I have had some time to calm down after what happened at the Emirates, and right now, it really feels very depressing. As I have said before, and by that I mean in my Match report, the problems for Arsenal Football Club stretch beyond the field. We now have 10 days left for the transfer window to close, and whatever happens in these 10 days on the transfer front of Arsenal Football Club, will, indeed decide the 2010-2011 season.
It is true that the manager has already come out and said that he is ready to spend if there is someone who is worth spending on. Based on this line of thought, I think we need to chalk out what exactly we require. I have heard from a few people that Squillaci’s involvement this season will be minimal, but I am not sure how true this is. So, I cannot include that in this ‘thesis’. I can however, conceive some things the manager SHOULD do in these 240 hours.
Firstly, he has to fill the gap in the midfield. It is wrong to put so much pressure on Ramsey. And in this case Wenger is being a real hypocrite. If Ramsey being so young is allowed to start against Liverpool why ALTEAST can he not bring on Ryo, or even Chamberlain on for Theo and Arshavin, or even one of them. He may feel that they are not ready yet, but do you think Ramsey is ready to lead Arsenal midfield in the premier league and the champions league (if we do play in it). In FC Barcelona the burden of the midfield is shared between 3 players. Xavi, Iniesta and Mascherano/Busquets. But in Arsenal too much pressure is put on Ramsey, cause let’s face it Song is a CDM and can’t shoot for anything, let alone peanuts. Now, please don’t include names like Rosicky here. He is a Mozart who’s violin has been smashed, and he never steps up when we require him too. Rosicky can be played in the FA Cup or the Carling Cup, and as a sub for league games but unless he steps up to a his former 2004 level, he is just utilising another players place.
On the attacking front we have 3 strikers. One is world class but the other 2 are just ‘class.’ But we do not have to worry alot on this front because of the wingers we have and the ability of our new signings to play in the centre i.e. Gervinho and Campbell.
As for the defense, Vermaelen performance against Liverpool was magnificent and for me yesterday he smashed whoever came in front of him. Be it Carroll, or Suarez. Kosher got injured, but upto now what I have seen of both of them has convinced me of their quality, which if I may add, is Arsenal standard. Yes, Per Mertersacker is a juicy buy when the ‘tower’ is just available for 6 million, BUT it would not mean the an apocalypse if we do not get him. Don’t get me wrong, I want him very badly, but it’s just that I feel the defense may be addressed after the midfield.
Wenger has to understand that everything done for a considerable amount of time becomes a habit, and if the team goes on the way it is going losing will just become a habit for the players. Look at Vermaelen in the picture, that is the Thomas Vermaelen of the present seeing the ‘Arsenal of the future’ if nothing is done in the present. Look at the mans reaction, his hands are covering his mouth !
Now picture, millions of Arsenal fans in the same way. That is what is going to happen if the manager doesn’t step up. Its time Arsene, its time.
You have asked me to trust you. Forget me, you have asked ‘us’ to trust you. I do, now show me why I should, please, I beg of you…