Thursday 2 January 2014

Arsenal should say 'hello' to transfer kitty

Nine points from 3 games over the Xmas period, featuring two tough away games at West Ham and Newcastle and the difficult visit of the manager less Cardiff, trying to impress their manager-in-waiting, Solskjaer. So we can't moan, can we? Even Rosicky has had a man-of-the match performance (versus Newcastle away) so that's when you know anything is possible!
But when you're on the crest of a wave, that's when you've got to look out for the next trough. That possible dip may come in the shape of a lack of depth in the squad: quel surpris!
The scary thing about this is Arsenal being linked to Berbatov by The Sun. Yes, he has talent, but what would he do to team morale? I'd urge Wenger not to bring in the temperamental Bulgarian, who lacks the fighting spirit typified by Arsenal's 2013-2014 team.
However, it looks like Wenger will have to consider bringing someone in as a stop-gap signing to fill the boots of the injured Giroud and Bendtner. It's either that or we have to rely on the returning Podolski, who will take time to get back to his very best.
Other options are playing Theo Walcott through the middle, but Wenger's been reluctant to do this on a regular basis. I'd even consider put Gnabry there, but that might be too much pressure for the youngster to bear.
The best case scenario would be to buy Suarez from Liverpool, as he could play up by himself or behind a main target man like Giroud (when he returns to fitness). Somehow, I can't see it happening, so it's just wishful thinking, unfortunately. Our bid would have to be astronomical for the Reds to consider selling and, despite the Ozil fee, we generally do parsimony better than extravagance when it comes to transfers.
If there's any real chance of Thierry Henry coming back though, I wouldn't rule that out. It's always good to see Le Legend at the Emirates in the crowd, but the best place to see him is out on the pitch.
One thing's for sure: we need to do out business early with the FA Cup game against the revitalised Spurs upon us. My guess is we'll wait until transfer deadline day and reassess the situation then, before dipping into the transfer kitty. In fact, it's the sort of 'Kitty' we don't say 'Hello' to very often.

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