Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Arsene hints at January purchase

Whilst the result in the Chelsea match last night was not perfect for Arsenal, despite it condemning any comparisons between this good City team and our incredible invincible team, it has certainly done one thing, and that is opened up the possibility of one of the most exciting, intriguing title races in years.

With a good result on Sunday we could really open things up, although getting anything against that side, especially at their place, where they are unbeaten in 2 matches will be one of the hardest tasks we face this season. And to put things into perspective, the last time we played a match against a side of similar stature we lost. 8-2.

Monday included some very bad news that we will be without any fullbacks for the foreseeable future with Jenkinson, Sagna, Gibbs and now Santos all injured. That means that we are very short in defence, and are likely to see the continuation of the Djourou, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Vermaelen back four over the congested christmas holiday period - bar any more injuries (touch-wood). That is not the best news, especially with the importance of those games, yet in an optimistic thought, Newcastle showed just how much teams can benefit from having the same back four week in, week out.

This could also mean an entrance to the transfer market for Wenger, but any defensive purchase is likely to be short term, as even with the players we have out Squillaci, Miquel and other promising young defenders can't get a look in.

Today, Arsene hinted at a possible foray into the market, something that he dismissed a few weeks back, so something must have changed. The Frenchman said:

"We lose players like Chamakh and Gervinho to the Africa Cup of Nations so hopefully, we do not get any injuries to our strikers, But if an opportunity turns up in that department then we will buy."

 However, he only said that we will look for bargain deals, as the current economic environment has changed...blah blah blah. There are quality players available on the cheap though, without taking wages into account, so we may be able to bring in some quality to help bolster our squad.

The names of Argentinean holding midfielder Lucas Biglia, a player we were heavily linked to in August, and the frequently linked to Gary Cahil have been mentioned in the press, along with the other usual names (Eduardo Vargas and Lukas Podolski). Todays comments hint at other striking options and hopefully we will be working like we did at the end of August to secure players, rather than how we acted in the rest of the window.

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