This is the frustrating month for true Gooners, with only one week remaining before the 2009-2010 EPL season starts.
Arsene Wenger maintains that he is not rushing to buy new players. He believes the current crop of players can challenge the other big three and win trophies. We have been fed by many rumours about those potential players being linked to Arsenal but only to be disappointed when we hear that AW has not launched any serious approaches for the players.
Gooners will agree with me that the exit of Adebayor and Kolo Toure will not be a big blow to the team if Wenger can use the cash he has prudently. Arsenal does not require to spend a fortune to replace the duo and strengthen the team.
Last season the performance of Adebayor was awful. He lost crucial chances and his attitude was poor—it is good he left. Kolo Toure has achieved a lot with the Gunners, but his performance had drastically gone down.
Evaluating last season's performance, it becomes obvious that the defense and central midfield was the weakest points in the team that caused us a trophy.
Thus Gooners expected Wenger to have utilized the current transfer period by signing one proven defensive midfielder and one tough tackling defender who is strong in the air.
However, the economist secretly procured a faster deal to acquire Thomas Vermaelen from Ajax, a player who will take time to acquaint himself to the physical Premier League play.
The current Gunners defense is vulnerable, it cannot provide cover consistently throughout the long season. Gallas and Clichy are injured, inexperienced Gibbs, Djorou and awful Silvestre are the remaining options in the defense.
Arsenal has options in the striking force with Asharvin, Eduardo, Walcott, Van Persie, and Bendtner.
The injuries to Rosicky and Nasri are manageable, therefore Wenger should have moved faster to sign Hangeland, who is used to the EPL's physical game, and try to play him with Vermallin before the new season begins.
The Fulham manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed that Wenger has not contacted them about a Hangeland deal. AW admitted that the team lacks the strength of the invincibles, thus he must sign new players.
However to date Wenger is relaxed, wallowing in the belief that his youth policy will bring trophies. Why is he waiting until the potential targets like Hangeland becomes ineligible to play in the Champions League before he signs him? Arshavin proved last year that proven players can deliver—he is a good example to the professor of economies.
The Premier League is very competitive; a team needs to have depth, quality, and experience combined with mental and physical strength to be champion. The Arsenal board cannot be blamed this time because AW has enough cash to buy a proven center back and defensive midfielder.
The inventor does not believe in proven players until he makes them, hence Gooners will have to wait until Welsh ire becomes Arsenal’s Rooney before trophies will come to the Emirates.
The good professor believes that the Gunners youth policy can bring long-term success, hence impressing the likes of Hill-Wood.
Arsene Wenger's tendency for invention, professionalism, and mature attitude will not bring glory to the Gooners—but endless trophyless seasons.
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