Howdy, ladies and gentleman.
News broke tonight of Newcastle’s success in signing Papiss Cisse for a reported £10m. It’s a good price for a talented and fairly prolific striker, and, worst of all, he was once flirting with the fringes of Arsene Wenger’s radar. At 26, he’s a couple of years away from his prime and he could form a decent partnership with the inform Demba Ba.
So I ask the question, why are we not entering the market? Well, I put it primarily down to the manager’s obtuse and egotistic nature. Chamakh and Park are far from capable deputies for Robin van Persie, but Wenger’s blind faith in his signings has a tendency to go too far; he refuses to accept defeat. You want proof? Look no further than the prolonged Arsenal careers of Denilson or Nicklas Bendtner – both of whom needed in excess of 200 first-team starts before they were deemed surplus to requirements.
Once upon a time, our record in the transfer market was admirable and the envy of many. Plucked from relative obscurity and for a pittance, the likes of Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira went on to become world-class, trophy winning legends. Wenger had an eye for those hovering on the cusp of greatness. Then came his undoing: project youth. Whilst attempting to build a team around his search for talented youngsters, the transfer system he was once so accustomed to changed. What was ultimately an admirable, if slightly conceited, personal project, soon turned into a trophy-less failure.
Thankfully for us, the action we need to take is, in my humble opinion, far from drastic. There is no need for great overhaul or a ruthless culling of the inept – although, some do have to go. What I believe we need is 2 high-class additions. We need an alternative up front in the same class bracket as van Persie and we need a midfield dynamo that can inject some passion and drive. We have exceptional players returning; Wilshere, Sagna and Vermaelen are a loss any team would feel.
We have the starting point of an excellent side, we arguably possess the finest young player in European football. We just need our manager to see the faults and flaws that are so obvious.
Thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards. Comment below; who do you think we should sign? Do you agree Wenger must change his stance?
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