Sunday, 10 July 2011

Doubts over Downing

It's not been the week I thought it would be.

That's the feeling almost every Arsenal fan has had during nearly every week of the transfer window for the past 5 seasons or even more. But the fact that we still haven't made one signing - alright Gervinho will be confirmed soon and Jenkinson may play a bit this year - yet is very annoying.

Pre-season is well underway and preferably we'd like to have our squad together and gelling before we start the season. Wenger's interview wasn't the most enthusiastic one either, and he only mentioned 'one or two' good new signings.

By my calculations we need about 4 or 5 new signings if we are to make a proper challenge for the title, and maybe more if we lose players of Cesc's and Nasri's ability. He also hinted that he may not sign a replacement for Clichy, who completed his £7 million deal to Man City this week, and said that Gibbs needs a chance to progress.

That would be all well and good if Gibbs wasn't as injury prone as Van Persie and seemingly incapable of defending at times. If you compare him to Chelsea and Uniteds left backs two he comes up very short, and they are meant to be our biggest rivals.

There is some new news this week though, and today we were linked with a deal for Stuart Downing of Aston Villa. He is a good player, but not the type of big name that we are in need of and, dare I say it, not much (if at all) better than what we have.

To make things even more un-realistic, the price Villa seem to want is close to £20million. Will Wenger pay that kind of money for anyone? Let alone only a good Premier League player, who is not the world class player we need.

Overall I see the transfer as very unlikely. Perhaps more likely is a deal for Juan Mata of Valencia. The young Spaniard is very exciting and has been tracked my many of Europe's top teams for years. Apparently Valencia only want around £20million too, and with the losses of either (or both) Nasri and Cesc, we need a player like Mata.

Another player i'd love to see in an Arsenal shirt next year is Hugo Rodallega. Yesterday he revealed that we have been monitoring him, as well as other European clubs, and with the seemingly abrupt exit of Bendtner combined with the doubts over Marouane Chamakh's ability, singing Rodallega would give our strikers more strength in depth.

Rodallega has a good record and a few years Premiership Experience, he always can play as a lone striker so will know what is needed to exceed and score goals. Last year he scored 9 goals in 36 Prem appearances and the year before 10 in 38. At a club like Arsenal that could easily rise, as we lay on more chances for him.

In other news, Wellington has traveled to Valencia to secure his loan to Levante for next season. Whilst last season's 6 month spell there wasn't the most successful (he only managed 2 substitute appearances) we can be more optimistic of him gaining playing time this year, and he could be joined shortly by Pedro Botelho - who widely impressed last year.

Thats about all there is for now, till later.

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