Okay, I understand Adebayor leaving. He’s an idiot, has no desire to play for Arsenal and attacking-wise, it is not our weakest area. Although unfortunately, the injury which will keep out Nasri until Xmas is a big setback. Yes, I know the official word is that he will be back in 2/3 months but to recover from a broken leg and get up to full fitness and form is asking a lot from the boy. Especially with our luck with injuries.
Anyway, after weeks of speculation there finally seems to be solid reports that Kolo is going to join Manchester City, for around Â£15 million.
I haven’t even mentioned it because to be honest, I didn’t think it would happen.
I just don’t get it.
Adebayor isn’t that much of a loss, although it is a loss. We’ve made one of our potential rivals stronger, and not replaced him. As I’ve mentioned, we’ve got Van Persie, Eduardo, Arshavin and even Theo who can play up top so it’s not the worst situation.
But selling Kolo to City seems like a big mistake to me.
With their 50 strikers, one area they are now looking to strengthen is defence, and why are we helping them?!
It doesn’t make any sense.
We’ve made Â£25 million from Adebayor, so are we desperate for the money? If we do make Â£15 million and essentially make Â£30 million (after taking the Â£10 million for Thomas Vermaelen) then Arsene seriously needs to re-invest that into the squad.
But I can see that money not being spent, and now I’m worried.
Before, I was optimistic – we had a very strong central defence with Toure, Gallas, Vermaelen, Djourou and possibly Senderos, although we’ll probably sell him as well. And don’t even get me started about Silvestre.
But it’s the same thing over and over again. Arsene doesn’t like to upset his first eleven. He wouldn’t feel comfortable leaving first team players on the bench. He is content on having a great starting line-up and then ‘adequate’ backup. To win anything you need strength and depth, and by selling our senior players we’ll never get there.
After the criticism of Arsene at the end of last season, he has said judge him on this coming season. With that, you would think he would go for broke and get his squad ready to win the major honours. Instead, he seems to be content selling experienced players, and not replace them.
I’ve never been one to urge the manager to buy players.
Look through my archives, and you will see I’m not one of those Arsenal fans that wants to bring in superstars for stupid money. I generally only talk about transfers when they happen.
But now, I’m in the camp that says we need to bring in players.
Hopefully this is another of Arsene’s ‘secret transfer dealings’ and we’ll see a couple of new players come in before the season starts.
But there isn’t long left until we kick off the campaign against Everton so I wouldn’t hold my breath.