By Tony Attwood
When the transfer regime changed so that instead of being able to transfer players at end time from May to March the following year, over to the current two-window system, I wondered how all the papers that thrived on daily transfer rumours would cope.
The answer was: business as usual. The window shuts but the rumours carry on – as odd and as inaccurate as ever – as if transfers are being done all the time.
But now, for the first time, there is a story doing the rounds that is being so highly hyped and reported so strongly in places that don’t normally go in for such things, that I just wonder if it is real.
It is that Mr Wenger wants another forward – and will buy him in January.
Forwards in January make me think of a certain gent who went a-wandering to Man City, Real Mad and Tottenham H. (Actually I am working from memory here but I am sure Adeb was a Jan transfer). And much as I dislike him for his subsequent actions, he was a great forward in his day.
But he’s the last big name January transfer I can think of for Arsenal. So, why another one now?
Last season we could have come a cropper if RVP had been injured – this season we seem to have more options – especially with the unexpected move of Gervinho to centre forward. But then again, we are now in the season of consecutive African Cups in January, and that’s another thing I don’t know – how many players are we going to lose to Africa in the new year? (Help me out here someone).
The word is that when playing 4-2-3-1 we only have Olivier Giroud who can operate that way as the one. I am not sure that is right – and anyway we can change systems if need be. And Theo might still be a centre forward. But even so, that’s the word on the street. But perhaps Mr Wenger is not yet convinced Giroud will make it, or will make it enough this year to challenge for the title.
Names being mentioned for the Arsenal January transfer include
- Fernando Llorente,
- Adrián López,
- Robert Lewandowski
- Stevan Jovetic
There is also Dazet Wilfried Armel Zaha of Palace – another winger – but maybe someone thinks that he too could move into the centre. And he has chosen to play for England rather than Ivory Coast so he won’t go away in January.
But looking at this list I think: apart from the names I’ve already listed from our squad what about Lukas Podolski? Is he really only good playing wide and running in? I think he looks better in the middle.
Within the squad we have Bendtner and Ju-Young Park who are both on loan and whose return to Arsenal seems unlikely, and the mysterious total loss of form of Marouane Chamakh makes him seem an unlikely prospect also.
Unless of course it is all a blind and we are going to use the new notion of the False Number 9 and push Santi Cazorla even further forwards. But that surely would take away the sensational way he is playing… unless one created a midfield of Diaby, Wilshere and Arteta with Cazorla in front of them… but no that is getting too bizarre. Cazorla hasn’t done anything like that before – either with Malaga or Spain. Anyway, he’s not very tall.
So what is going on?
As usual I don’t have a clue.
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