After signing Carl Jenkinson from Charlton Athletic and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Southampton, Arsenal confirmed the signing of Joel Campbell, a 19 year old striker from Costa Rica.
That means that along with Gervinho (who is over the hill at 24), we have purchased two 19 year olds and a 17 year old.
Is that a statement of intent for the forthcoming season?
I still have hopes that Arsene will add experienced Premier League players to the squad, but that hope is slowly dwindling as the days tick by.
I think the problem Arsenal fans have with Arsene is the contrasting statements he makes. Last season he said Arsenal would be “very active” in the transfer market and while I suppose in one way he has, most people assumed that the activity would be bringing in experienced reinforcements to compliment the young talent.
And now he’s said that signing centre backs isn’t like going to a supermarket and going to a shelf.
I think we all know that Arsene, but being defensive when fans are frustrated isn’t the best way to approach the matter.
Watching Patrick Vieira on Football Focus now, it makes you sad. He was, along with other players, epic for Arsenal Football Club. He was a true leader, fantastic footballer and most importantly a winner. How long ago do those days seem?
We face Newcastle United this afternoon and God knows what will happen. We inexplicably lost a 4 goal lead last season and today pretty much anything can happen. We could comfortably win 3-0, we could lose by the same scoreline but I suppose the only thing it won’t be is a boring 0-0 draw.
Jack Wilshere and Abou Diaby are out injured and obviously Cesc and Nasri have been omitted from the squad. Fortunately the rest of the team looks in decent shape and Theo and Robin should be back in contention.
It’s hard to predict a scoreline because most of the Arsenal news has been on Cesc Fabregas joining Barcelona.
If Arsenal can perform well and get all 3 points then Arsene will keep the vultures away for a while.