Football FanCast guest columnist Will Carter feels that Wenger should swallow his pride and move for midfield
When Cesc Fabregas came out in midweek and questioned the lack of experience
within the squad, I'm guessing most Arsenal supporters were nodding in
agreement. Quite why Wenger has chosen to ignore such an important component to
any successful side beggar's belief and it has certainly left a sour taste in
my mouth. The Frenchman honestly couldn't see the obvious shortfalls in the
squad last year, notably the lack of leadership within the team and has
obviously forgotten what is required to win a title. Would the 98, 02 and 04
team surrendered a 5pt lead with 10 games to go – not with the experience those
Don't get me wrong this is not a Blog of which I intend to spend the whole
time ranting and criticising Wenger, because I have a huge respect for the man
and the way he has transformed my beloved club. I have a huge admiration and
understanding for what he is trying to achieve at Arsenal. Wenger is clearly
trying to prove to the whole football world that you can win titles on the
smallest of budgets by simply putting faith in youth. I fear it has become
something of an obsession with Arsene and his sole determination to prove it
right, I feel, is clouding his judgment.
I'm sure Fabregas words didn't sit well with Wenger, who is probably sick to
the back teeth of team's open courting of the media, but I just wonder with
Cesc's outburst whether it may cause the ‘professor'
to reconsider his options come January. The lack of leadership and drive in
midfield has been apparent all season and although we got away with it this
afternoon, I do feel at times over the course of the year we will come unstuck.
We all know Wenger can be stubborn man at time, but he should realise that
Arsenal fans couldn't care less if we had a whole team of 35yr olds as long as
we are winning trophies.
A great deal has been debated on Arsenal forums and sites as to who the club
should bring in to complement Cesc and its fair to say the views are mixed. We
have those who are touting for Veloso, many favours a move for Yaya Toure and
there has been a large call for Xabi Alonso to come in and join up with his
international teammate – all good players, but do they honestly bring with them
the experience we so desperately need?
I honestly believe that the player we need to bring to the football club is
the very man who many predicted that Flamini was going to Milan to replace in Gennarao Gattuso.
The Italian for me is top class and everything our team is currently missing.
At 31, come January, it's fair to say that the Italian's career is certainly on
the wane, but he certainly has at least another two or three seasons at the
very top. He would certainly be an excellent short term measure and you sense
he would jump at the chance of the challenge in England, given how
complimentary he has been of the Premier League in the past. Gattuso would
certainly be cheap, which will no doubt appeal to the ever prudent Wenger and
you wouldn't think it would take more than £5m to tempt the Italian to North
London. I really believe that experienced head in the middle is all that is
missing and I just hope that Arsene wakes up to that fact come January.
Would Gattuso be a good move for Arsenal or should they be looking