Let’s raid th’ north by Louis
It is quite clear from the first 2 games of this season that Arsenal, whilst looking reasonably strong, still have a lot of work to do, and a few more faces to add before we can really launch a threat on that number 1 spot that has eluded us the past couple of years. In my opinion there are 3 areas that we need to improve upon:
Firstly, and most obviously, up front. Despite the additions of Giroud and Podolski, we have failed to score in both of our opening games against fairly average teams. Now, I’m sure that Olivier and Lukas will come good, however we cannot afford to go the first 10-15 games without a reliable goal scorer.
Secondly, midfield. Again we’ve added here as well, in the shape of new fans’ favourite Santi Cazorla. I believe that Cazorla will become the lynch pin of the Arsenal attack for the next few seasons, however we cannot rely on him all the time, plus as I’ve mentioned already, our attack has looked rather toothless thus far, even with our new maestro involved.
Our final ‘problem’ is cover in defence. There is no problem with our full strength, in fact I think it’s one of the finest in the league. However, one or two injuries and we’re in trouble. Jenkinson has been OK, but has yet to be really tested, and Andre Santos is more than questionable when it comes to defensive duties, even if he occasionally comes up with a bit of Brazilian magic.
So, what can we do about it? My answer, a transfer deadline day raid of the Sports Direct Arena. Now at this point I would like to mention that none of these transfers are even remotely near to happening, and that I am not ITK, these are simply my opinions.
Newcastle have a player for each of the problems I have identified. Demba Ba’s release clause at £7.5 million has gone under the radar this summer, and for that price I’d snap him up in a heart beat. He’s proven in the Premier League, and would fit in perfectly with our style of play.
In terms of our midfield problems, I would take either Cabaye or Tiote. Preferably Tiote, he’s more defensive, meaning that our other Spanish wizz, Mikel Arteta would have the opportunity to express himself going forward a bit more. What’s more Tiote is younger, however he would probably come at a greater cost.
Finally, but probably most unlikely, is Fabricio Colocinni. He’s the kind of versatile defender we’ve been crying out for. He can play centre back, left back and even right back. In addition he’s a natural leader, and with Vermaelen and Arteta being the only natural leaders in the team, another one wouldn’t hurt.
I would put my house on the fact that none of these deals will happen, however if I had the chance to raid the Arsenal coffers those are the transfers that I would try to push through.
Thank you for your time,