Apparently we Looked (But We Did Not Find!) REALLY ARSENE??

“If we find the right player to strengthen the squad, we will buy”

“We want to improve our team but we need to find players of better quality then those who are already here and that is difficult”

This is Arsène Wenger, very easy guess.

It’s much harder to get the exact date each of these statements was given as it could be any day since summer 2008, basically.

I am not comfortable with that, at all.

I usually don’t talk about transfers and speculations because we – I mean fans – only get 0.000002% of information about what is really going on behind closed doors, hence I find it quite pointless to discuss (more or less) educated guesses.

This blog doesn’t mean to be just another tedious tirade about how good I would be if in charge of transfers at Arsenal.

I’m not even that good at Football Manager, to be honest, so I miss the very basic knowledge of players’ qualities, skills, prices, availability etc… and I don’t want to compare myself to the mighty ITKs out there.

I am more interested in questions raised by our recent struggles when it’s about strengthening our team: I reckon it was an impossible task to replace Thierry Henry, Gilberto Silva, Robert Pirès or Dennis Bergkamp, but not finding a player good enough to complete our defensive unit?


Finding the next Beckenbauer would be nice…

We didn’t expect any Franz Beckenbauer; we wanted to avoid watching Nacho Monreal at centre-half in a Premier League or Champions League game!

No offence to the Spaniard, who is an excellent left-back and offers great cover (and competition) for Kieran Gibbs, but a Club like the Arsenal should not be forced to transform a left-back into an emergency centre-half overnight.

It sounds wrong and it also sounds silly.

The idea that Arsène Wenger and his scouts are unable to find a player good enough to provide cover to our defenders is impossible to take – for me, at least.

I agree we should always aim to improve our team and not buy for buying’s sake, but we are taking the concept beyond any logic, here.

We should definitely aim to improve the quality of our squad but that should be secondary to our need to have a complete squad.

We went into the current season with only four senior defenders available: seeing our slight tendency to overpopulate our treatment room, going through the first three months of this season without any injury or suspension would have been a pure miracle. Surprise, surprise – it didn’t happen.

We’ve been caught by Mathieu Debuchy’s injury but none involved with the Club could have been surprised by the sudden emergency situation we found ourselves in: we all knew it could happen; we all hoped it wouldn’t happen but that it was a real possibility.

The Arsenal Injury Loop

The Arsenal Injury Loop

Arsène Wenger decided to take a gamble and postpone any new defensive recruitment ’til next January, unfortunately it didn’t pay off.

In recent years I used to think that financial restrictions were the reason behind some failed transfers; I thought we were unable to compete with rival Clubs for this or that player and we had to find some young, unknown guy and ask Arsène Wenger to turn them into class player, but today?

It seems that the issue lies elsewhere; it seems we are actually unable to find players good enough to improve this team – not in terms of quality, which would be somehow understandable – but in terms of numbers.

Arsène Wenger said as much during the last AGM, loud and clear:

“I believe we have done remarkably well on the transfer market. I agree we could have bought one more player, (but) we did not find.”

I would like to hear someone asking the next question:

 “What prevented you to find that one more player?”

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5 Responses to Apparently we Looked (But We Did Not Find!) REALLY ARSENE??

  1. nak October 29, 2014 at 10:50 pm #

    He should have signed Fabregas, Remy and Song. Those three signings would have made a world of a difference. All of them were available.

  2. AndreaR October 30, 2014 at 6:17 am #

    Hi Nak, thanks for your comment.
    We are short at the back, not up front, hence I would have preferred to see Arsène Wenger moving for another defender.
    Song is the answer to a question none has ever raised, if he ended up at West Ham (with all due respect) there must be a reason. He had one good game, don’t get carried away by that.

    About the Catalan guy, well…I believe this team is built around Özil and I back Mesut to show his true class once he’s back from injury.

    Let’s hope something will happen in January, I am pretty sure it will.


  3. MalaysianGooner October 30, 2014 at 3:52 pm #

    Nice article. Totally agree with you.

    I think Wenger should have kept Carl Jenkinson in the squad instead of loaning him out. Look how well he is performing at West ham currently.

    Alex Song while not totally convincing, I still think he can do a job in midfield. At least he provides muscle and won’t be bullied by opponents. Aggression is something which we are lacking nowadays.

  4. MalaysianGooner October 30, 2014 at 4:04 pm #

    Should have kept Carl Jenkinson in the squad instead of loaning him out.

    He’s currently playing quite well for West Ham. Don’t mind having Alex Song back. He at least provides muscle and won’t be easily bullied by opponents.

    Cesc is looking good but that ship has sailed. I still back Ozil to rise up and shine bright again soon.

  5. AndreaR October 30, 2014 at 5:19 pm #

    Thanks for your comment MalaysianGooner, I appreciate you liked my blog.
    I must say I am not 100% sure about Alex Song, despite his good form in our last season at the Emirates.
    He has power, of course, but in my opinion he lacks focus and dedication when it’s up to defending – hence I’m afraid he wouldn’t do the job in front of the back four.
    Anyway, he is a WHUF player now – we shouldn’t worry too much about him.

    Let’s wait and see if Arsène Wenger’s quest brings some additional names in winter, it would be very welcome I guess.

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