Alot of people have written us off for the coming season, The other big clubs have spent alot of money. Infact they have spent absurd amounts of cash on players like Torres who hasn't had any premiership experience. Manchester United continue to spend money that they have borrowed to stay at the top. Chelsea have just signed Maluda from Lyon for over 13 million.
With Thierry Henry departing the press and alot of fans including our own unfortunately have written us off and think that we do not stand a chance unless we spend 'big'
Remember the days when we could spend 2.5 million and buy someone of the class of Ian Wright? Surely you can't do that these days can you? Lets have a look around and see what we could get for that sort of pocket change. What do you think of the name Robin Van Persie?
2.5milion Van Persie is worth more than 20milion Torres.
Every now and again you come across gems that appear out of nowhere. Players like Zidane, Ronaldinho, Van Basten and Thierry Henry are gangly teenagers who are raw, inexperienced but talented.
Arsene plucked this rough diamond from Ferynord in the summer of 2004/5 and he has slowly developed into a quality International who possess flair, commitment and a deadly left foot.
Dutch coach Marco Van Basten has raved on about Van Persie's talent on more than one occasion and his International performances are now consistently being displayed in the premiership. Before his injury last season after scoring the equaliser against Manchester United, Robin was Arsenals top goalscorer with 13 goals to his name. Even though he was played on the left of a 4-5-1 for many matches in the early stages of last season.
Van Persie isn't an out and out goal poacher, he isn't really a half striker in the Bergkamp mould, he is a little bit of both, somewhere in the middle.
Robin has that little bit of arrogance that most top players have, he plays without fear and will attempt to do the extraordinary. That goal against Blackburn at Highbury when he cut in from the right and bent the ball around the keeper in off the post. Not many players have the self belief to attempt it let alone achieve it.
I am hoping that Henry's departure will allow Van Persie to grow into one of the best strikers in world football and next season would be the perfect time for him to show what he has to offer.
I am interested to see where Wenger fits Van Persie into the starting eleven because we know that he will be a starter. He plays on the right of a three for Holland, he has played wide left on a 5 for Arsenal. A position that I feel does not suit him. I think he would be wasted on the left of any formation. He does not have an abundance of pace that can get him away from defenders and he tends to play towards his left foot, so I would imagine him running away from the goal. On the right hand side he cuts in very well onto his deadly left foot where he can play neat passes inside to teammates or hit thunderbolts.
He can also play in the middle but if Arsene deploys 433 I don't imagine Van Persie being the central player to that position.
We know that Robin will only get better so be prepared for that Spanish comedy duo to start talking about him soon.
The worst kept secret is finally out (god, I hate that saying) Bacary Sagna has signed for Arsenal offically. He has the number 3 shirt and joins Eduardo, Fabianski and Havard Nordtveit.
He can play both fullback positions which is good in terms of Clichy cover. Traore wasn't ready to be a stand it, he wasn't defensively mature enough. Gallas does not want to play there so it left us thin. Eboue will be on Africans Nations duty during the season so it makes sense. If Sagna is to be first choice then it is interesting to see what Arsene will do with Eboue. I personally don't think he would be as effective on the right wing as he will not have so much room to operate and would recive passes in alot tighter positions than he currently does.
All we need now is a quality wide man, someone who can beat players and run onto through passes behind the opposition right back and score goals. I would personally love to see Robinho get that role. He would bring us something that we don't have in our squad. Walcott could learn from him in training. I think it maybe wishful thinking though as he would command a big transfer fee and we know that Arsenal don't spend alot of money. If Fabio Capello was still at Real Madrid then we would have a slightly better chance of getting him.
Wenger is hopefully in negoitions with a winger somewhere in the world because he knows he needs a natural wide man especially as Reyes and possibly Ljungberg are leaving the club.