Arsenal Transfer Rumors: Fans Must Forget Transfers, Focus on Task at Hand

Samuel MensahAnalyst IJanuary 31, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 22:  Robin van Persie of Arsenal (R) celebrates with Theo Walcott (L)and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (C) as he scores their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on January 22, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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The Arsenal team is hurting.  The fans are hurting even more.  There is never just a quick fix though. 

It is true that things need to be addressed and Arsene Wenger should have a lot to answer for.

These things being: Why was his promise of bringing world-class talent at the beginning of the transfer window never a reality? 

Why did he wait so long to replace players who had already stated they were leaving?  Why did he buy Ju-Young Park?

Of course, nothing can be done about the past, but fans are screaming for things to be done now to change the future. 

Many fans believe Arsenal's recent league slump could have been avoided if Wenger had purchased or loaned at least one full back after losing four to injury throughout the course of the season.

Some may have a point, but the damage is done and now we must look at what is coming ahead of us.

Wenger will soon see the bulk of his injury crisis returning back to full-time work.  Already Bacary Sagna and Mikel Arteta are back and ready to play in the first team.

However, Kieran Gibbs will still be out trying to gain fitness, and the likes of Andre Santos, Carl Jenkinson, Abou Diaby and Jack Wilshere are still weeks and months away from ever playing first team football.

Perhaps the fans are right.  Arsenal do need another full back, perhaps on loan, and maybe even another striker.  The stats do not lie. 

Robin van Persie has scored 19 goals in the league; the next player with the highest tally after him is Gervinho with four. 

Marouane Chamakh has been woeful; who's to say he and Gervinho will not be knackered when they return from duty in the African Nations Cup?

However, who can Arsenal really be expected to get in the January transfer window?  Which team would want to give up their prized assets midway through a season?

If so, expect to pay over the odds for a player we can get much cheaper in the summer.  January transfers aren't always worth it.  Especially for strikers.  They need time to bed in. 

Look at what happened to Fernando Torres and Andy Carroll.  It doesn't bare thinking about.

I agree Arsenal may be in need of one or two players if they are going to catch Chelsea and get into the top four. 

If Van Persie gets injured, it's totally over for Arsenal.  We will fail and he will leave in the summer.

The Van Persie to Barcelona rumour mill is already in circulation.  Better yet, why not look up north for an easier transition for the most in form striker in England, if not the world?

Yet, there is air for optimism if Van Persie can survive until the end. 

It was after that famous defeat by Man United that Arsenal's fixture list became slightly easier and they were able to embark on a decent run of results.

The fans just need to forget these dream-like transfers that only happen in computer games.

Take the next three games: Bolton, Blackburn and Sunderland.  Arsenal should be looking to take nothing but nine points from those games. 

After that we have the North London derby, which could go either way, though Spurs are the favourites. 

After that there are tough games, but if Arsenal can look to not lose those, then momentum could take them past the Liverpool and Man City games with only minimal damage.

Wenger should never have allowed it to come to this; we have seen extremely bad management in my opinion.  But there is a light that never goes out.  A window of opportunity. 

Now that this dreaded window is over, we must rally together to get the best out of the team. Otherwise, we, the fans, will be the team's biggest hurdle and nobody will leave happy.


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