Today at ’North London Is Red’ I am delighted to welcome my first ever guest blogger, Cian Boyling (@ciansblog). Cian is a young up and coming blogger and I’m sure you are going to enjoy reading his post and the debate that is sure to rage on afterwards. Thanks @thedanielcowan. Take it away Cian…..
Hello fellow Gooners. I’m the newest addition to this whole blogging thing so don’t be too hard on me. Thanks to Daniel for giving me the opportunity to post on his website.
So as the title says, I’m going to be talking about Jose Bosingwa who has been released on a free transfer by Chelsea. I think a player of his ability and experience could be of great use to Arsenal next season as we are severely lacking in players that have the experience of not just challenging but actually winning league titles. Gervinho and Chamakh have won the French league but apart from that no-one in our club has been part of a title-winning side. We are also lacking in players that have experience of the premier league. Bosingwa could bring both of those to us.
Bosingwa has won 2 Champions Leagues, 3 Portuguese Leagues, 1 Premier League title and 3 FA Cups. He has made 24 appearances for Portugal, starring in Euro 2008 and being included in the team of the tournament. He is now retired from international football which is another plus as he can’t get injured or fatigued while others are off on duty.
Bosingwa was outstanding in Chelsea’s unfortunate Champions League run and eventual triumph. After replacing Gary Cahill after 12 minutes against Barcelona he played out of position for 78 minutes and acquitted himself well against one of the best club sides of all time. Then in the final he gagged and tied Franc Ribery, one of the best wingers in football, and kept him quiet as a mouse. He also kept Messi quiet for an entire game in 2009, only our very own Koscielny can say the same thing.
Some may say that he is too obsessed with bombing forward and leaves the defence open and whilst I agree this was a problem when he was younger I believe that this season, in the games I watched him, he was not too reckless in his attacking. He had a good sense of when and when not to go forward, which is essential for all full-backs. He has lost a bit of pace but I believe him to still be one of the fastest full-backs in the league.
With Sagna out again and Jenkinson not yet ready for the role I believe we are in need of a right-back. If we signed Bosingwa we would have an international defender to cover for Sagna and we could loan out Jenkinson to gain experience. I believe this would stop us having to play Coquelin or Koscielny out of position. Win-win.
Acquisitions like this have a history of working out well. For example:
Paul Scholes came back into a Man Utd team lacking creativity and leadership.They had just lost to Newcastle 3-0 and their title challenge was looking shaky and their summer acquisitions were showing their inexperience of challenging for titles. The desire to win seemed to be dwindling. On 8th Jan he came back to help United beat City and United subsequently went on an unbeaten run in the league that lasted two months. He scored 4 goals and held the whole team together and was by far their best player. He brought back that winning mentality and experience of challenging for titles and helped them to second place on goal difference alone.
Sol Campbell came to Arsenal in one of the most infamous transfers in football history. Having played for Spurs, Sol obviously never won much so naturally his desire to win and his desire to be the best led him to Arsenal. He had what Bosingwa has; bags of experience. He had played for 9 years in the league already so like Bosingwa he was used to the league and he could slot straight into our team.He had already played in 3 major international tournaments,starring in 2 of them. Bosingwa’s switch could be similar to Sol’s; leaving on a free to one of his teams arch rivals.
Mikel Arteta has been our best signing for a long time. He was criticized for being a poor man’s Fabregas when he joined but in reality he is a completely different player and exactly what we needed. Arteta above all others, even RVP, brought a sense of calmness, confidence and experience to the situation the club was in. We had just lost our two most valuable players and had lost 8-2 to United, probably the clubs most embarrassing day ever. Arteta came in, took the hold of the defensive midfielder job and just simply controlled the pitch allowing the others to display their attacking skills. He quickly became one of our most influential and important players confirmed by the fact that we only won one game without him.
It’s clear that players of experience and talent in the right team can make a huge difference and our January form demonstrated how important having full-backs is. So my opinion is that a move for Bosingwa would be a very smart move indeed.
So that’s my first ever blog guys, let me know what you think and please follow me on twitter @CiansBlog. Thanks again Daniel for this opportunity.
Well done Cian. It’s a decent proposal and one that I’m sure could have merit. I’m certain there will be lots of views from both sides of the fence.
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