First things first, I regret to inform you that the midfield signing that Arsene Wenger promised before the FC Twente game has still not been made. By my calculations that means the manager now has just over 36 hours to make something happen.
Unfortunately this looks increasingly less likely after Wenger made the following comments following the loss to Fulham:
“When you lose a game the solution is not always to buy. Did we play at our best? I say no and so we have to look at why?”
Now, I agree that when you lose a game the solution is not always to buy. Fair enough – I didn’t expect purchases to be made last season after we lost to Middlesbrough, Manchester United or any of the other sides we lost to. That would be stupid. Not because the transfer window was shut at the time but because it would just be stupid.
But for Wenger to think that the combination of Denilson and Emmanuel Eboue in the centre of the park did not have an impact on the Fulham result is ridiculous. I admit that if Cesc Fabregas and Abou Diaby were playing we probably would have won. It’s a no-brainer. But as I said yesterday, we can’t rely on just two quality players to last the whole season – especially when one of them is as unreliable as a car with no wheels.
A signing needs to be made. Simple. End of story. If it doesn’t happen then I will be most upset and – dare I say it – worried about this side’s ability to win a major trophy this season. Please don’t let us down, Arsene.
The lack of a signing today has been coupled with the rather peculiar news that Philippe Senderos is set to leave the club. It has been reported that the Swiss defender is set to attend a medical at AC Milan later today with the intention to join the Italian club on a one-year loan deal. There will be an option for Milan to make Senderos’ move permanent so this could well be the last we see of the Swiss defender.
It’s certainly strange news but I might surprise some people when I say that, on the whole, I’m not too upset about this one. I think it’s probably best for both the club and the player. I’ve always admired Senderos as a person but the truth is that he has never quite fit in at Arsenal. He’s shown glimpses of talent but has continuously been undermined by a lack of self-confidence over the years.
Some might argue that this confidence might come as he gets older but I honestly feel the big fellow just doesn’t quite have what it takes to play at a top club in the Premiership – unlike fellow countryman Johan Djourou. I think the slower pace of the Italian Serie A will bring the best out of him as a player and I wish him all the best for his time in Milan.
My one worry about Senderos’ move is that it would leave Arsenal short at the back if Djourou goes to Rennes on loan, as reports have suggested he might. It would mean the club would have just three centre-backs – William Gallas, Kolo Toure and Mikael Silvestre – a quota of one less than when Senderos and Djourou were part of the squad and before Silvestre signed from United.
Djourou must not go – it’s as simple as that. Every top squad needs four centre-backs competiting for starting spots and with Gallas, Toure, Silvestre and Djourou we have that. If the latter goes out on loan then it would be an absolute travesty, especially given the excellent start to the season he made. In my opinion Wenger made a huge mistake to drop him for Toureon the weekend and he’ll be making an even bigger blunder if he lets him join Rennes.
So in summary, Senderos going is not so bad unless Djourou follows. If he does then I really won’t know what to think.
And on top of that, if a midfielder is not brought in before the game tomorrow night I think I will cry. And punch things. And eat a lot of ice-cream. I’ve got faith in you Wenger but you’re really testing me just now.
Make it better. Please.
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