Arsenal had a brilliant result tonight in Istanbul, but that still doesn’t hide the fact that we are still starting the season with an extremely thin squad. I’m sure everybody reading this will expect me to still be ranting about the game against Aston villa in which Arsenal’s failures in the transfer market became apparent and probably cost us victory. I’m not going to blame the referee either as we have been the beneficiaries of dodgy decisions too many times in the past so instead I will talk about a player we should consider signing to ease our new found problems.
Don’t snigger and turn away but we should consider Javier Mascherano. Why you say? Well we know that the defence is going to be in crisis for the next few weeks because of injuries and a certain Laurent Koscielny being suspended which is where Masch fits in.
We are in need of a defensive midfielder in the long term as everybody knows and Mascherano originally played there. When he was at Liverpool he was a no nonsense anchor man who had better tackling abilities than the actual defenders. Since he moved to Barcelona he has been converted into a full time central defender because of Carles Puyol’s injury problems.
Signing him could solve two of our current problems. As I said before, our defence is bare and will be a massive weakness for the coming games, if we sign Mascherano he can cover there and play as a proper defender with experience any time.
When the rest of our defenders are available he can move into the defensive midfield role and be the best shield to our back line since Patrick Vieira.
He is 29 years old so he doesn’t have youth on his side, but is that a bad thing? We could always use more experience it our team and this guy has it in droves.
He has been the captain of Argentina and has an incredible 92 caps for his country.
Barcelona may also be willing to sell him considering their recent frantic search for defenders. They have made a bid for David Luiz and the media has said that they even want Daniel Agger and Jan Vertonghen.
They may not place Mascherano up for sale but they would surely consider it if we made an offer.
We need signings fast and we can solve many of our problems with this player. If you disagree then please let me know of another player with years of international and European experience who can play in defence and defensive midfield equally well and who is actually world class with no doubts over his ability.