December 31, 2008 by
Martin @ thegoonblog.com
Well now you have caught your breath back from reading that essay of a title i’ll delve right into it!
A Fair bit kicking around today and its mostly transfer speculation with no less than four names linked with arrivals and departures.
Toure is being linked with a Â£10 million move away from us after an apparent bust up with William Gallas; im not really sure what to make of it. It would make some sense as they are just incapable of defending together and since Toure got injured at the ACN last season he has not been half the player he once was, he is clearly overweight and is just utterly erratic. Im a massive fan of his but at the moment if there was a choice of either Gallas or Toure leaving us it would have to be Toure.
A ‘source’ close to Toure is alleged to have said:
Kolo doesnâ€™t want to stay â€“ he cannot stand Gallas and Gallas cannot stand him,â€
â€œGallas is showing him complete disrespect and Kolo believes heâ€™s been mouthing off to Wenger about them not being able to play together and Wenger is listening to him.â€
Well the fact is they cant play together, they are exactly the same type of player and they have no communication either, I dont know what is wrong with Kolo but he is not normally a player surrounded by speculation like he is at the moment and it might just mean there is something up.
This brings me onto a player we have seen twice this season in the shape of Dynamo Kiev’s Pape Diakhate. When we played against Kiev he was outstanding on both occasions, again, a Â£10 million price tag is on his head. Its not the sort of easy link to be made by a paper, its not a ‘Wenger eyes up Arshavin’ sort of headline. There might be an element of truth in it after last summer Wenger admitted the defence needed strengthening and then brought in Silvestre, maybe he wants a better defender this time?
Noise Is Getting Louder
In a day where the headlines seem to be a little quieter on the Arshavin links there are more realistic targets for once, one in the shape of Arteta who is in my opinion one of the best central midfielders in the Premiership. He has been in great form this season and could well be a target with a Â£12 million price tag suggested, it does seem a little cheap but Everton might just have to sell some players if they are to get any players in, and they are in dire need of a decent striker. Its possible i suppose and he does already boast Premier League experience but we really do need to be looking at a good defensive midfielder as a matter of urgency. I feel thats where our biggest problems lie, along with a decent winger but i’ll come back to that later on.
According to The Sport we have failed in a bid to take Veloso on loan, not in a billion years would that have ever happened! He has apparently fallen out with his boss but really, a class player like him would never be available for loan.
Going back to the subject of wingers, i do feel that we need some genuine width, we will probably have Barazite returning for the second half of the season and he is a good player out wide ive heard but he is by no means a natural wideman, we need a player in the Ashley Young mould, where we will get one i really have no idea. I don’t see any on the market either, the closest i could possibly come up with is Bastian Sweinsteiger and i really, really, hate his hair.
If we get a defensive midfielder we could find a lot of our defensive problems vanish, i think Djourou and Gallas are potentially a very good partnership, however, the defensive midfielder is a matter of urgency and i don’t know if Arsene will fix it. He doesn’t give a fig about the defence and never has done.
I hope he does now for all our sakes after Villa fluked another win tonight.
Wenger has also made some rather crazy comments about us ‘dominating’ the league, i wonder what he has been smoking because i want some! They really are crazy comments undoubtedly aimed at making his troops more confident. This kind of stuff is really starting to grate Gooners all over the place and Gooner14 has previously said to me how Wenger might be ‘losing it’ and comments like this do not dispel such opinions.
Now a question for you…
Who are your top 5 Arsenal targets and why?
leave your thoughts in the comments!
Just to get a broader prospective of things.
Anyway, back later or tomorrow.