First of all, great news that Dennis is finally getting a statue outside our stadium. The most sensible thing the club has done in a long while! 🙂
One of the most heard sentences by fellow Gooners, and indeed almost all ‘big football club’ fans, is that our/their club only need to buy two more quality players in order to become a force to be reckoned with again.
During the last two seasons, Arsenal bought a lot more than two players, but we also let a number of star players depart. As a result, adding two or more players did not have the desired effect, as the gaps left by the likes of Fabregas, Song and Van Judas needed to be filled before any additional progress could be made. Rather than making progress, Arsene is now constantly trying to get back to where we were at the end of the previous season.
This has to stop, and there are now good signs that Arsenal will be able to hold on to their key players, for at least two to three seasons. With this in mind, the theory that adding two or three quality players will move our team to the very top again, might have some merit.
I say ‘might’, as there are no guarantees, and there are plenty of examples of where this theory has not worked out.
Real Madrid famously decided to try and conquer the might of their fiercest rivals Barcelona, by spending around £300m in one summer on the likes of Benzema, Ronaldo and Kaka, etc. Despite yesterday’s humiliating defeat of Barca, and winning the Spanish League last season, it is fair to say that Real have been unable to stop the Catalans being top dog in Spanish football over the last five years or so.
Chelsea added £80m worth of players in 2012, and that after just ‘winning’ the CL cup, and yet they did not even progress from their CL group and are, just like us, not going to win the league yet again. And then there is Liverpool, who allowed Dalglish to spend £100m in order for the club to make the final move upwards… The rest is history.
I have little doubt that Arsene will get at least a couple more players this summer to improve the squad. However, I am a big believer that ultimately it will be a single individual who will make the real difference again at Arsenal. Dennis Bergkamp’s arrival helped Arsenal to gradually become an all-round better team, and to slightly lesser extent, Sol Campbell North-London move from the dark side to the home of good football, had a significant impact as well.
I believe that gradually, Wilshere will be the player with whom we will move to the very top again. The likes of Ox, Gibbs, Theo, Nacho, Cazorla, Podolski and Szczesny are likely to add further quality to the first team. The squad needs strengthening in one or two central defensive areas (defence and midfield), we also could do with a top class striker, and a top quality winger would also not go amiss. Wenger will no doubt develop one or two players into the above mentioned positions, but is also likely to buy a couple of quality players over the coming summer.
But this is not just a matter of buying players for particular positions; we also need to look for certain characteristics.
The one player who is to make a big difference needs to be of special quality; technically and tactically. He also needs to add leadership and steel to our first team, and have the drive and motivation to help move this team to the very top. He also needs to fit like a glove into Arsene/Arsenal’s philosophy of football.
It does not necessary need to be a superstar, but just the right player to join us now and who is simply the missing piece in the Wilshere-Wengerball jigsaw.
Who do you think this special player could be, and why?
I have some ideas of who this might be, and I will share these with you in the next 24 hours or so. But I don’t want to steer the debate too much for now.
Over to you, fine fellow Gooners! 🙂
Written by: Total Arsenal.