By 1970’s Gooner
We have seen it all seen it before.
During the pre season Arsene signs a few unknown, usually French or French speaking, players with immense potential.
During their debut season, they show that they are stars in the making but unfortunately the whole team implodes when the business part of the season descends upon them.
I say the whole team because the rest of the players are mostly all foreign and young.
And as soon as one of the players reaches maturity and actually achieves that star status that was predicted he wants off because he realises that he will probably miss out during his prime years on those trophies and titles that he feels he richly deserves.
Fabregas and Nasri this year, van Persie will be next and Wilshere in a few years time.
We also all know as well that what is needed for this squad to achieve anything is not only height as Mr Wenger seems to believe but British height and British experience. And these I feel are the important parts of the missing jigsaw.
This is an English League and it is played in a slightly different way than on the continent. This is very evident in defence. You need a goalie who will be comfortable in coming for crosses especially from dead ball situations.
Equally you need defenders who can get physical if required as well as deal with the high balls into the box. Sadly we have been missing all these.
Midfielders too, both central and wide. They need to be tenacious in their tackling as well as be prepared to track back and help their full backs. Something that Nasri and Arshavin often failed to do last season.
Brad Friedel is American but he has been playing in the Premier League for the last decade. His goalkeeping skills have been twigged to fit in and respond to the rigours of the highly demanding Premier league.
Would not Sczezny benefit alongside a so experienced goalie as Friedel? Who being 40 would provide the experience, maturity and stability that a young goalie surely needs.
Yet it is Redknap who has snapped him up not Arsene Wenger.
This looks like another gross error that was committed a few years back when Edwin van de Sar was available and willing to join Arsenal from Fulham on a free!!!!
That was in 2005. we haven’t won anything since 2005.
In midfield Scott Parker looks to be on his way to Tottenham rather than Arsenal. Granted he is 30 but he has a few years left in him. Enough to provide that British steel that we need in our midfield.
Yet once again Redknap is stealing a march on us.
Our patience is running out. It is obvious what Arsenal need to make that step forward.
But it is Redknap who is doing all the deals that Arsene Wenger should be….