Arsenal Message Board
- Radge2def Radge2def Feb 1, 2013 13:07 Flag
I think we can guarantee a new CB in the summer. Squillaci is out of contract (better not be renewed) and Djourou, fingers crossed will enjoy his time away and we can sell him. That would leave a space for wenger to fill while keeping an eye on Miquel and giving him some chances. As far as DMF goes im not sure Wenger will buy a typical DMF, he has kind of avoided that position since Gilberto. I think it has been a problem. Yes Song, Diaby, Flamini have been there but all 3 were also encouraged to push forward which is why i think its Wengers tactics that are a bigger issue. i think we need to revert to a more structured play with one guy always holding and not moving from his position too much.
- Radge2def Radge2def Jan 31, 2013 14:17 Flag
Dodge nicely said, Im with you all the way. Too much negativity and not enough enjoying what we do have. I would rather we be winning these games but hey, its obviously not our season. Im not too convinced Fergie will be bothered about Walcott signing for us, afterall he just got the new Walcott (Zaha) wrapped up. Fingers crossed for that kid he doesnt end up like Walcott and take a long time to develop otherwise he'll be a FLOP like ho many numerous others. (they obviously arent flops but too many numpties get caught up in the press about totall balls.)
- Radge2def Radge2def Jan 31, 2013 14:05 Flag
It should be a wake up call but what can you do when youre managing money? Gibbs needs another back up LB for sure and Santos I dont think is good enough, but Wenger definitely favours Gibbs to develop into Arsenals new A.Cole. He wants competition for Gibbs but I dont think he wants such good competaition that Gibbs doesnt get a look in. Santos provides that another player may just steal Gibbs place.
As for the Santos situ, you now have Gibbs, someone, and Santos on the books. Two players will get fairly regular playing time, Santos wont yet hes sitting there not working for his money, draining resources and being a burden on the club. Can Wenger sell him? Well he hasnt been able to find buyers for Squillaci, Bendtner, Denilson, Chamakh, etc so what makes him think he could easily get rid of Santos? It doesnt make any financial sense to have a senior player wasting away on the bench, Arshavin and Squillaci are markers for Wenger to rethink Arsenals wage structure and not markers you want to revisit if you can avoid it.
- Radge2def Radge2def Jan 31, 2013 11:47 Flag
Buying Gibbs backup, when he is only out for 3 weeks is a non starter. Wenger will not do it. He'll rely on Verm and Santos to get us through without Gibbs. We definitely need defensive cover but it wont come either. Tbh I dont think its the ability of our defenders that is the issue, I do believe its the tactics Wenger wants them to play. We have all seen Verm, Kosc and Mert pull off some great defending but they get caught out when Wenger is wanting them all to push up and squeeze the opposition.
- Radge2def Radge2def Jan 26, 2013 10:10 Flag
Who said Zaha was an arsenal target? Oh yes the media because they can be believed at all times cant they!? Heh. If he was a target a bid would have been made. Without a bid made a player is not a target merely someone a team is scouting.
As for profits and where do they go...? Go on the AST website and find out. Its all there in black and white. You will notice that arsenal do nat have vast profits available in the way some people believe they do. Finances get rather complicated when you get into them. Just cause we sold a few players and got 50 odd mill doesnt mean we then have 50 odd mill to spend. Much more to it than that.
- Radge2def Radge2def Jan 19, 2013 12:07 Flag
I think again its a positive statement from a former player who has no need to say such positive things other than he values Wenger and what he did for him. If you actually read what he is saying then yes I think we do play better football in general, we dont give it away as much as we did, we play for possesion now much more than we did with the invincibles. The diff being is the invincibles (as Viera says) were more mature and stronger. Mentally they were better but in terms of tactics I think we have an element better than they did. A few better players in 3 positions and we would be well on our way to being a challenger. We have been in that position for ages now so I dont expect miracles but i do expect an improved financial position in a couple of seasons which can spur us on to getting back to where we were.
- Radge2def Radge2def Jan 19, 2013 10:43 Flag
Walcott has improved year by year. Hes no Messi hes no Hazard but he is a player who has consistently improved and at 24 has just signed up for the start of his peak years! If a player scores 20 goals a season and provides 15 assists I dont care who they are but that is valuable player and one who deserves a pay cheque similar to what he is on. Admittedly he is on 14 goals and 10 assists but with the rest of the season ahead, it seems very possible he could hit a 20/15 marker. I judge players by consistency...long term consistency. If Walcott does similar again next season 100kpw is worth having him around and no one will be able to say hes over paid.
- Radge2def Radge2def Jan 19, 2013 10:37 Flag
1st time ive been on these boards, dunno whats going on with them, but must say Dein speaking out for Wenger is a great to hear. I dont believe once great managers "lose it" if they have done it once they can do it again, all it depends on is what they have to work with. Although a good few of Wengers player purchases have been questionable over recent years he has been working with a tight budget which means more miss than hit. But I do believe that next year or the year after Arsenal/wenger will be a different proposition, the question is will wenger be there to oversee management for the beginning of the new era?