As today is another spectacularly slow news day, I thought I’d use it as an opportunity to share a few of my hopes and dreams for the coming months. Until we get down to the proper business of competitive football, all that remains in it’s prolonged absence is good old fashioned talk of who we may bring into the wonderful world of Arsenal.
We obviously won’t be signing Falcao or Neymar as both have moved onto lucrative contracts in pastures new – Falcao bizarrely choosing to move to the sunny, tax-free climes of Monaco. Although that piece of business is yet to be officially confirmed, it looks a certainty. I can’t say I’m not surprised that arguably the best striker in Europe has opted to move to France when he could have had his pick of Europe’s elite.
As far as Arsenal are concerned, I’m still possessed by the feeling this summer is going to be different. I’ve made that statement before only to be disappointed with the new faces that materialised. What makes the difference is we will enter the close season without the burden of speculation surrounding our greatest asset.
So, who do I think we should sign? Well, I don’t have any particular players in mind, but I know the areas of the team that need strengthening…
This is usually the part of any blog relating to signings that I feel the need to put a disclaimer of sorts up. I’m not a professional football manager. If given the opportunity to manage a Premiership club, I would probably make an enormous mess and be hunted down and flayed by its supporters. Part of me feels a bit ridiculous talking about who Arsenal should sign. I’m just a humble fan with an opinion.
So don’t take any of this too seriously, folks.
There is a very interesting piece about our training methods featured in today’s Arseblog. In no way do I intend to disrespect its author, but I do disagree with it to an extent. I think Arsenal lack an established, top-class shot stopper. That has been our problem since Lehmann left, and not necessarily how we train the ones we have. Above all others, goalkeeper is the position that requires experience. Over the summer, I’d personally opt to securing the services of a No1 with plenty of games under his belt, and pay the money for a world-class one.
It has long been a point amongst Arsenal fans that we need a defensive midfielder – someone built like the proverbial house of shit bricks that can sit ahead of the defence and repel attacks. Not wishing to in any way undermine Mikel Arteta’s excellence in the position, I can’t help but feel it doesn’t suit him.
When discussing the Invincibles, often folks overlook the contribution of Gilberto Silva. For all the wonderful finesse of our approach play, the Brazilian quietly went about his business and with great effect. Without his positional discipline, that team wouldn’t have been so difficult to beat. The defensive/holding midfielder midfielder may not be a position used as much in today’s game, but that doesn’t mean we don’t need one. With our defence showing great improvement recently, deploying a rock in the midfield would only add to that.
I’d say this one will be universally agreed with.
Olivier Giroud will only get better in his second season, and he deserves a great deal more credit than he gets for an impressive tally of goals an assists accumulated in his first. However, he can’t lead the line by himself. Yaya Sanogo looks like he’s coming our way, but an unproven French youngster with past injury troubles sounds a little too familiar with regard to success rates. This is the area I’d throw some cash at.
Call me a dreamer, but I’d love to enter next season buzzing about how our new top-class centre forward is going to do. We’d certainly have to break our record transfer fee to get a really good one, but there are plenty out there who could drastically improve the way our frontline looks.
And that’s what I’d like to see us do. Another creative minded soul to operate in midfield with cunning wouldn’t go amiss, but above all else those are the areas I’d hope we recruit. Of course; it is not for me to decide. I can only offer the views of a fan – views that are certainly open to being disagreed with and critiqued.
The comments below are available for exactly that. Do you disagree or agree with me? Where in the team would you like to see Arsene improve with new faces? Do you have any particular players in mind? Let me know what you think.
As always: thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.