Will Wenger undo all the good work? by Seth
It’s been a surreal summer for Arsenal fans so far and I know most of us are really waiting for the season to start while some Gooners are waiting for this Sunday’s match against Koln to catch a glimpse of the new look Arsenal squad. Either way, both dates can’t come soon enough.
On that marvelous night when Arsenal beat Barcelona at the Emirates, I remember telling a friend of mine that we were just 3-4 players away from being able to compete for and actually win silverwares. The season ended and the not so surprising story of Cesc leaving for Barcelona broke out. It was a major loss but we just needed to replace him and fix major defensive crisis and we would have been better. Instead of that, we got rid of Nasri too (who I must agree deserved to be sold but not to City). We lost two really good players and brought in some half decent players as replacements. We all know how the season ended. Fast forward that to this summer.
With the addition of Giroud, Podolski and Cazorla to the squad (which includes RvP and Alex Song), Arsenal have perhaps the best attacking force in the premiership right now (no disrespect to Man City). The imminent loan deal for Nuri Sahin will add some unbelievable depth to the squad but we still need adequate cover for Sagna. AFC fans think that we need a defensive midfielder and I quite agree with them but I think Cazorla’s arrival would make Song actually sit back and do his job better. The signing of these top players would also enable the young players like Chamberlain, Coquelin et al to blossom just like Cesc did while in the midst of great players like Pires, Henry, Bergkamp to mention a few.
With Arsene and Arsenal, there is always an exception!
I am inclined to believe that Arsene Wenger will undo all the good work of this summer by selling both RvP and Song to Man-U and Barca respectively. It’s just so silly to sell your star player who is in his prime to your arch rival. Where is the ambition in selling him to United? Right now, Arsenal has a better squad than Man Utd and therefore has the edge but selling Robin to them or City takes that extra class away from the team. If we can’t sell the idea of the latest project we are starting now to him, then let’s sell him outside of England.
Next up is Alex Song.
Song’s is one of our best defensive and creative players and we can’t afford to lose him. The significance of the additions to the squad is greater if we can keep the best core of the present team and lesser if we sell the best core of the present squad.
Our new additions will find it easier to hit the ground running if we manage to keep our star players but will find it harder if the immediate burden of moving the club forward is placed on their heads alone.
Please Arsene, I believe RvP wants to stay. Let’s forgive him and keep him. And do not let the issue of Song’s transfer even be up for discussion at all. Also, you already know that Sagna won’t be starting the season. Get adequate cover for him.
I believe this is our season. North London is forever red. Cheers
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