With the World Cup finally over, we can at last get back to the really important business of club football and our beloved Arsenal.
The new season is only just over four weeks away and Arsene Wenger has already added Marouane Chamakh and Laurent Koscielny to the squad.
However, with the departures of Senderos, Silvestre, Gallas and possibly Sol Campbell, too, we are still very short of centre backs.
There’s also a possibility that our captain and star player, Cesc Fabregas, will leave although personally I can’t see it happening.
Added to that, there is no definite return date set for Aaron Ramsey, and even when he does return, it will take a long time for him to get back to the level he was at before his horrific injury.
With all of that in mind, we are in need of at least another couple of signings and we then have to factor in our current goalkeeper situation, the lack of backup for Alex Song and Eduardo’s inability to recover fully from his injury so far.
In my opinion, that all points to the possible acquisition of a goalkeeper, another centre back and possibly a midfielder too.
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If I had my choice of goalkeepers at the World Cup, I think I would choose Eduardo from Portugal, but it would appear that he has decided to sign for Genoa in Italy as he was guaranteed first-team football there but Arsenal told him he would have to fight for his place at the club.
Before the tournament, I had thought that Buffon would be an ideal goalkeeper for us as he could play for a few years before Szczesny stepped up to replace him.
However, his injury ended his World Cup in the first game and his wages would probably mean that we couldn’t afford to sign him.
Other than that no goalkeepers at the World Cup impressed me too much at all and I can’t say that I would pick one over the others.
I can say that I wouldn’t like Rob Green to sign for us as he just isn’t good enough although Mark Schwarzer has also been linked, and despite not having a great tournament, he would probably be an improvement on our current goalkeepers and again he wouldn’t hamper the progress of Szczesny long term.
When it comes to defenders I would be quite happy if Arsenal were to sign either of the German central defensive pairing as I think both Mertesacker and Friedrich would fit comfortably enough into our team.
They are both very capable defenders and Mertesacker in particular has the height to offer us a lot more ariel power both offensively and defensively at set pieces.
I think we could get them at a price that wouldn’t break the bank and their wages would be within our price range too.
The biggest problem of course would be to get their clubs to part with them and all that can be done is to place an offer and see how their clubs react.
There are other centre backs that I think would be ideal signings but unfortunately they’re not realistic targets.
I would love to see Lucio or Vidic playing for Arsenal but their clubs would not sell them to us and even if they were prepared to let them go, I don’t think we could outbid Chelsea, Man City, and Real Madrid for their services.
The need for a genuine back up or challenger to Alex Song is also something that needs to be addressed and that’s a position that’s not so easy to fill.
Again I would consider another German player for the role as I thought that Khedira was one of the better players in that role at the World Cup.
He has only a year left on his contract and there are rumours that he paid a trip to Ashburton Grove before the tournament.
It does look like he might be bound for Real Madrid though and again we can’t compete with them when it comes to fees and wages.
A lot of people may have been impressed by the central midfield pairing for Holland, but I would be horrified to see Arsenal even show an interest in either of those two thugs.
The way they kicked their opponents up and down the pitch in every single game was a disgrace and it showed up the poor standard of refereeing that neither of them were sent off during any of their games.
I think our striking options are fairly good but that is dependent on RVP staying fit for most of the season and that has never happened before.
I wouldn’t be averse to signing a wide player who can take on defenders and make things happen and I was impressed with Sanchez of Chile in that department, although he does need to work on his finishing.
It might not be a bad idea to look into the possibility of buying him, as players like him are few and far between in World football at the moment.
Besides all of the above options, I would of course like to see Torres or Drogba and quite a few more sign, too, but again they’re not realistic targets and it would be ridiculous to even consider making an approach for them as we can’t afford either the fees or the wages.
I hope you’ve found a few names of players that you think might do well at Arsenal and we can only leave it in the very capable hands of the boss and hope that he strengthens the squad enough for us to mount an even better challenge than we did last year. Until the next time.
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