All quiet on the transfer front.

January 22, 2010

Dear Readers,

Here we are, sitting in the trenches and waiting for the inevitable hostilities looming large on the horizon to commence. Our infirmary is bursting in its seams, leaving our troops decimated. To be brutally honest, we have just enough big guns to stand a chance of success in the big battles, leaving us with no choice but to send rookies into the lesser skirmishes and hope for the best. Our pleas to headquarters to send in reinforcements fall on deaf ears and it seems like we will have to pray for the Lady Luck to smile upon us and carry our battle hardened warriors unscathed through these tough times ahead of us…

Please forgive all these military references but we are at war afterall – it must be said that we have done admirably well so far this term, all things considered and it would be a great shame to let all this go to waste, given our dire injury situation. We are just about to enter the crucial two weeks that will show us what we are made of and define our season. Make no mistake: with all the players sidelined, if we collect seven points or more from the next four league games it will be  nothing short of heroic and will leave us with a real chance to win the title. However, the idea of entering this all important period with three fit senior midfielders, namely Cesc, Denilson and Rosicky doesn’t inspire confidence, does it?

Once again, I have just gone through the websites in the search of the transfer rumours, but the hacks seem to be hibernating, terrified by the mini Ice Age that brought chaos upon Blighty over the course of the last month or so. Yes, we have been linked with promising Fulham defender Chris Smalling, which may have a hint of truth about it, given than Arsene did not rule this out during his recent press conference. Then again, Roy Hodgson stated that there was no approach from our side, so I am not holding my breath. Some papers try to reheat Chamakh stories as well – yawn…

Man, this must be the most boring transfer window for as long as I care to remember – people are so desperate for any news and gossip, they seem to be grabbing onto any rumour they can with both hands. Some comedian circulated the ‘news’ that Edin Dzeko was seen at the Emirates on Wednesday and it went halfway around the world in a snap after being picked up by blogs and news sites. I think that indicates how much the Arsenal fans are crying out for Le Boss to strengthen the squad. It’s just 10 days before the not-so-silly season ends when the transfer window slams shut, yet, we did not make any move to bolster our squad options. Some will say ‘but we have signed Sol’, I will say ‘puh-lease’…

Arsene has already uttered the dreaded lines about injured players being like new signings and that we are unable to find anything better than we already have. And oh, we are also supposedly too busy thinking about the upcoming games to dip into our coffers. I mean, what is our extensive scouting network doing then? And what is the purpose of Ivan Gazidis? When Dein was with us, it was all about AW pointing his finger to a player and the chosen one was with us in no time like it was magic. I am resigned to see what comes out of ridiculous attempts to plug the holes using the ‘internal options’, which are nowhere near being ready: if some of our ‘senior’ players are showing that, then what about the younger ones? Ray in SF‘s  post on Le Grove sums it up perfectly:

‘…we are so close and the obvious pieces of the jigsaw are available in the transfer market but instead of buying them we’re taking out a pair of scissors and trying to make those pieces out of the box the jigsaw came in…’

Let us all kneel and pray to whatever we all believe in for Our Glorious Leader to see the light and sign some reinforcements – yes, we are close and yes, it’s our best chance for years, but as far as I am concerned, going into the few weeks ahead of us with what we have is not a gamble, but a suicide. Surely, AW must know how to calculate the corelation between the risk and gain, being the economics graduate, but this is the hearts of millions of fans we are talking about here.

Thank you for reading, what do you think?


  1. Get in there Suga, good work mate.

  2. thanks 😉

    long it may continue…

  3. dont hold your breath on any1 i say. too much depression associated with arsenal lately although we are top now. need to capitalise- smalling plus… mystery striker

  4. what can we make of Winterburn’s cheeky smile when asked about the new striker during the post game show?

    I know, I’m clutching at straws…

  5. Get you suga, hope all goes well for you with your new blog 🙂

  6. well written mate,

    I completely agree and honestly I was a little bit carried away from the Smalling rumour.. i really hoped for the Saha’s and Cole’s.

    And now our midfield has been completely shattered by injuries… Pisses you off knowing that the Chavs have 2 injured players and we have a million.

  7. booooooooom. 5th

  8. TNX, guys…

    sorry if you’re stuck in moderation for a few minutes, but things are getting quite hectic at work 😀

  9. Booooooom!! 10th 😀 lol. Get in there!!

  10. good man, slim 😉

  11. I’ve been referred by an other site and its not a bad experience to read this piece of article with entirely new diction used for the same circumstances.
    Very good article with a brief style of writing.
    Keep it up and keep hoping for good in next 15 days.

