Evening beautiful people. It’s an icy Sunday night. Hooray…
If there is one phrase commonly used by journalists and authors of fiction across the football writing world that makes me chuckle, it’s ‘war chest’. “Manager ‘X’ has a war chest of £50m to spend”. I don’t know about you, but I’d imagine a war chest would contain things like Kanashlikovs and the Ebola virus – maybe some of those rocket launchers you see used against American helicopters in every war film post 1998. What I wouldn’t expect one to contain is funding to tempt Demba Ba away from Newcastle. It is a silly phrase.
Supposedly, our good manager has a significant amount of funds to splurge – love that word – on new, shiny recruits once we get into the wintery climes of January. Such information has widely been broadcast by the greater proportion of reputable Arsenal bloggers – including some who could legitimately claim to be ‘ITK’ – so I’m going to assume this tale is coated head to toe in delicious truth.
The question isn’t who we’ll spend it on. No, not at all. The matter of debate is wether or not Arsene will. Personally, I think such things depend entirely upon the state of affairs at the time. If we are looking rosy in the league, short on injuries, and finding the net on a regular basis; I doubt it will happen. However, if proceedings have taken a turn towards the lavatory, if half the squad is injured, and fan outrage is at new, uncharted highs; Arsene could very well be tempted to invest.
That investment is most likely to be in a forward position – especially given the absence of both Gervinho and, presumably, Chamakh to the ACON. The name currently being brandished about is Atletico Madrid’s, Adrian Lopez – a player similar to Walcott in terms of stalling on his contract. With Theo’s future still uncertain, and with the two aforementioned departures, a cut-price deal seems the most likely transfer we’ll see – if any.
I wouldn’t rule out the quick fix of another Henry loan, either. We all know our managers frugality. We can forget about battling it out with Chelsea and Man City for Radamel Falcao’s signature. But I’m okay with that. I love the fact we can pull of a signing like Cazorla for a price like £12m – that’s being intelligent with the cash at your disposal. Any idiot with an oligarch’s backing can throw money around playing real-life Football Manager.
To summarise; I belive we have a significant wedge of cash to spend, but we won’t. We won’t throw money around with joyful abandon. We’ll make moves for the players we want, for the prices we want. It’s not always a policy that works. Not securing a full-back at the same time last year cost us greatly. But it is our way, and we’ll have to hope that the mistakes of the previous campaign won’t be repeated.
That’s all for today, folks. I may not be about tomorrow to post as I’m stuck working all day, but I shall certainly return as soon as I can. The comments are below – let me know your hopes for the January window, and who you’d like to see come in.
Thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.