Rest easy, Wenger DOES have one eye on summer signings

By Avenell Dave

There's been a lot of talk lately about who Arsene Wenger should buy.

There's been even more conversation about why Arsene Wenger hasn't made signings over the past year, especially having sold two players for £40million.

No one really knows apart from those at the club what has really been the reason behind the lack of signings.

Could it really be Le Boss's faith in the likes of Denilson, Jack Wilshere, Carlos Vela and Lukasz Fabianksi?

Or is it a genuine strategy by the club to become debt free as soon as possible and expect Wenger to remain competitive while selling key players at the rate of one a season?

My neighbour at Dubaibury made the valid point at the weekend that while we all complain about the loss of talent too early and the limited philosophy of refusing to offer older players longer-term deals, we only have to look north to see how it can work.

I hate to use RedN*se Fergie as a role model, but the likes of Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes have shown that retaining veterans can provide experience, talent and useful resources that the current Arsenal strategy simply doesn't have.

Do we have enough 'been there, done it' players?

No, I don't think we do. The re-signing of Sol Campbell, who would probably have enjoyed a few more years at Arsenal if he hadn't gone AWOL after a lacklustre display against West Ham a few years ago, at elast shows that Wenger realises the value of blending youthful exuberance with elder grit and grind.

So it was refreshing to read an interview in Saturday's Times where he admits that Wenger has already told him he is looking for older players in the summer.

It's easy to forget that two years ago, Wenger spent a reported £20m on two players with a comobined age of 38 - Samir Nasri and Aaron Ramsey.

Campbell slated Denilson for putting him in trouble early on against Porto - and we need more people to stand up and be counted like that.

Why is Fabianski not coming out and saying he knows he messed up or even Denilson, who was a passenger for much of that Champions League game?

And while Campbell wants to remain at Arsenal beyond his six month contract, he admitted that it depends on Wenger's shopping in the summer.

Campbell said: "I think I can keep myself fit and play top football for the next two to three years. This season and at least another two. I’m here for six months, and if something happens, something happens.

"If not I’ll have to look elsewhere. The manager’s told me I’ve got to the end of the season and he’s looking for other players, but I want to play as many games as possible for Arsenal and help them to win something.

"It’s a younger team now. I think in the next couple of years the gaffer will address that and redress the balance. I’m sure he’ll bring in some more mature players."

Is that speculation or the words of a player who can see what we all see? That Arsenal have so much talent but not enough competitiors to raise the kids when the going gets tough?

Time will tell if Big Sol's comments are wide of the mark or not, but I'm going to take it as a sign that Maroune Chamakh may not be the only arrival in the summer who is over 22.

Whatever happens this season, we need to push on and strengthen and Le Boss knows it too.