Will Wenger Go English?
The transfer has finally opened and we all wait with baited breath for the arrival of new players to invigorate our squad and bring home trophies. Could Wenger break with tradition and focus his transfer targets on the domestic market?
Wenger has rarely bought English players and those he has have not for one reason or another been successful. Jermaine Pennant, Matthew Upson, Richard Wright and Francis Jeffers make up the unfortunate English quartet.
This summer Wenger needs to put the past behind him and take a look at some English players. We have long been talked about lacking an English backbone; people have said we lack the fight that only English players can bring.
Arsene needs to look at Robert Green, Steve Taylor or David Wheater and Gareth Barry. Add these players to Theo Walcott and the emerging Jack Wilshere and Kieran Gibbs and we have a large English nucleus.
Robert Green would be a good acquisition, he is a good goalkeeper at the right age and ready to launch hi England career. It is better to buy him now whilst the price is low and he is refusing to sign a new contract, rather than wait for a year and see the likes of Chelsea come in and offer silly money for him.
In Steve Taylor we could acquire a centre back that has the ability and acumen to become a leader, not just of his club but a potential England captain. Taylor is a solid player who will never let us down. Failing him, we can look down the road to David Wheater who has fast established himself as a rock and Middlesbrough. People will argue why buy players from relegated clubs, well these two are exceptions and both the North East clubs can postulate as much as they want, but they need to sell to survive and we need to pounce early.
The final English player is Gareth Barry. A long term target for Liverpool, but they look like keeping Alonso and have moved to other targets. Barry has made it clear he wants Champions League football, and this summer is probably his last opportunity to move to a top four club. He will fight and help us grind out results.
This summer Wenger needs to make it English and change the spine of the team. Purchasing Barry, Green and Taylor will completely changer the dynamics of the squad and it will be for the best.