The Transfer Debate Starts Now
Headline news, Wenger will not buy anyone in the summer, whilst another newspaper said Kroenke gives Wenger a £40 million war chest.
The truth is that no manager should reveal his hand in the transfer market in advance, especially when you require your existing players to deliver silverware. As for the sum of our so called war chest, we have always been rumoured to have had a £40 million war chest, it is Wenger who has never wanted to spend anything.
As for summer transfers, it is obvious to all that we need strengthening in two or three key areas.
We need to add a quality, world class centre-back. The Toure / Gallas rift is not good for the team and I expect Gallas to leave in the summer once he is fit. This leaves Silvestre, Djourou and Nordveit as the players to partner Toure. Silvestre is too slow for top Premiership football, his transfer was a baffling one and one that has cost us dearly this season. Djourou is a good player, has all the attributes to become a top defender. The only problem is relying upon him and Toure alone is a recipe for disaster. Nordveit is young and untested at the top level, his development has not been as fast as Wenger would have liked. For this reason a top class centre back is the main priority for this summer. In addition Wenger needs to look for a versatile defender who can provide cover anywhere along the back.
The other area is central midfield. Denilson does a job, but he does not create enough, he is a latter day David Hillier no more no less. Diaby can turn into the midfield giant we all crave for, but Wenger’s reluctance to play him in a central midfield role and his inability to stay free from injuries for more than three weeks, leads me to the conclusion that Diaby will always be a bit part player at Arsenal. Song has developed into a better player than Flamini over the last few weeks. The question is can he maintain this form over the course of a season. Again do we wish to go into another season with Fabregas plus lots of hopes and promises or do we invest in the finished article.
As to whether we need another striker depends upon what happens to Adebayor and van Persie. There are always stories about AC Milan and Adebayor, and to be frank if AC Milan offered us £15 million for Adebayor there wil lbe a queue of fans offering to drive him to Milan. As for van Persie, this all depends upon whether he signs a new contract. The Dutchman has talked about Arsenal matching his ambitions, before he commits to a new contract, the real question is does he meet our standards? If Wenger was forced into selling these two, then the money should be invested in the finished article that can be either Eto’o or David Villa.
What Arsene must realise and accept is that without major investment in two or three established players, we will never be a club that challenges for the major honours. Look at the difference Arshavin has made, an experienced player will brig the younger players on quicker and with less anguish.