So here we are, TOTL of the league and still standing after four grueling games. The boys have done us proud to get nine out of twelve points, especially given the large number of midfielders missing. There is not a team in the country that would not like to have fully fit Wilshere, Alexis, Coquelin, Cazorla and Rosicky on their bench. Yet we managed to do without all of these on the pitch or available on the bench and got more points than all our competitors.
It sounds like the mini-hulk will be back imminently and that really will be like a new signing, but better, as Alexis will hit the ground running from the start. We know that Santi and Francis are out for one or two more months at least, and none of us have a clue when we will see Jack or Tomaz back in red and white on the pitch again. So getting reinforcements now is the prudent thing to do.
It looks like Elneny will join us but it remains to be seen whether the club will be allowed to play him anytime soon. Even so, it looks like he will be back up for Flamini and eventually Le Coq. Elneny is still young (23) but old enough to make an immediate impact if required. I reckon he and Le Coq will compete for the DM role without any of the two feeling badly done to if they are regularly on the bench. Flamini’s contract will run out this summer so after that the Egyptian and Frenchman will be the two main choices for the deeper DM role. Will we buy another DM during January? I don’t think so, but Wenger might surprise us when we least expect it.
It is time to let the Ox go on loan as to proof himself ‘out in the wild’. Campbell’s recent rise to the fore might mean that Wenger is less worried about getting another mid-winger, but if good offers come his way he might bite. For our goals we have been heavily reliant on Giroud and Alexis, with Ozil and Theo also contributing. Rambo has been close to scoring goals many times in every game but as yet they are just not going in. So my guess is that Wenger will look at a decent to good attacker around 23-25 years old with real potential, and yet experienced enough to add goals rather sooner than later.
I have a feeling – or is that a desire 🙂 – we will see Wenger try out Alexis- Giroud -Theo in some games but for this he will need more fire power on the bench in case of injury or fatigue. Campbell is a good option to have and maybe Wenger sticks with Ox till the end of the season, but if he can find a really good mid-winger with goals in him he might just go for it.
With regards to transfers I tend to have low expectations. I really think Wenger will be looking but as always business will be done on his terms and against the club’s principles. Given the recent transfer fiascoes at the Manchester clubs, Chavs etc, I reckon we should trust Arsene to spend the money wisely. We have a very good team and squad which makes adding the right player not easy; it is also important that we bare in mind that adding players may have an adverse effect on the team and their performances if we don’t get it right, especially when this is done mid-season.
So, fine fellow Gooners, who should we buy in January and why/ and what do you predict will actually happen this month?