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Arsenal boss faces up to a £10m transfer dilemma

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FanCast guest columnist
Jude
McGovern

feels that Wenger should make amends for his failings and take a £10m risk for
the sake of success this season

I often wonder whether it is just coincidence that
Arsenal has failed to pick up any silverware since Patrick Viera's departure
from the club. Don't get me wrong, Wenger made the right decision to sell the
Frenchman when he did, given the half hearted performances that were on show,
but his subsequent failure to replace him ever since with a player of equal ability, has left me somewhat
bemused.

As we have seen it has not been the want of trying
and many players have tried to come in alongside Fabregas and provide the ideal
foil for the Spaniard. Gilberto, Diaby, the list is endless and it was only when
Mathieu Flamini was given the opportunity last season that finally Wenger had
seemed to find the correct combination. It is a grave shame that this promising
partnership was short lived, given the player was dictated by the lining of his
wallet oppose to the chances of probable success, but his departure has once
again left a gaping hole and one that Arsene failed to address this summer.

I have a huge amount of respect for the Frenchman
and what he has achieved and appreciate his willing to give youth a chance at
the football club, but I can't help feel this has been an oversight of mass
proportions. We look totally vulnerable in midfield, leaving our defence
woefully exposed and we invite the opposition to attack us. It has subsequently
meant that Fabregas has been forced to play a lot deeper than we and he would
otherwise have liked and that is why Wenger must address the issue of a holding
midfielder come January.

In the past week alone the club has been linked with
Yaya Toure, Xabi Alonso and only this morning with Standard Liege's Steve
Defour. All three certainly possess the type of qualities that our midfield are
crying out for, but I ask the question as to whether Wenger will hold his hands
up, admit he was wrong and rectify this weakness or continually persist with
what we have got and hope that either Denilson or Song will come good. I
believe that Wenger will be making a huge risk if he follows the latter route,
given (what I believe) the importance of this season to bring some silverware
to the football club.

Another season of failure will only see the likes of
Fabregas, Adebayor and Van Persie's consider their futures which could see us
embroiled in a summer much the same as last where we are losing key experienced
components to our team – is it worth the risk for the sake of a £8-10m outlay?

 

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