatest back four’s our club has had, and if there is anyone capable of drumming our troops into order, it’s him. We have the players. Our first choice defence is very solid on paper. What they need is a little bit of organisation – somebody to tell Kieran Gibbs he shouldn’t be strolling around the centre circle when the opposistion are on the attack.
With Kyle Bartley stepping up to the first team, I’m not sure we need any huge investment in that area. Where I think we can improve is midfield.
Firstly, and as many have stated ad nauseam in previous weeks; we need a defensive holding midfielder. Yann M’Vila; he’s the name on everyone’s lips and the guy certain to solve all our problems. Or so folks would have you believe. They’ll be no quick fix here. No one player can come in and make us impenetrable, but a player who sticks to that task and doesn’t wander off up field trying to be Rivaldo would certainly stop us leaking a few goals.
Let’s not forget Wilshere is back, too. He has that creative spark, plus he knows how to put his foot in and win the ball. We might even get to see Diaby for longer than 20 minutes…
The point to all this is simple; I don’t think the current Arsenal squad are that far away from being able to compete. We have good players at the club, and if Robin leaves and we act quickly to replace him, I’d be happy with the sate of the team for the new season. If Arsenal can bring in M’Vila, and a proven striker to share the burden up front with Giroud, we’ll be looking pretty good.
Maybe there’s even room for Theo if he re-signs.
Aplogies for today’s post, it’s not one of my best. Also, apologies if you’re a follower of my Twitter account as I won’t be using it at all for the next week – I shall explain my reasons once that time has passed.
Thanks for reading today, you beautiful bastards. The comments are below. I look forward to being called names…