The Arsenal Addict team suspects it’s not alone in feeling somewhat deflated this morning after a day of rumours and counter-rumours ended with the Gunners signing no one as the transfer deadline came and went.
Just as many Gooners felt we needed to strengthen last January in order to maintain our momentum – before Eduardo’s injury and other factors put the brakes on our bid for glory – so too do we Addicts feel the squad could have done with a couple of reinforcements after all the departures this summer.
Arsene Wenger clearly feels that his young Guns have what it takes to compete without the need for further investment – and the Fulham disaster 10 days ago clearly didn’t shake his determination to give the kids a chance.
Whether the lack of signings was really down to Wenger being comfortable with the squad, or a lack of cash, or simply that the players he wanted were not available and deals could not be done, we’ll probably never know.
But while all Gooners are feeling glum, we thought we’d try to cheer you up on this dreary and despondent morning.
- Samir Nasri is playing as if he has been at Arsenal for years. Two goals in his first four matches is a ratio he’s unlikely to maintain, but his overall performances have confirmed that he is a player of incredible skill – with a tough exterior to match.
- Theo Walcott is starting to play in the manner we’ve hoped for. His goal against FC Twente was understandably likened to finishing by a certain T. Henry – and although he missed a great chance against Newcastle, the boy is starting to look the business.
- With Ch*vski and Liverpool both drawing, the defeat at Fulham has left us only a point behind our nearest rivals. It may be early days in the title race, but every member of the Big Four has dropped points and even if M*nure win their game in hand, they’ll still only be one point ahead of us.
- Tomas Rosicky should be back in action by the end of the month. The Czech captain gives an added dimension to our team and can take the responsibility of midfield playmaker when Le Boss wants to rest Cesc Fabregas.
- Alex Song has grown from a headless chicken to a player of real potential in the lt 12 months. With Abou Diaby also expected to be fit soon after the international break, we could have two quality DMs competing for the position alongside Cesc.
- Carlos Vela looks to be one hell of a player. Not afraid to impose himself against Newcastle, not for this Mexican a modest ease-yourself-in debut in front of 60,000 fans. I expect him to create a sensation this season. No pressure then.
- The entire Premiership wrote us off last season and we came within a win and a draw of winning the title despite losing three of our main attacking players for half the season - this year will seethse young players using their added experience to great effect.