Written by Omomo14 on Tuesday, 10 July 2012 12:40
Hello beautiful Gooners out there. Its been quite a while I put my thoughts in words on here.... So yeah, this is me doing it...
Last week, Robin van Persie dropped a bombshell on us, saying the route we are taking isn't the one for him, so in other words he wants out. I wouldn't say I wasn't half expecting this but I held the faintest of hopes that our dear captain, the one we called Captain Vantastic would be a lot different from the likes of Nasri, Flamini, Hleb and Adebayor. Well that's by the way, what brings me out today is his replacement.
Being on twitter, you would get a clear idea on who most fans would like to see come in for RvP. Most fans would like to see another centre forward come in even when you take into account that we have got new arrivals in Oliver Giroud and Lukas Podolski.
I for one think a new centre forward isn't a pressing need with RvP leaving. Giroud, Podolski, Theo and to a larger extent Park are more than enough bodies for a whole season. We have also got Gervinho and Oxlade-Chamberlain who could very well slot in on the wings of our forward 3. Yeah, we are pretty much choked in the forward department meaning there is actually no need for another Centre forward.
Two names being bandied about by some of our supporters are David Villa and Edin Dzeko. Both in my opinion are complete forwards just like Oliver Giroud. Hard to see why we should be interested in any one of them when we have got 1 already who was top scorer in the Ligue 1.
I'm of the opinion that if we are to go for a centre forward then it should be someone dissimilar from what we have got on show at the moment. Someone in the mould of Suarez or Aguero or Tevez. Someone that is crafty and very creative, someone who isn't restricted to only one slot.
You would say there aren't a lot in the market that could tick those boxes but hey, that should be the kind of player we should be looking at and not a complete centre forward.
Stevan Jovetic who has constantly been linked with us is one player that I see would fit into our current crop, Skilful, eye for the final pass and also good movement in and around the area. The stumbling block is the huge price tag(€25m) on him. We don't do huge figures so we are likely gonna pass except Fiorentina would take a minimal fee being accompanied with Marouane Chamakh. Good business for both sides seeing that Fiorentina wants Chamakh and also are willing to sell Jovetic. Win - Win situation for all.
Yes, earlier on I talked about a centre forward not being a pressing need for us which I feel is incredibly right. The pressing need for us is in midfield. 2 key slots in midfield where I feel we suffered a lot from last season and heaped huge pressure on Song and RvP. The two key slots are Defensive Midfield and Attacking Midfield.
We conceded 49 goals last season in the league not because we have bad defenders but because we were left open in midfield. We had Song who helped out in the attacking 3rd most times leaving room for the opposition to counter. Arteta did a fantastic job covering but truth be told it wasn't enough and we paid dearly for it when he was out injured.
So yes, DM and AM are a pressing need and we need it filled ASAP. We all know we are interested in a DM and one name that constantly pops up is Yann M'Villa which would be a monstrous buy, a buy that speaks intent. N'Zonzi of Blackburn and Capoue of St. Ettiene have also been linked which I feel are also good enough to help bridge the gap and create a solid platform for us.
With RvP going, why not try for an AM instead of a like for like replacement. We lacked real creativity last season reason why Song surged forward but with one we can checkmate Songs forays in attack thereby solidifying our defence and also looking deadly in the final 3rd.
A lot would say we have got Rosicky and Jack coming back but we can't truly bank on them. Rosicky isn't getting any younger and Jack might need some time to get back to full fitness so an attacking midfielder is very essential if we are going to push for titles in 4 fronts.
With those two coming in we can have adequate rotation which in turn will lead to staying clear off long term injuries and keep our players fresh for the long haul.
Another issue that has come to my notice is the need for another top notch goal-keeper who is about the same age as Szczesny. I asked a question on twitter; Why do we need another Goal-Keeper? Yeah, Szczesny made some blunders last term but that doesn't say he isn't top class. De Gea made massive errors also but still SAF hasn't gone all out for a GK because he knows De Gea is massively good and can also improve with games.
I'm not entirely against a new GK, I want a GK who is a lot older and comes in with a wealth of experience who Szczesny can learn from. Also a GK that is happy to act as deputy.
Well that brings me to end of my post. Feel free to make comments. Cheers and God bless!!!
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