Yesterday was the day the new Arsenal away kit was officially launched.
And although the kit itself looks nice, ultimately it was a disappointing spectacle. With rumours that the press were invited to the official launch then the assumption was that this would be the pefect opportunity to reveal an exciting new signing, specifically you know who.
As it turned out, it was a very nice PR exercise where the British core of the side (Jenkinson, Ramsey, Theo, Gibbs, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Wilshere) all appeared looking very nice in the new strip and putting their arms around each other in an act of solidarity.
And maybe that’s how it will be next season with the “British core”. We’ll sell Sagna to Monaco or PSG and then give Jenkinson his chance, which wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world. He has the right attitude and for me, is a fantastic player. At the start of last season when Sagna was out and Jenkinson was playing I thought he was excellent. Not to put too much pressure on him at this stage, but I think he’s top drawer. Gibbs is pretty much first choice left-back now and has been for a while.
Then in midfield, we will give Oxlade-Chamberlain a chance in his favoured position. A midfield of Arteta, Wilshere and Oxlade-Chamberlain could work really well. Up top, we have Theo on the right and then Podolski and Giroud to complete the line-up.
So maybe the whole kit launch was about bringing in a new era for Arsenal, something similar to Manchester United’s Class of 92′ – putting in faith in the young British players to bring success.
Which means we wouldn’t need to anything stupid like spend any money.