Can Wenger get Gunners firing again?

by Gary Taylor

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

So, after a summer of long-winded speculation, Samir Nasri finally looks to be completing his £23million move to the Etihad Stadium.

As an Arsenal fan, I don’t begrudge him. If I was offered the chance to double my salary and have a very strong chance of winning some silverware, I wouldn’t pass up the opportunity.

It was hardly a sign of ambition selling your talisman and captain to Barcelona, regardless of how much he sulked and wanted to go.

But then spending £15million on 17-year-old Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is not the way to appease the demanding fans, let alone a player looking for some assurances that he will be in contention for trophies come May.

Arsenal could have coped, just about, without Fabregas but the man who was set to fill his role has also jumped the sinking ship at the Emirates and one wonder what Arsene Wenger will do now.

Fans, pundits, even housewives will all be asking why Wenger did not bring anyone in to replace the out-going players before selling them just weeks before the end of the transfer window.

Juan Mata was very keen to move to London and he his dreams have been realised… by Chelsea in a £26million deal.
Yet again, Arsenal pay the price for dragging their feet in the transfer market.

Wenger’s squad is desperately thin and being stretched to the absolute limit in the opening month of the season.
Defeat in against Udinese in their Champions League qualifier would be a disaster and a big hindrance when it comes to attracting players in the final days of the transfer window.

A monsoon of names have been linked with Arsenal over the summer including Gary Cahill, Chris Samba, Per Mertersacker, Scott Dann, Eden Hazard and Kaka just to name a few.
But of all those players, Phil Jagielka is the only one who has been pursued, albeit with a pitiful £10m bid, which in today’s inflated market is just obscene.
Things are getting desperate for Wenger and Arsenal now so much so to that they will just about be able to field a team against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday, what with injuries and suspension.

If I was Wenger, I would demand the board to stop penny-pinching and put the £50m+ from the sales of Fabregas and Nasri to use instead of letting it gather dust.
My targets would be Scott Parker, a lion heart of a midfielder which Arsenal are in desperate need of.

A £20m+ bid for Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka to test cash-strapped Everton’s resolve and shore up the defence. And another £20m bid for Lille’s Belgian whizz-kid Eden Hazard.

All these players, alongside the likes of Robin van Persie, Jack Wilshere and Thomas Vermaelen, would improve the Arsenal team dramatically and could well save Arsene Wenger his job come the end of the season.

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  • Darren

    Cahill done deal, so my sources tell me, although this same source also said that Wenger Titus Bramble was having a medical at the Emirates a few weeks back. Saying that, he;s better than Squacli!

    Baines & Jag, yes please, Makes sense, they need the money, we need the players, lets do business Mr Moyes and we’ll even throw in Bendtner

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