First, I apologize for no post in the past 3-4 days. I was somewhat busy through that period and even if I wasn’t, I had very little to write about. Couple that with the ongoing French Open and there was very little or no time to write. As you might know, India’s Sania Mirza reached the Women’s Doubles Final. I won’t say she’s a good enough player because she isn’t but it is sure as hell I wanted her to win. Sadly she didn’t. There was also the small matter of the Men’s semifinals the latter of which was completely heart-throbbing and exciting. But nonetheless, lets talk about Arsenal, shouldn’t we?
Now as one might expect, the transfer rumors are circulating around the web as fast as Bolt himself. And you’d think you’re somewhat in a dream when the likes of Benzema,Falcao,Higuan,Hazard and co are all linked at the same time to your favorite club. And then comes everyones Dream XI for the next year. I confess even I like to do such things but are they really worth it.
Here’s the point I’m trying to make.
The core of this Arsenal team is well and truly there and all it needs is some tweaks here and there. That probably means around 2-3 or at max. 4 new players combined with the young-blooded youth players. There’s wouldn’t even be that many changes in the first team though. Just 1 or 2. So is it safe to say that with a Parker or a Samba or even a Benzema in our team, would we seriously improve. Remember it’ll be their first season with us and to make a straight impact at a club like Arsenal is, to put it politely, not an easy task.
It’s not that no one does that. Some actually do. But that number is very minute. Especially those players coming from outside the club, or in a worse case, outside the country. That’s why Wilshere and Szczesny are now first-team regulars. And Squillaci is not. I agree that Koscielny and, to a lesser extent Chamakh, have had a very solid first season in England but we all know how Chamakh faded in the 2nd half.
Like the last season, I expect our own youth players to outperform the players brought from outside. Its not that I’m saying the new signings would be worthless as they won’t be. A Parker will provide much-needed depth and steel to our midfield. Any goal-poacher will finish the ample chances our forwards love to create and miss. A versatile defender would add quality and quantity to our back-line. But the impact won’t be huge. It ain’t supposed to be. And even if it isn’t, these players are required. For me, to provide freshness to the squad. A spark which we’ve lacked recently. A leader to man up the team when it gets tough. But that doesn’t mean he has to be from outside. A look at Wilshere this season supports my argument.
So all in all, no matter how little minority of fans might accept this, new players would in most cases fail to make a very big impact. There might be an exception.That’s what I hope for. But it will have to be the current players to step it up to show the world what “The Arsenal” stands for.