Arsene missing the transfer boat?

It’s been a busy close-season transfer window for Arsenal. While the acquisitions of Giroud, Podolski and Cazorla have been encouraging, already the window is starting to acquire a tinge of that familiar old feeling: disappointment.

While the somewhat acrimonious loss of Van Persie was predictable and has now been largely accepted, the departure of Alex Song was less expected and clear cut. While club ‘insiders’ have been planting seeds of doubt as to Song’s commitment to the Arsenal cause, particularly in training, he has been a key member of the squad for the past few seasons, building his influence from midfield and last season contributing a significant number of assists. Yes there were further problems; he wasn’t really acting as a defensive screen, and there were rumoured to be contract grumbles. However selling yet another key player without a top-quality replacement brings back fears of repeating transfer-window shambles we’ve seen in the past.

In all honesty I’d have been happy with our transfer work, even the loss of Song, had Wenger managed to acquire a quality replacement like Nuri Sahin. A truly gifted midfield passer, our interest was concrete yet Arsenal lost out to Liverpool – a club not even in the Champions League. It’s been alleged that Liverpool’s bid gained preference because of Brendan Rodgers good relationship with Jose Mourinho, Sahin’s coach at Real Madrid, and it’s a reminder that Arsene’s sometimes standoffish character can come back to bite him in his transfer activity. But now the Sahin ship has sailed, and not for the first time.

Much as with Cazorla, this isn’t the first time Sahin has been available so why are we so slow to react? Sahin, the youngest player in Bundesliga history when he made his debut, left Borussia Dortmund for around £10million last season. A snip, and while we may not have been able to compete with Real Madrid for appeal surely it was worth a go? Cazorla meanwhile moved to Malaga after his club Villareal were relegated, and while Malaga’s new financial issues meant they had to sell we could have been enjoying his considerable skills for a year longer if we had jumped in. Now the Permier League flavour of the month, the exquisitely skilful and powerful Moussa Dembele of Fulham, is likely to move and we are nowhere to be seen. Why aren’t we competing for these high calibre players when there’s a slot in midfield and they are available?

For me it seems as though stubbornness, in persisting with what we’ve got, and simply being off the pace in the transfer market, is putting our ability to get anything from the coming season at risk.

Joel is a Gooner and writes for Powerleague, the leader for 5 a side in London.

7 Responses to Arsene missing the transfer boat?

  1. anonymous August 30, 2012 at 7:59 am #

    Cazorla left 2 seasons ago,Villareal got relegated only the end of last season, get your facts right!!!

  2. chris August 30, 2012 at 8:06 am #

    We should have bought Parker and Cahill and Enrique (not Santos) when we had the chance. All went for not huge money to close rivals. Meanwhile, this whole unwinding of the Wenger grand plan is bound to take time. Any confirmation of more deadwood going or are they hanging onto their over inflated wage packets at good old Arsenal ?

  3. Indian gooner August 30, 2012 at 8:13 am #

    We should be happy that Sahin didn't join us…We would have ended up paying 100% of his wages and a loan fee and the total fee would be around 7-10 million and he would have gone back to Real to replace Xabi Alonso in midfield. We are not a Europa League team…We are champions league regulars and Premier League Contenders…They are so many other midfield options rather than concentrating on Sahin.

  4. stani2008@bigpond.com August 30, 2012 at 8:18 am #

    Wenger should have put the skids under Walcott weeks ago and avoided yet another melodrama with a would be prima donna. 2012/13 objective will be the same as previous years, make the top four.

  5. austmanic@gmail.com August 30, 2012 at 9:58 am #

    I can understand the disappointment at missing out on Dembele as he is absoloutle quality. Sahin though? We couldn't compete with the lure of Real Madrid as we did bid for him but I think that we've done the right thing by backing out of the loan deal. Liverpool have paid £10 million for a player on a one year loan! That is just rediculous.

  6. Indian gooner August 30, 2012 at 9:58 am #

    I feel that we might be the dark horses in the Premier league this Season. Going by the performance of the defence, Steve Bould has bought much needed defensive stability and once the co-ordination at the front clicks, everyone will take AFC seriously. Rosicky and Wilshere will be back by mid-october and the same goes for Sagna. We are now a team without superstars but performing individuals and besides we have a good enough bench strength and as for a striker, we need to look back at the 2009-10 season, where cesc was the top scorer with 15 goals and 5 players chipped in with 5 goals and more. So if we share the goal scoring responsibilites among the whole team, we should be optimistic about challenging for the Premier League and as well as ending our domestic trophy draught

  7. Nik August 31, 2012 at 5:15 am #

    we need not get too upset about sahin or song. Song was a defensive liability and Sahin @10 million loan is just not worth it…if the players we have stay fit and the strike gel quickly we are going to be the surprise title contenders !! 🙂

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