We’re signing someone! No we’re not. Why haven’t we signed someone? We have two players for each position. We need more players. We have a big squad. He will be like a new signing. Other teams are signing players. There’s no quality available in January. Such and such is available. Arsène knows. Wenger out. Sack the board.
These are just a few of the things that clog up my timeline on Twitter and have caused so many of my favourite tweeps to take month-long hiatuses.
It’s boring. It’s so bloody boring. I hate the January transfer window and sympathise with Wenger when he says it should be removed or limited.
It’s painful supporting a club, any club, that you feel needs improving who aren’t signing players in the transfer window. It’s especially hard when you see the club moving players out on loan, reducing the squad depth and not replacing them at all.
This month we’ve been linked with so many players and as the deadline looms ever closer the tension is mounting and most Gooners are primed for explosion. If we don’t sign someone most of our fans will explode. If we do sign someone, most of our fans will explode because it’ll be the wrong signing or we didn’t make enough signings. Twitter is full of people foaming at the mouth and smashing ten bells out of their keyboard or mobile device with every second that goes by that Arsenal do not announce a signing.
Things are made worse by the constant baiting and trolling from fake ITK’s desperate for attention making up crap left, right and centre luring in the gullible and inexperienced fans.
If all the rumours were true then this month we would have signed Villa, Cavani, Falcao, Götze, Hummels, Diame, Yanga-Mbiwa, Zaha, Wanyama, Cesar, M’Vila, Capoue, Gourcuff, Llorente, Imbula, Aurier, Sneijder, Baines, Shaw and Nani…. and a few more I’m sure I’ve forgotten.
I do think we need a few new signings but I also feel we have a decent squad and with more time together and maybe a few formation tweaks from game to game we could be consistently dangerous.
If we don’t sign any players I’ll be a little disappointed but unlike many of my fellow Gooners with veins throbbing angrily in their temples I won’t be bursting any blood vessels over it.
The thing that has annoyed me more than anything over the past year and especially in this transfer window is the hypocritical opinions with regards to certain signings.
Whilst they are all very good players I have seen people go bat-shit crazy over “missing out” on players like Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Cisse, Cabaye, Dempsey, Sahin, Vertonghen and Allen, yes Joe Allen.
The hypocrisy of this is ludicrous but the irony of it is extremely entertaining to me. Most of the people who get so wound up over these players joining other clubs are the ones that scream “I want my Arsenal back” and “We HAVE to win titles, top 4 isn’t good enough” (I’ve always maintained that we are not entitled to trophies).
When did we turn into supporters that wishes we signed players that Europa league clubs at best signed with no issue?
When did we turn into a club that battles with Newcastle, Spurs and Liverpool for players?
Why did we wish for Cabaye when statistically an out of form Ramsey was performing at a similar standard and contributing at a similar level? Surely it makes sense to keep the money and let Ramsey contribute to the same level as Cabaye until he hits form and shows that he is Cabaye’s superior not his equal.
Why wish for Vertonghen when you know he isn’t going to be a regular? And now that he has gone to Tottenham and cited regular football as a reason, why still wish for him? He has proven that he hasn’t got the belief in himself to fight for a place at Arsenal so why would you want to trust him to improve our defence?
The same goes for Yanga-Mbiwa. I really like the guy and I think he would have been a great signing but I don’t feel like we’ve missed out. If Wenger wanted him but he chose Newcastle then I’m not going to feel we missed out because there would’ve been a reason he chose Newcastle over us.
And now the furore over Diame. If he was going to improve us that much do you not think Wenger would buy him? He only costs £3.5m and is proven in the league. Squillaci cost £4m. Wenger wouldn’t think twice about spending £3.5m on a player like that if he thought he would be an asset. I’m not saying Wenger is right nor am I saying he is wrong but I have to respect his opinion on signings. Another issue is, if he was that good why didn’t Wenger sign him when he was free? Some will say that it was because he was injured but I say they are forgetting Amaury Bischoff.
Arsène signed Bischoff despite him carrying an injury because he felt he could be an asset if fit. It didn’t work out so he let the player go. He could have easily done that with Diame.
I want us to sign some players before next Thursday, I really do, but I want them to be the right type of player. Wenger gets stick for saying he’ll only buy if he sees quality and many say that quality like Diame and the rest mentioned is staring him in the face but he’s too stubborn to see it.
I’ll have to go with Wenger on this one. We have a choice, or rather Arsenal have a choice. They can either rival Newcastle, Spurs and Liverpool etc for players and accept a role as an outside chance for top 4 at best or they can aim high and sign the quality that is needed to take us to the level of United, Chelsea and City.
I’d rather we tried to sign players that are worthy of our ambition, ie the sort of player that could get into Chelsea’s, City’s or United’s team.
Some may say that we can sign the lower quality for now and get rid of them when we’re closer to the top but I say to them that signing those sorts of players won’t get us to the top and even if it did we’d struggle to improve further because of limited squad places. We’ve seen how hard it is to get rid of players we don’t want any more. Do we really want to go through that again? I can guarantee that the same people screaming for Diame or any other player of that level will be screaming for us to sell him and call him deadwood within 18 months. Not because he is a bad player, but because he’ll no longer be what they consider “Arsenal level”.
Cazorla, Giroud and Podolski are signings that are our level and the types of signings I want to see but let us not worry about who may or may not sign and let us not worry if we don’t sign anyone come February first.
Better to have a tasty dish that needs a little something extra and leave it as it is than to spoil it by putting in the wrong seasoning.
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