Fans cuss and swear demanding that Wenger buy ‘experience’ and add to ‘strength in depth’, amongst other cliches. Cue Wenger signing someone who ticks both boxes, and the cussing and swearing begins anew. Will we ever learn?
By now most of you will have read somewhere that we have officially singed Mikel Silvestre from Manchester United. Some exceptionally unexpected news; especially when you considered how quickly it seemed to fall into place. Regardless of the club we signed him from, Silvestre, in my mind, could be an excellent piece of Arsenal-business.
The centre-back who can play on the left will bring know-how, grit, aerial authority and versatility to the club’s background, which can now be thought of as set. As it stands, no more transfers are needed in defence or in the strike-force. Now to sort out the midfield…
But sticking with Mikael Silvestre; he will be bagging the Number-18 shirt previously donned by Pascal Cygan and Gilles Grimandi. A truly french number, if ever there was one.
Already a number of blogs have continued the superstitious distates for rival players, barracking against Wenger’s decisions for not signing players palatable with the fan’s tastes. If that had been Wenger’s template, we’d be in a lot worse situation as a club than we find ourselves in at present.
This is Wenger heeding the fan’s advice. The fan’s ‘demands’ have been based mostly on logical concerns, and Wenger is not one bereft of that.
van Nistelrooi and Roy Keane might have been asking a bit too much. Mikel Silvestre is welcome to try his luck with us – and if it means competition for places, then you won’t find any complaints this side.
As for the now speculated future of Johann Djourou, my inside circles tell me he is too valued at Arsenal to just be sent out on loan. I dont give any credence to the Kolo-in-midfield argument (he has not the brain for the position, and has been spending so many seasons at the back); Kolo, Gallas, Silvestre and Senderos will be fighting for those places, certainly. Could we see Djourou in midfield? Or will Gokhan Inler be the newest player to plug that gap?
If it’s the latter, we are set for the season. The former? I would not write it off, but it is certainly intriguing as to whether it will work. The cynic in all of us doubts it muchly.
Expect a preview for the Fulham match – so far, no injuries reported from the internationals. Keep being positive for the new season, readers…