Thursday, January 17, 2013

Gunner times

I swore I wouldn't rant (again) about Arsenal but this is just too much.

17 days into the transfer window and despite shifting Chamakh and Djourou out, Le Professeur has still not strengthened the squad. With Pep moving to Bayern, looking fwd to 2014 when Wenger's contract finally ends is also not an option. Sad times to be an Arsenal fan.

Having said that, might not be a bad idea to be out of Europe for just 1 season. I do understand that it means we might not be able to attract the right talent to the club but nothing could help AFC more than winning a trophy. If we don't finish in the Top 4 this season, which looks increasingly likely, we should send a B team to the Europa Cup and groom the likes of Ignasi Miquel, Frimpong, Coquelin, Ramsey, Joel Campbell and Miyaichi. Target for next season should be winning either the FA Cup or Capital One Cup and building a team with strength in depth to finish 4th and qualify for 2015 Champions League.

Our summer strategy
  • Renew contract/Re-sign: Walcott, Sagna
  • Get rid of: Bendtner, Denilson, Diaby, Santos, Manone, Arshavin/Squillaci (out of contract anyway)
  • Get in: Goalkeeper, Left back, Defensive midfielder, Attacking midfielder, Winger, 2nd striker
Preferences would be
  • GK - Benaglia/Vorm
  • LB - L Baines/Urby Emanuelson
  • DMF - Md Diame/Yanga Mbiwa
  • AMF - C Eriksen/Isco
  • Winger - J M Vargas
  • FWD - Fernando Llorente/R Lewandowski/El Sharaawy

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