Well 24 hours ago we had a weak squad but today we have actually brought in some world class players to cover the inevitable loss of Spanish and English prostitutes Jose Antonio Reyes and Cashley Cole.
Cashley got the move he’s always dreamed of since he was child and in return we get William Gallas and £5 million. It looks like it was Arsenal who compromised in the end after such a late transfer - possibly the last one of the actual transfer window. But I personally don’t mind as we have got a fantastic centre-back in Gallas who has proved himself in The Premier League and at the highest level.
Wenger’s transfer target Julio Baptista came to Arsenal 12 months later than he would have liked, and swaped the white of Real for the red of Arsenal with old Sevilla team-mate Jose Antonio Reyes - who didn’t seem to care if he signed for Real or Atletico.
Baptista also mentioned he has been learning English - that’s one huge step more than Jose tried to make while living in England!
The main concerns I had for the coming season was the lack of physical presence we had in the squad which would especially problematic in certain away games but Gallas and Baptista should clear up that problem.
‘The Beast’ is renowned for his pace, power and physical presence on the pitch which with our youngsters will be vital for the upcoming campaign. He also has big game experience and has been a regular in the Brazil squad so should hopefully be a big player for us. But it will be interesting to see if Arsene plays him in defensive midfield where he started his career or whether he will be deployed further up the pitch.
And William Gallas pairing up with Kolo Toure at the back is a mouth-watering prospect. People talk about Gallas being a versatile player and playing in several positions but with the French International demanding a move away from Chelski for being played out of position don’t expect Gallas to play anywhere except central defence.
Which presents an interesting question when Senderos returns to full fitness. With all 3 centre-backs fully fit who would play? I’ve always said I would like Kolo to play in midfield because he is technically sound and has so much energy and pace it’s unreal! But we’ll have to wait and see…
Right, I’m off to bed now - three players coming to Arsenal in a single day? That’s far too much excitement for me!