I was having a read of Le Grove today – try not to call me a c**t for being an unabashed fan – and Pedro’s bit about Championship Manager got me to thinking. First of all, it brought back memories of how many hours I wasted on that game. It’s without exaggeration I can regale you of my many mammoth sessions – some lasting well over 24 hours. There was something about that game, something more than simple addiction; I couldn’t stop, and hours felt like mere minutes. It even got to the stage where I’d bunk off work just to play it.
Anyway, I’m digressing.
The main thing that article made me think of was the relative simplicity in completing deals for the players you wanted. You just bid a certain amount, offer a contract and you’d have your man. In the real world, and in football’s current climate of Russian oligarchs and middle-eastern investors, things aren’t so simple.
But for the sake of discussion, and for the sake of making things more like that wonderful game; let’s imagine transfers and acquisitions are simple.
Within the restraints of Arsenal’s budget, and keeping logic and common sense in mind – who would you go out and buy if you were sitting in the seat of power at Arsenal? We’ve already done some excellent business bringing in Podolski and Giroud, but few could honestly admit there isn’t room for some more new faces. And of course, there’s the possibility of departures, too.
So, to spice things up a little – I want any of your taking part to do so under the assumption we’ll lose both van Persie and Walcott. Don’t get me wrong; I don’t want either of the two to leave.
The first player I’d go for is Marek Hamsik. He’s a brilliant, brilliant little player. He has the guile and cunning I think we lacked a bit last season. I don’t think I’d use any of the money coming in to actually try to replace Robin. That wouldn’t be easy. I’d use the cash to add another good level striker and Hamsik. Theo has a ready-made (arguably better) replacement already at the club in Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Assuming I got those two, I’d make someone solid and tough in the midfield my next priority. A lot has been said about Yann M’Vila, and rightfully so – he’s a classy player. But that deal looks to be trickier and more complicated by the day. A sneaky under-the-radar bid for Fernando Gago of Real Madrid would be where I’d go.
Lastly, I look at things at the back. We have 3 excellent centre-backs at the club, and one with a lot of potential I feel gets overlooked on occasion – Kyle Bartley. I’d promote him to the 4th choice spot at let Djourou move on somewhere they appreciate enormous eyebrows. That’s would leave me with the task of finding a back up keeper.
I don’t think buying someone to be 2nd choice is a smart move. I’d buy someone genuinely capable of challenging Szczsney for the shirt. I love our Polish stopper to bits, but some competition in the ranks wouldn’t hurt one at all. Perhaps I’d try to tempt either Sebastien Frey or Jack Butland.
But hey – that’s just me, folks. Those are my notions and wild-eyed ideas. The purpose of this post is to hear some of yours. What would you do? Who would you strive to get to Arsenal?
I look forward to hearing a few views in the comments.
Thanks for reading, you splendid little toe-rags. I shall return tomorrow.