Afternoon, delicious creatures of the Arsenal community.
Tomorrow, oh sweet tomorrow, sees the return of the Premiership. No more tedious friendlies in far away countries, no more moping around trying to involve one’s self in other, less entertaining sports; No, sir – football that matters is back.
I’ll be previewing the Aston Villa game with my post in the morning, but today I thought I’d take a quick moment away from my busy schedule of sorting, cleaning, sorting and more bloody sorting to talk about the unstoppable wave of panic sweeping across Arsenal-dom.
Not usually the type to fall victim to such things, even I’m starting to get a little worried. Luis Gustavo – a good player at a good price – has been snapped up by Wolfsburg, and now it appears any resolution in the epic Suarez saga looks highly unlikely – ol’ Choppers is back training with the first team at Liverpool, so reports say.
That leaves us looking at a perilous position regarding signings. If we fail to land Suarez, I struggle to think who our next target could be. Gustavo’s move sees another available player that would have improved our team depart elsewhere when we had a opportunity to do business.
All this is causing a great deal of unrest. Fans – rightly or wrongly – are getting angry. Declarations of spending big and enormous budgets seems to be either false promises, or something Arsene Wenger has chosen to ignore. Without any insider knowledge, I don’t generally care to remark on how the Club is run from the inside. Such things tend to be arrogant and invariably false. The only element I care to discuss is my feeling as a fan.
As a eager supporter, I want want is best for Arsenal. I want Arsenal to compete. Winning things is a huge bonus, but I put more importance in being in a position to legitimately challenge for titles and cups. Our squad has been trimmed of those surplus to requirements, and is currently dangerously thin. For reasons unknown, we haven’t added, and I can’t believe we are not going to.
Players must be brought in. Not just to ensure we are a team capable of sustaining some form of challenge, but primarily because the squad is dangerously close to a few injuries leaving us totally exposed. A marquee signing, at this point, would be secondary to me. Recruiting 2-3 excellent players in the areas we need them is far better business.
For that reason, I can’t see the worst coming to realisation. If Arsene allows our team to go into September without being strengthened, then I fear his time may be up. Not just with those who take great pleasure in lambasting his judgement, but with those who’ve defended him stoutly up until this point as well. If he makes that call, and results suffer, I don’t see how anyone can defend him. I struggle to think of a single logical reason why we haven’t done all our business a long time ago. There is still time to rectify the situation, but time passes quickly with every missed opportunity.
But, for now, that’s going to be put to one side. It’s the new season, and we need to get behind the team. That’s all from me today. Leave me a comment below, and have a splendid rest of your day.
As always; thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.