By Avenell Dave
Dear Mr Wenger,
Do you remember how us Gooners felt last summer when at 00.01 on September 1 it finally dawned on us all that you weren’t going to sign any more players?
Having lost Alex Hleb, Mathieu Flamini and Gilberto Silva and let Phil Senderos go out on loan, we got not a lot back in return.
Sure, Samir Nasri is a talent who will only get better – and the same goes for Aaron Ramsey but the less said about Mikael Silvestre, the better.
I’ve heard plenty of rumours that we were very close to signing a few players, Xavi Alonso being one of them before the Gareth Barry move broke down.
Nearly is not good enough – at least, not two seasons in a row.
You left it six months too late to sign the blue riband player that would excite the fans and give us something truly, immediately world class.
Most of us kind of hoped the impact Andrey Arshavin had on our run-in last season would remind you that all the promise in the world is no substitute for pure class.
The departure of Emmanuel Adebayor is something we all welcome because he was a negative player for the fans and probably in the dressing room as well. Congratulations on agreeing such a hefty sum for his registration.
But having shelled out for hugely expensive season tickets and recalling how indifferent we could be at times last season, we need new faces to galvanise this team.
We are crying out for a defensive midfielder, and when we see that Lorik Cana is off to Hamburg or Everton, that Gokhan Inler doesn’t want to join us and that Felipe Melo is to join Juventus, it makes us wonder what on earth is going on?
Why are we not ahead of the game, signing players before the bidding auction begins?
Why are we linked with a move for Marouane Chamakh just because he has a £7m buyout clause when he has more footage of spectacular misses than of great goals on YouTube, has a record of almost one in four and will hardly see the team improve?
Why are we not snapping up talent such as the unwanted Dutchmen at Real Madrid who would truly enhance the team and make us stronger than we were last season?
Would Klass Huntelaar really prefer Stuttgart to Arsenal? I doubt it - and his record suggests he could score goals at the very top level.
Project Youth is all well and good and I salute your dedication, but we cannot presume every player will continue to progress the more playing time they have. Some players have a limit and sadly, at Arsenal, we have some squad members who are simply not going to be world beaters.
Don’t agree with me? Have a think about how many of our team our biggest rivals would seriously consider signing. RvP, Theo Walcott, (on reputation if not performance), Cesc Fabregas of course and Arshavin is probably the sum of it, although I concede Gael Clichy and Bacary Sagna may be of interest as well.
A couple of world class new faces would lift the fans, would lift the team and help the youngsters grow into the players you believe they should become.
Carry on with what we’ve got and even your staunchest supporters are going to scratch their heads wondering what on earth is going on.
And instead of entering the new season on a wave of optimism, the doubters will grow and you will find yourself 'swimming against the stream' once more with no one to blame than yourself.
Get your chequebook out Mr Wenger – you know it makes sense.