Arsenal are a huge club. This would mean that the players we have are regularly selected to play for their respective countries, and we all know there is usually a full round of friendlies after just a few games into the new season. This is often an extremely sensitive issue for many managers. To allow their players to take the risk of injuries or to hold them back and prevent them from representing their nations is often the huge dilemma for many big club managers. What makes this even worst is that international football are often filled with passion and drive. This means players would give it their all for their nations and the injury risk becomes sky high as a result.
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Not so long ago did anyone of us hear that Sami Khedira would be joining Arsenal and fellow German team-mate Podolski on a 20 million pound move from Real Madrid. However, that hot rumour mill seems to have cooled down and Arsenal’s interest in capturing their third signing of the summer is also perceived to have been put off by Wenger.
But, that doesn’t take away Wenger’s imaginative managerial prowess, as he looks set to handover the duties of a holding midfielder to Jack Wilshere. Mikel Arteta played as a holding midfielder 31 times in the Premier League for Arsenal last season, but his lack of pace, finally, seems to have caught Wenger’s eye.
The fourth place finish is becoming increasingly familiar to many Arsenal fans in recent seasons, considering how Arsenal have performed in the league in the past couple of editions. Many would argue that Arsenal are trying to pay off our new stadium debt. Thus, we did not have the financial capability to compete with the other teams.
While the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City have relied on their available riches to bring in the silverware, Arsenal have stuck to our philosophy and brought in Champions League finishes season after season. Now, our debt is almost cleared off, we have the capability to compete with the rest, as seen from our signings of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez. However, what if even with these signings, we end up with a fourth place finish again?
It is safe to say that Arsenal has the widest and largest array of offensive talents in midfield in the Premier league. Some might even say Arsenal may have the best amongst the world, with only Bayern Munich close to us. Ozil, Ramsey, Wilshere, Cazorla, Rosicky, Arteta and rumours of Khedira or Bender joining, it must be a huge headache for Arsene to decide who should start. Also, it is important to note that all these players are extremely talented and would easily grace the starting lineup of any premier league team. Thus, it is vital to ensure that all these players get enough playing time. Otherwise, they would not be satisfied and may start to look for a move away from Arsenal.
I thought that Arsenal would have announced the transfer of the Colombia international number one David Ospina by now, as it was reported that we had a greed a fee of around £3 million with his French club Nice and had sorted out the personal terms of his contract with the Gunners.
But still no announcement from Arsenal and it looks like the reason could be the captain of Spain and Real Madrid, Iker Casillas. The news from Spain, picked up by various media sources like Metro, is that the 33-year old is ready to quit his La Liga club as they close in on another World Cup keeper, Keylor Navas of Costa Rica.
After he tweeted just the other day about flying to London to fight for his dream of playing for Arsenal, I was pretty surprised to see that the 22-year old forward was not on the plane taking the Gunners to America for a short visit and pre-season friendly against Theirry Henry and his New York Red Bulls side.
Instead, it appears that the Costa Rica international stopped off in France for a final few days’ holiday and will join up with Arsenal for training next week. I thought the young Gunner would be desperate to start showing Arsene Wenger what he is made of, because I don’t think the Frenchman is totally convinced that Campbell can really do it for Arsenal in the Premier League.
There is a piece of Arsenal transfer news doing the rounds today which suggests that Arsene Wenger has given up his transfer pursuit of a top quality defensive midfielder, even though it was previously thought that the manager was looking to sign either Sami Khedira, Lars Bender or Morgan Schneiderlin.
The story goes that Wenger is going to rely on what he has already got in Arteta, Flamini and Diaby, while also getting Jack Wilshere to drop back and take on a more disciplined role in the Arsenal team. I don’t really see this happening, because it is the attacking and creative side of the game where Wilshere is best.
Many people seem to think that Olivier Giroud will see a lot less playing time in an Arsenal shirt this season, especially if the Gunners sign another striker. With Theo Walcott close to his Arsenal comeback and Alexis Sanchez having signed from Barcelona, the theory is that the big Frenchman could be used more as a back-up option, but I think that Arsene Wenger still sees Giroud as central to his system.
Should Gibbs be first choice at Arsenal?
From Winterburn to Cole to Clichy, the left-back position in the Arsene Wenger era is always seen as one of the most vital ones. There are countless of attacks that originate from Arsenal’s left hand side. Thus, a well-coordinated system between the left side full back and the left winger is extremely essential to the Arsenal offense.
It is par for the course when you are a big club like Arsenal, fighting for the English Premier League, Champions League and two domestic cup competitions every season, that you need a big squad with lots of strength in depth. But there is a flipside to that as well.
With Arsene Wenger’s commitment to the Arsenal academy as well as the need to have a strong squad, you do get situations like the one with Carl Jenkinson in the last couple of years, when a promising player finds it tough to get the regular game time he needs to really push on and progress his football.