I have nothing to back that statement up but it is just a hunch I have.
I like making predictions and my last one turned out to be true, I said Fabregas would play against Villa, and he did.
For the best part of January and February the squad at Arsene’s disposal will be threadbare, especially after Fabregas and Denilson were injured yesterday. Cesc could miss the best part of a month if he has injured his hamstring again and with Song on ACN duty we have no defensive minded midfielder and we will also miss the world-class bit of cutting edge Cesc gives us.
Up front we should have Bendtner returning in a week or so which will mean we have some physical presence and
therefore my reckoning is the boss will focus on defence and midfield which as I said before, will be getting pretty lightweight.
Whilst I don’t think our forwards will start smashing in the goals like Pele I am backing Eduardo to recover his form and enjoy a better 2010 than ’09, an in form Eduardo is one of the best predators in the league, Vela will hopefully get some confidence and prove his talent and Walcott is starting to show signs of an upturn in form after an injury plagued last 6-12 months and his performance on Sunday showed that his pace scares defenders. We won’t see van Persie back this season if we are going to be realistic but we will have to make do, we have Arshavin who really comes out in the big games and our attacking threats match any of those in the league.
With the absence of the brilliant Alex Song, the hard working and industrious Denilson and our talisman Cesc Fabregas we will be reliant on the enigmatic Diaby, tenacious but peripheral Nasri and the outstanding talent of Aaron Ramsey – but his youth means he is prone to both brilliant and awful performances.
We will have Rosicky returning but who’s to say he won’t get injured again, a short-term problem is again turning into something more sinister.
The main problem, and you won’t guess it, is our defence. Senderos if rightly going to leave after some diabolical treatment from the club, Djourou is not going to re-appear in the near future and with Gallas picking up a bad injury in every season he has been with us… the chances of his missing games at some point this season is pretty high. The only back up is Silvestre who is not all that convincing. A center back with experience who is happy to play second fiddle to Vermaelen and Gallas would be most welcome and not all that expensive, that is why I think the boss will look into this area.
Arsene has done some of his best business in the January transfer window and this month could be just as dead as it is active, but my gut feeling is that we will see a new face or two. A midfielder and a defender, a striker is not a matter of urgency – Bendtner is rated very highly within Ashburton Grove’s corridors.
The comments from the boss yesterday seem to hint at his looking for new players to add to his squad: “I’ve said we will keep our eyes open and if a good opportunity turns up we will do it. But at the moment I haven’t got any. I will have to look maybe as well at midfielders and how big the damage is. If we lose Denilson and Fabregas we will be short there. I don’t know yet.”
It is a massive month January, we can’t miss out on success because of injuries again and the boss won’t let that happen again. We have to keep our consistency because as Wenger has said; it is the most consistent team that will win the title this season.