We’re well into silly season and there are “rumours” that PSG (after appointing Laurent Blanc who was reportedly 7th choice to replace Carlo Ancelotti) have made a “moral agreement” with Arsene Wenger to join them in the summer of 2014.
Obviously the chance of this happening is unlikely but stranger things have happened. What if like Alex Ferguson, this season was Arsene’s last hurrah?
Last summer, there were rumours that Sir Alex was going to retire and the Manchester United board gave him Robin van Persie as a £68 million farewell present – one last chance to wrestle the title back from Manchester City.
So with our reported “war chest” and apparent financial strength in the transfer market, then this could be Arsene’s last big push to make all of the frugal spending over the last 8 seasons worthwhile.
Arsene Wenger has spent £9 million net over the last 8 seasons. And to keep delivering Champions League football on a consistent basis is, quick frankly, phenomenal. But sooner or later, Arsenal have to take off the restraints and just go for it.
If Arsenal do manage to bring in Gonzalo Higuain, Marouane Fellaini and a couple of other world class players, then we would have a squad that would mean business.
But we’d need more than that. When Alex Ferguson purchased Robin van Persie, he had a side that finished the previous season in second place, missing out on the title by goal difference. So Manchester United weren’t a million miles from having a title-winning squad.
But we will need to step up several levels to really compete.
If we seal the deal for Higuain, then we still need a couple of midfield reinforcements and another central defender. We need to be able to cope if our spine of Mertesacker, Koscielny and Cazorla get injured for any amount of time. Added to that, Arteta and Ramsey were over played and need resting now and then. At right back, if Sagna stays then Jenkinson is more than a worthy backup, but if he does leave then we would need to bring in another fullback. Left back is well covered with Gibbs and Monreal, and the wide attacking positions can be filled by Podolski, Theo and Gervinho so someone else in that position would be useful as well.
So by my reckoning, to really have a squad to compete we would need a new centre back, two midfielders and another winger. So that’s 4 players, not including the possible purchased of Higuain.
On the positive side, we’re only 6 days into the official transfer window and have another 8 weeks of it left to get business sorted out.
Will be bring in what we need to compete? I hope so.