No Transfers – The Season Goes On
Wenger looked at the squad, thought we needed a player, but was not prepared to pay more than £14m for that player. It is Wenger duty now to make the incomplete squad complete with his resources at the club. It will only take one poor performance for all the critics to come out and vent their anger on Wenger’s transfer policy.
It is now time to look at the squad and see what we can achieve, where are our weaknesses and our strengths.
Our forward line has sufficient firepower even if one or two are going through a poor patch. This happens to all strikers, it is a matter of time before Adebayor starts to hit the back of the net. Last season Ade’s poor patch came when our form dipped in the league. Van Persie has got off the mark and looks confident and content once more. Vela came on against Newcastle, but showed quality and confidence in his own abilities. Vela will come good very soon. In reserve we have Eduardo, last season it took him some time to start to score, but once he did he was electric. The club is confident he will be back sooner rather than later, so by November the little Croatian will be back.
The defence was strengthened by the arrival of Silvestre and departure of Senderos. Silvestre, despite being an ex Man U player, has given Wenger security at left back and in the centre of defence. Last season we had to rely upon the hapless Senderos if Toure or Gallas were absent. When Arsene wanted to rest Clichy, he looked at Traore and knew he was too young, raw and inexperienced. Now Wenger has Silvestre to use when he thinks a rest is required by one of the other players.
Midfield was always our major problem and still is. Arsene will need to make use of his squad to the fullest, the slightest weakness, drop of form and a change is required. Vela, Eduardo or van Persie might be employed on the wing. The boss will need to deploy Ramsey, Randall and Gibbs more than he anticipated. The younger players have a big role to play, but the most important thing for Arsenal is fitness. We have a small squad and cannot afford to have players out injured. The sooner Rosicky and Diaby are fit the better. Wenger has immense faith in Eboue’s ability , passing and tackling, this does not resonate with the rest of the fans. Saturday was by far Eboue’s best game in two seasons, but can he reproduce this week in week out.
The way things have gone we are going to rely heavily upon Fabregas, Nasri and Walcott. This is a big onus on three youngsters to carry the team, at least until January, when even Wenger must realise we will need to add to the squad. We need to keep our players fit, injury free until we can bring in more players. We have the ability to do well but how well only time will tell.