By Avenell Dave
A brief chat with Graham Mac this morning highlighted his fears that loaning out Phil Senderos to Everton brought us no benefits whatsoever.
Of course, especially with the injuries and necessity for the team to all be pulling in the same direction, we need all our players to be happy and fighting for the cause.
But I appreciate the argument that loaning him, probably for a small fee, does nothing for us given that we could and perhaps should have sold him last summer.
We’ve helped his World Cup dreams but in the light of Thomas Vermaelen’s possible leg break, loaning him out before the transfer window was perhaps premature.
My feeling is that Wenger had totally fallen out of love with Senderos, for whatever reason, and the fact that the Swiss has maintained a dignified silence is a credit to him in this age of moaning footballers.
Did Wenger think he’d signed Chris Smalling?
Will Arsenal CEO Ivan Gazidis be urged to push the boat out to sign the Fulham giant in the slim possibility that he hasn’t yet put pen to paper on his deal with Manchester United?
Will we accelerate the signing of other targets even if they’re cup tied in Europe?
Does Wenger now seek to push Kyle Bartley into the first team or does he have faith in Mikael Silvestre (please Lord no!).
The fact is, we can never foresee what might happen in any particular game and Wenger is obsessive about getting the balance between having a squad which is stretched to breaking point and one which is not carrying spare players who kick their heels more often than play.
We’re just not in a position to pay mega money every season for players until the stadium is paid off and the Gazidis plan is fully in motion (which on its own could take another year to fully implement and start seeing the benefits from).
If Vermaelen only has a damaged nerve, Wenger may well put off his pursuit of a defender until the summer, when we could arguably lose Sol Campbell (who did well again last night), William Gallas and Silvestre.
The return of Nick Bendtner isn’t the answer to our centre forward issues either – he misses more than he scores and he will take more time to get match fit and even longer to hone his craft. He’s not the finished article.
I thought at the start of the month that Wenger would sign two players, a midfielder and a forward.
How wrong I was!
At least Big Sol has slotted in as if he’s never been away and the fact that he can play in Europe is a bonus. Wenger has made him work really really hard to win a contract and that has benefited us all.
Will there be any signings before the deadline on Monday?
Somehow, I doubt it.
But I’ve been wrong before, so maybe I’ll be wrong again...