Summer 2012 needs to see a change in direction in Arsenal's transfer policy.Â Out must go this
incessant desire to collect 15-16 year olds from around the world and expect and hope that they
Arsenal have many youngsters in the reserves or on loan for whom the time is ripe for them to be
given their chance.
Over the last few seasons Arsene Wenger has gathered an assortment of players, paid them good
wages and has waited for them to deliver. Unfortunately, they have not delivered the goods nor have
they developed into the world class players we thought they would turn into.
For a few transfer windows we have been expecting these players to be sold, but the ridiculous
wages, for their limited wages has meant we have not been able to get rid of these deadwood
Dateline 22 January 2012, this date will go down in history, it is the date the fans at the
Emirates turned on Arsene Wenger.
The fans booed the team off at half-time and were rewarded when youngster Nico Yennaris replaced
the hapless and hopeless Djourou who becomes a bigger liability every time he puts on an Arsenal
The last couple of seasons, seeing our midfield overrun, Wenger changed from 4-4-2 to 4-3-3.Â
This added more players in central midfield where too often we had lost vital games, but the
flip-side meant that the striker was isolated.
For 4-3-3 to work you need at least one of your three central midfielders to get into areas to
support the striker.
In May of 2011, a sort of palace coup was engineered at the Emirates with the two remaining
substantial shareholdings of Danny Fiszman and Lady Nina Bracewell-Smith going to Stan Kroenke and
in effect Kroenke was anointed the new "emperor" of Arsenal Football Club.Â Except the Russian
billionaire Alisher Usmanov refused to play ball and increased his holding in the club too!
Arsenal has suffered some terrible bad luck with defensive injuries this season.Â We lost
Sagna, Gibbs and Jenkinson all with a 17 days in October, but the loss that has hurt us most was
the loss of Santos in December.Â Santos was an attacking full-back and gave us extra attacking
options something that has been lacking in recent weeks.
Angry, frustrated, disappointed.Â Once again Arsenal fans are left let-down, once again we are
promised things will change and once again it is groundhog season for Arsenal, and we haven't even
entered the annual departures of the close season.
Where do we start?Â It is obvious that things went wrong in the summer with Wenger anticipating
that both Nasri and Fabregas will not leave these were the hopes of a man living in a dream
The Arsenal board and Wenger have constantly talked about the UEFA Financial Fair Play rules and
how the Arsenal model is the model other clubs are striving for (financially if not trophy wise).Â
Arsenal are of the opinion that our prudence in the transfer market will eventually ensure we are a
successful club both on and off the field.
Another defeat and its doom and gloom from all circles.Â Every time we concede a goal, there is
an inquisition as to our ability to defend. If we look a little bit closer we can see that luck has
deserted us and we have a tendency to self-destruct.
Game one against Newcastle saw both Gervinho and Song pick up three match bans which affected us
for the next three games.
We have a torrid start to the season, let's not get deluded we have lost 3 games and are now
languishing at the bottom of the table.Â This is not acceptable for the fans nor is it acceptable
for Wenger.Â His comments after Saturday clearly show his frustration with what is happening at
the moment, more so is his inability to do anything about what is happening.
Well the transfer window closed last night and unlike windows of the past, Arsenal were doing
business all the way until it slammed shut.Â Four players were confirmed last night as having
signed, with Park announced the day before. It was clear from the start of the season that Wenger
had to act to change our fortunes and only time will tell if Le Professor has bought correctly.
Transfer deadline day looms and Arsenal are still in the market for midfielders, this is not
idle blog gossip but Arsene Wenger stated we are short of players in this area.Â This became
self-evident in recent games were the creativity has been left to Rosicky and his best days are
Today is a day we will all go mad in following rumours and tweets.
It appears that both Park and Santos have been signed subject to work permits, which we need
Arsenal are in advance talks with long-term transfer target Per Mertesacker from Werder Bremen,
with a fee in the regions of â‚¬10M having been agreed. Mertesacker is 6' 6", which will help us at
both ends at set pieces.
The 8-2 defeat at the weekend has forced Wenger into the transfer market, rumours are flying
Two deals that are virtually done will Park Chu Young join Arsenal from AS Monaco.Â Park is
South Korea's captain and a striker who does not have an impressive record in club football.
After yesterday's debacle, it is time to take a step back and see where we are, how did we get
he and what the future holds. There is no point in analysing yesterday's match, it is certified XXX
in the minds of all Arsenal fans.
We all knew it was not going to be an easy match but the roots of the result go back, probably
two or three seasons ago.