Following Sunday’s final submission of any hope of a title run in, you could tell in Arsene Wenger’s eyes that 3 seasons of falling away in the last quarter of the season had finally taken its toll on the Frenchman.
They say the only way to start therapy is to admit there is a problem in the first place. I think now Wenger has finally admitted to himself that maybe things weren’t quite right.
The players, he believed would prove ‘project youth’ to be right and true, had succumbed again to a last minute panic. Arsenal had passed Bolton to death but, as has happened too many times this season, all that precision hadn’t led to the required bulge in the net.
The team, he set-up to allow Cesc Fabregas to display his undoubted talents, had finally shown that it was to the detriment of others, and that all the youthful exuberance and skill needed to be complimented with experience and good old grit and determination.
Don’t get me wrong, this is in no way an anti Wenger rant. The Frenchman knows the way and a damn sight more than I will ever know. However, maybe the Frenchman now realises that all is needed is a slight realignment!!!
So, with that all being said, here is my humble opinion. I believe we need 4 players and a slight tweak to our current formation to compliment ‘project youth’ and push the team into becoming serious title contenders.
To play alongside Thomas Vermaelen. The German is a tall, no nonsense, imposing defender, who can bring calm and resolve to our defence, as well as cure our unbelievable weakness both defensively and offensively at set-pieces. Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka are other options, but even if you have the money would you want to spend £25m on either?!
The Argentine is struggling to hold down a place in Barça’s first-team. Mascherano knows the Premiership inside out and would add that desperately needed steel to a predominately lightweight Arsenal midfield.
Probably the world’s worst kept secret. Arsene Wenger has tracked this kid for the past 3 seasons, and I think it’s about time we stumped up the cash before City or Chelski flash the millions and steal football’s most prestigious talent from under our nose.
This would prove real intent by the new owner and be a coup of monumental proportions. Given Ronaldo’s ego, Benzema’s resurgence and able backup from Ade ‘IdleBarnDoor’ and Kaka, Jose may be tempted by a substantial offer this summer. Most importantly, this would give Arsenal an out and out goal-scorer, something we’ve been craving since Ian Wighty left.
So, this would leave the Arsenal starting line-up for 2011/12 as:
Sagna Vermarlen Mertesacker Clichy
(2 of) Cesc Nasri Wilshere
Hazard Higuaín RVP
The bench would read as seven from; Fabianski, Mannone, Koscielny, JoDjo, Gibbs, Rambo, Song, Diaby, Theo, Arshavin, Chamakh.
Plus, with the arrival of Wellington Silva and Ryo Miyaichi (visa’s permitting) and the emergence of players such as JET, Frimpong and Afobe, we wouldn’t miss the likes of Eboue, Denilson and (Big Time) Bendtner, now, would we?
I know a lot of you will say Championship Manager is a great world to live in, but these transfers are possible and just maybe, might be the ones to perform the revitalisation required to take The Arsenal to the next level and back to The Invincibles.
Well there you have it another Gooner telling Arsene what he should do!! Not really, just all hail the Internet to allow a fan who is as frustrated as Wenger to be able to ramble on and ‘just put it out there’.
We’re in hell right now gentlemen. Believe me. And our only two options are as followed – stay down there and get the sh*t kicked out of us, or fight our way back into the light and climb out of this hell.
Written By Steve Wellman at the excellent Gunnersphere