See You On The Other Side
This will be my last blog until February as I’m about to embark on a well-earned break. An 8-week jaunt around the world via Phuket, England (and my first home game at the Emirates in 6 years), Orlando (for the little ‘un) and LA (for the grown ups).
By the time I get back home, the January transfer window will be shut, our season will be defined as either a title challenge or the usual scrap for fourth and all of our walking wounded (according to current timetables) will be back, except for Abou Diaby off course.
So, after playing with my crystal balls for 10 minutes and posting my letter to Santa, I’ve come up with my January sales purchases to add to the squad to play Villa on Feb 2nd.
Mats Hummels and Morgan Schneiderlin
This obviously means outlaying a further £30-40 million, but it’s on two players that we desperately need. Also, I fear, Christmas may include the departure of Lukas Podolski, whose Arsenal career seems to be going the same way as a certain Russian.
Mats and Morgan should give the side the defensive balance we need and allow the rest of the midfield the freedom to express themselves, without the need to worry their pretty little heads about defending too much.
We all know the money is there, so spend it already, these players won’t be a waste of the hard earned.
Lukas, unfortunately, is suffering from Arsene Wenger’s ‘want to buy a top quality player, play him out of position and then wonder why it doesn’t work out’. (I am currently lobbying for this action to be added to the next print of the Oxford English Dictionary, as the verb ‘to do an Andrey Arshavin’).
To save his international career, I think the pull of regular football in the Bundesliga will over power his love for The Arsenal and he will wave goodbye to big city lights of London.
Also, even though it’s only one game old, the potential strike partnership of Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck looks like it could be a goer. With Giroud and Welbz interchanging with ease, it appears that they could form a decent understanding and a decent partnership.
With Alexis Sanchez a shoe in for the ‘floating’ role alongside the potential strike partners, the question then is ‘who gets the two remaining ‘attack’ minded midfield slots?’ My theory is that Jack Wilshere gets the nod over Aaron Ramsey as Schneiderlin’s right hand man, leaving a straight shoot out between Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott for the other position. On form it would go to Walcott, on reputation Ozil, in Wenger’s mind, your guess is as good as mine.
As for the rest of the motley crew, here’s hoping they get the kick up the Arse they deserve and are reminded of the honour and responsibility it is the play for The Arsenal, because with the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Santi Cazorla and Ramsey sat on the bench, there are top class internationals champing at the bit to get in on the action
I’ve also asked Santa for one other Christmas gift; a Chel$ki defeat, I don’t care who, where or when, any defeat will do. There can be only one team of Invincibles!
See you on the other side,