Arsenal's dream summer transfer window
I admit that listening in to idle transfer gossips makes me more excited about Arsenal, or football for that matter, than the actual game itself. The players who your team is scouting, who are leaving, all give me an extra bit of optimism about Arsenal, regardless of how well they are performing.
Today, I present to you, my ideal transfer window. This is something Arsenal hasn’t had since 2010. To recap, Cesc Fabregas decided to stay with us for the season, while we recruited the likes of Chamakh, Koscielny, Squillaci to add to our exciting young stars like Walcott, Song and Wilshere. Arsenal, like this season, was on course to win it all, even defeating Barcelona 2-1 at the Emirates. But it all went wrong in the Carling Cup final where Szczesny, and Koscielny made a collective error and Birmingham City won 2-1.
In 2011, the additions of the likes of Oxlade-Chamberlain, Arteta, Mertesacker were offset by the losses of Fabregas and Nasri. And last season’s additions of Giroud, Cazorla and Podolski was neutralized by the departure of RvP and Song. This season’s windows were, in truth, nearly identical to Manchester United’s poor dealings until September 2, when we signed German national Mesut Ozil on a 42 million pound deal.
I can identify 5 core needs for Arsenal come July 2014. A back-up goalie for Wojciech Szczesny, a new right-back to replace Bacary Sagna, two new, young center-backs, a strong new defensive midfielder to replace Arteta, a world class striker to supplement Giroud, and a sixth need (a new CAM in case Rosicky doesn’t sign a new contract) which may not be needed.
Let’s get on with it:
Need: Lukaz Fabianski, as per news reports, decided to leave Arsenal at the end of the campaign. With Viviano on loan for the season, Arsenal’s need for a goalkeeper has heightened. With Szczesny suspended for 3 games and Arsenal unlikely to beat Bayern next month, Arsenal will need a goalkeeper for the first two group-stage games or the qualifying rounds (depending on our position in the table).
Answer: I was about to say Shay Given, but he is on a contract till 2016 at Aston Villa and Villa will demand high wages and a big fee even for signing on loan. We should do something similar on the lines of Chelsea’s Schwarzer signing. An experienced goalie to supplement Szczesny. A guy like Speroni or a Friedel, who are available for free in July should be fine.
Need: With Bacary Sagna all set to leave Arsenal because other teams like Liverpool, as per the Metro, have offered him lucrative contracts, and Carl Jenkinson not ready, we need a ready-made right-back, and I have the solution.
Answer: Micah Richards. Capable of playing both on the right and through the center, he is a class player who is being over shadowed by Pablo Zabaleta. He is reported to be available for 8 million pounds. This is a bargain for such a player because:He likes to play short passes which is a pre-requisite to be an Arsenal player. He has a strong physique which makes him strong in the air. He, however, lacks discipline and is poor at tackling. However, since Sagna looks like leaving Arsenal, we should look to make the most out of Richards.