  12. thank you – sure, one can hope and I most certainly will 😉

    I bleed Red & White afterall…

  13. I hope by stating the obvious in a calm, constructive and entertaining way you get us closer to the reinforcements we need for a truly successful campaign.

    Good Read as always. Thanks.

  14. thanks Ray, hope you don’t mind quoting you 😉

  15. Pretty unrealistic of you. To think that any player, but especially a front man who lives off the moves and patterns of five others, could just step in a change things dramatically, is pretty naive. If Wenger bought him, he’d sit on the bench as he gets acclimated, aware of the team, and gains the credibility of the squad. Good for next year, sure — a partial contributor this year, maybe — but the person who turns the team that is leading the league now into the team that is leading the league after the next 16 days????

    Is that realistic? Can you honestly believe that a total stranger — and I exclude an Arshavin type with individual brilliance — can actually make more of a contribution than Little Mozart?

    Let’s get a striker, and downgrade the chances of Theo, Vela, and others to make their way.

    Let’s get another mid-fielder, because Merida, Wilshere, and others aren’t good enough.

    That’s what you all are saying. Live up to it,

  16. Joel: It was naive & unrealistic, with our injuries, etc., to expect us to be top of the league, but we are and we should defend that position aggressively…

    Doing nothing because Plan B might not work is unacceptable

    Strengthening the team is not necessarily a statement that the players you mentioned are not good enough, it is more a statement that they are not good enough right NOW in the sense of being ready

    Someone big to knockdown, holdup and adequate distribute the ball doesn’t necessarily have to have AA23’s and TR7’s skill-level to immediately add something to the team that is conspicuously missing at present

    Besides the skill-level of the current players may make Mr Big’s adaption less problematic than you think

    Wishful thinking? Absolutely.

    Naive and unrealistic? I hope not.

  17. not good enough? no.

    not ready to contribute week in week out in the best football league in the world? yes.

    like Ray said: it’s better to do something rather than just hope that everything turns out all right IMO…

    I think AA & TV have shown what buying proven quality brings to the table…

  18. Joel: Your point is well-taken and a fit and hungry TR is such a boost, but we have added a quality player in each of the last several transfer windows and I hope this trend continues.

    AA and TV show that the right player can fit in quite quickly.

    But back to your point, if we were going to bring someone in, why not the earlier the better to accelerate his adaptation and therefore maximize his contribution? Why wait this late?

  19. besides, counting on TR’s fitness is a massive gamble 😉

    I reckon we could do well with a few squad players – namely a competition for B52 and Song, as the former has none and Denilson is not a DM…

    then again, it’s my opinion and I am inclined to respectfully disagree with whoever thinks otherwise…

  20. Powodzenia SUGA!!!
    Mam nadzieję, że liczba komentarzy przekroczy kiedyś tą z Le Grove. Jako, że to mój pierwszy komentarz na Twojej stronie, pozwoliłem sobie go napisać w naszym języku.
    Będę tutaj częstym gościem!
    Pozdrawiam, Maciek.

  21. dzieki, zuchu 😉

    pisze niecaly miesiac, dzisiaj mam rekordowy traffic dzieki LG…

  22. Powodzenia rzeczywiście!

    JA też będzie częstym gościem.

    Okrzyki, Ray

  23. 😉

  24. Congrats Suga Free

    good work

    All the best

  25. what r u guys saying

  26. sixx,

    that’s Polish, just exchange of courtesies 😉

  27. Mine was meant to say…

    “Successes indeed!

    I will be a frequent visitor too.

    Cheers, Ray”

    but I think it starts with…

    Successes really!

    (Lucky it was an ! and not a ?)

    and ends with

    Outcries, Ray


    “I will be a frequent visitor too.”

    might be okay

    tricky thing language

  28. mine said:

    ‘Cheers, dawg’

    ‘I’ve been doing this for nearly a month, I’ve got record traffic today thanks to LG’

  29. Well done Suga.

    As always agree with everything you said. 100%.

    Wonder if you’ve heard the fantastic news that Wenger said its unlikely we’d get a striker.

  30. let us pray…


  31. Great another Arsenal blog for me to annoy my family and work colleagues with

  32. Well David I heard Bendtner would be like a new signing.

  33. nice one 😉

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