Many fans have no doubt waited with bated breathe for the promised player Arsene pledged to sign before the window closed. And all the more so because he wanted to sign a midfielder, a department where we have seen Flamini, Gilberto and Hleb leave, with Ramsey and Nasri joining us. There is no doubt about the skill and potential of both Ramsey and Nasri, only the issue of having a “midfield enforcer” in the squad led fans to cry out for a Yaya Toure, Gareth Barry or even Xabi Alonso. Views differ on who should be signed, but the consensus is that we needed an experienced holding midfielder to provide steel for Fabregas and our back four.
Many have been left disappointed when the promised transfer failed to materialize, with some even going the extreme of saying we would fail again this season without the reinforcement. I for one was one of those disappointed, but I would still keep faith in our squad. Why, some may ask. Let me elaborate.
The past week have seen Arsenal thump the Magpies 3-0, with an awfully impressive performance by Robin Van Persie, scoring 2 goals before hobbling off with another injury. The official news is that its just bruising, and he’ll join up with the Dutch squad for the coming international. Some positive news from the physio, Eduardo is making progress ahead of schedule, Rosicky’s on track with his recovery and Diaby should be available soon. Coupled with the debut of Vela and the return of Song from the Olympics, we have quite a squad to choose from.
No doubt along the season we will see injuries and suspensions hit our squad, and hopefully for once this season we’ll have better luck with injuries. But I foresee that if any deficiencies in the squad will be exposed along the season, Arsene might just dip into the transfer window in January to try and cover up those. Afterall, Arsenal were leading the league in January last season before the end season slump occurred and we lost the title.
Our squad have pretty much picked up where they left off last season, playing quick, fast flowing attacking football. We will see this season who amongst Diaby, Denilson, Song or even Ramsey is capbable of filling the void of a midfield enforcer. But I am certain that if there is a need to buy a new midfielder in January, Arsene will do his part and make his move.