No New Faces But We Can Still Be Champions
The window has shut and once again Arsenal fans are left scratching their heads. Where has our team re-building gone, were we really that close to success last season that we did not need to add to our squad?
Arsene said, after the purchase of Vermaelen that he would like two more players in before pre-season training starts. He then intimated that once Adebayor leaves, then Chamakh is a target.
Rumours and stories had us link with Hangeland, Chamakh, Melo, van der Vaart and Matuidi. In the end we did not buy anyone. Some stories state we were not prepared to pay the extra £7million to secure both Chamakh and Matuidi. We had offered £5million for Chamakh and £6million for Matuidi, their clubs wanted £10million and £8million respectively. If this is true this is very short-sighted on the club’s part.
If Arsene thought two players would have made the difference to the squad, then £7million is nothing when you consider that we sold Toure and Adebayor for £40million and only invested £10million in Vermaelen, there is still £30million in the coffers.
At the end of the day no matter what we read or hear, Arsene is the boss when it comes to the transfers at Arsenal, he is given a budget and supplements it with sales and he decides the value of players not the board. Arsene has opted not increase the bids for Chamakh and Matuidi not the board.
It appears that Arsene is convinced that the squad is right, he believes that the players have matured and learnt from the last two years and with a bit tweaking in terms of tactic the current squad is capable of brining the elusive silverware to the Emirates.
The key to success this season are injuries. We need to keep key players fit or try to avoid injuries to key players at the same time. The start has been promising and we have the personnel to challenge this season. There will be countless knockers this season claiming we are one dimensional, the squad is too thin and too young; but look at how we have started and this gives me cause to be confident.