Most of us are hoping for one more quality addition. Let us not make the mistake to think the boss is not looking at who is, or could become, available out there. He likes a bargain and to get one, timing is crucial. The paradox is that the nearer we get to the end of the transfer window the bigger the chance we will end up with a player: a little time left is much better than a lot. It is much easier to catch a mouse when its backside is against the wall. And wouldn’t it be great if the transfer window lasted just 48 hours twice a year?
The club knows which players are available and which clubs need to balance the books, but as long as there is time left in the transfer window, negotiation power is with the seller rather than the buyer; and on the last day this changes dramatically. However, it is not without risk and we could end up with nothing or a second/third choice option.
As per 17HT’s last post, it is crucial to only add a player who fills a gap, or increases the overall quality of the team. Shop therapy is not for Arsene and we can consider ourselves lucky that he has this attitude. It is all about balance and our squad is really good as it is: only something special will improve it.
The one big strength – our USP- we have to offer is ‘growth from within’. Nobody else in the top six comes anywhere near us in this respect. And as we have seen in the past with the likes of Ajax and Barcelona, growing a team based around a strong philosophy and the right mix of talent and experience can be a fantastic formula for positioning a team at the very top for a long period.
Arsene has only been able to keep his best players for a few years now. I don’t think it is a coincidence that we have won a couple of FA cups, and two Charity Shields from our oil-doped rivals, in the same period.
Seeing Coquelin and Bellerin come through to the top team is something that most of us enjoy. Yet, it is something that very few top clubs try out anymore. Arsene now builds his team on the basis of growing the team from within, for which he is prepared to take a bit of risk, and add experience quality when required – the Monreal and Debuchys of recent years – and occasionally the world class that becomes available… Ozil, Alexis, and yes, Cech!
It is great that we will be able to see this new Arsene revolution unfold in front of us and that we support a club that can do this. We can expect to see him build further on a very good core team which is on average young enough to grow further to one or more levels in the next few years.
I am not sure whether we will see any up and coming players come through this season. Having had two progressing last season, it is unlikely to be repeated for a while. And with Arsene letting so many of the youngsters go on loan this season seems to support this.
The one who still has not gone out on loan as far as I know, but was linked with a loan move to Glasgow Rangers this week, and who could be this season’s breakthrough youngster for me, is Zelalem. I don’t think he will have an impact like Coquelin or Bellerin had last season, but he could definitely add something to our team. I reckon it is time to give him more time in our Arsenal first team. With Wilshere and Rosicky regularly injured and Ozil needing a rest now and again, I reckon the young German-American should get an opportunity to show us what he has got. He might almost be as exciting as a brand new signing… almost! 😉
So my tip to make progress from within our team is Gedion; but what do you think fine fellow Gooners?
Written by: TotalArsenal.