No sooner has Wenger got the fans relaxed he proceeds to stress them out once more






We can’t have a stress-free transfer  window, can we?

The signings of Granit Xhaka, Skhodran Mustafi and Lucas Pérez seemed to finally complete a squad that was desperately calling for reinforcements, but the joy didn’t last much.

Perez in but not for wing surely?

Perez in but not for wing surely?

We just overcame the terrifying idea of Arsène Wenger not replacing the injured pair Per Mertesacker-Gabriel and counting on Yaya Sanogo to challenge Olivier Giroud for a spot upfront, when worrying rumors about Calum Chambers being very close to join Middlesbrough on loan came out; shortly after, reports emerged about Jack Wilshere being made available for a temporary switch to another Premier League Club and finally news broke that Serge Gnabry is closing on Arsenal exit, with Werder Bremen keen on snapping him away from the Emirates Stadium – although it remains unclear whether the transfer would be permanent or temporary.

Add to that the inevitable sale of Mathieu Débuchy, plus Joel Campbell already training with Sporting in Portugal and the squad is much thinner than wished, especially at the back.

It’s true that Gabriel will be available again in a couple of months and so will be Carl Jenkinson, but why is Arsène Wenger taking the unnecessary risk of leaving the defensive unit that short?

Hector Bellerín virtually has no back-up and the only options available today would be moving Shkodran Mustafi at right-back – which will leave our centre-halves contingent short – or deploying Francis Coquelin there, in a very Flaminiesque move.

Why not wait until January>

Why not wait until January>

I understand that it is unfair to freeze Calum Chambers out and block his loan move but I wish Arsène Wenger was a bit more ruthless from time to time, putting the Club’s interests above his players’ and taking drastic decisions; how much harm can four months of very limited first-team football do to Calum Chambers’ career?

He could leave in January, when Per Mertesacker would also be back, and get the minutes he needs until June, before a final decision is made about his future: Arsène Wenger doesn’t seem to trust him, Rob Holding has already leapfrogged him in the pecking order and it is very likely that Calum Chambers will fight against Gabriel to stay at the Club – as one of them seems to be on his way at the end of the season.

Thumbs up from Jack and club to a loan

Thumbs up from Jack and club to a loan

The situation is slightly different for Jack Wilshere: the arrivals of Mohamed Elneny and Granit Xhaka have brought his chances to play in centre midfield down to zero, the competition is way too strong for a player who simply cannot stay fit long enough to fight for his place.

With Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin – plus the former FC Basel duo – battling for the two spots in front of our back four line, I thought that Jack Wilshere could be used in a more advanced role, perhaps even wide, where he could run at opponents and provide some much-needed urgency, pace and trickery in areas where Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott struggle to create dangers consistently.

The fact that Arsène Wenger doesn’t consider Jack Wilshere as a viable option for those roles, despite giving him his debut at left-wing, is a bad news for the player himself – especially as competition in midfield isn’t ageing that much (except Santi Cazorla).

It feels like a very last chance he’s given to prove his fitness and demonstrate he can have a future at the Club, Arsène Wenger seems ready to draw a line on Jack Wilshere career at the Arsenal, unless the midfielder manages to re-born away from the Emirates Stadium.

Along Jack Wilshere, there is another player who could have pushed for a place in the attacking trio of midfielders but is moving away, instead; of course, I am talking about Serge Gnabry.

Why loan Serge too?

Why loan Serge too?

The German had an outstanding Olympic tournament and was named Germany’s best player, a well-deserved reward after his nightmare spell at West Brom last season, and looked ready to battle for a place in the team.

Arsène Wenger wanted to extend his contract and give him a chance, instead the player seems on the verge of a switch to Werder Bremen, with Bayern Munich also rumoured to be interested.

Losing such a talent would be sad but it would also leave us with very little wide players available: as said, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott aren’t consistent enough to provide the goals and assists needed to compete at the top, while Alex Iwobi – currently injured – is still young and raw, although extremely promising; Joel Campbell is gone, Alexis Sánchez is still a striker in Arsène Wenger’s mind and the new boy Lucas Pérez is the only alternative we have, today.

The Spanish guy has successfully made the transition from being a winger to being a striker, it would be confusing to consider him as a wide player again, especially following Arsène Wenger’s comments about his finishing skills.

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Are we going into the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and Capital One Cup with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott and Alex Iwobi as our recognized wingers – counting on Alexis Sánchez, Lucas Pérez and the returning Danny Welbeck to come in when needed?

It would be risky and would bring the team a step backwards after the excellent job done in the transfers window, so far.

Sure, it would give players like Jeff Reine-Adelaïde and Chris Willock a chance to get some first-team football but it would make us a Club neglecting the present for a hypothetical future success – again.

We have great players, we have experienced professionals in their peak years, should we really take the risk of sacrificing that on the altar of youth?

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11 Responses to No sooner has Wenger got the fans relaxed he proceeds to stress them out once more

  1. Brian Dawes August 31, 2016 at 8:04 am #

    Bellerin is not without cover – he has any of our holding midfield players as cover. Remember Flamini playing half a season at left back?

    • AndreaR August 31, 2016 at 9:53 am #

      Hi Brian,

      that’s the point, should we really get back to the days Flamini was playing at full-back?
      I’d rather keep Chambers at the Club for a few months, instead.
      It’s been a great transfers window but we’re taking unnecessary gambles, in my opinion.

  2. Belemo August 31, 2016 at 8:27 am #

    This write up was poorly thought out. firstly, Callum Chambers going out on loam does not leave us short at the back, in the event of a Bellerin injury, we have Holding and Mustafi who have all played as right backs, its better for every party if chambers goes out on loan. secondly, Jack may be talented but he’s not a winger, Theo, Ox, Iwobi, will all be ahead of him in the pecking order because they’re simply note suited to the role and the assumption that Jack is going out on loan is unfounded, it might just be a rumour that your getting worked up over.
    Thirdly, in the event that these players indeed do go out on loan, we can always recall them in emergency situations, just like we did with Coq, so there’s no need to panick.

    Fourthly, Serge is a good player but needs to start somewhere else and grow. Selling him with a buy-back option seems like a good idea to me. Let’s see what he can somewhere else.

    Finally, Alexis isn’t a striker, though can be deployed in the centre, it does actually mean he stays there, for much of the game against Watford, Walcott occupied the centre position,so there we have it. At the end of it all, we have nothing to worry about.

    • AndreaR August 31, 2016 at 1:48 pm #

      Hi Belemo,

      it does indeed, because moving Mustafi or Holding wide would reduce our options at centre-back; the good (?) news of the day is that Débichy seems likely to stay, so we might have solved the potential shortage, after all.

      Jack Wilshere is not a winger, as I wrote I hoped he would be in contention for a place there as it could have been a valuable option but Wenger seems to think differently and surely knows more than me.
      I doubt any of our loanees can be recalled in case of emergency, tho.

      Gnabry is gone permanently, there’s no mention of a buy-back clause and it’s not sure the player would be interested in coming back. He pushed for a move, he’ll shine elsewhere.

      Finally, Wenger brought Alexis to play him at CF; he reiterates the experience every start of the season and the results are often mixed. What I see is that he’d like him to play as a central striker in a very mobile front three, like he did v Watford, possibly with Lucas and Walcott.
      Personally, I’d like to see a more reliable and dangerous forward instead of Theo but I hope I’ll be proved wrong.

  3. marcos August 31, 2016 at 8:58 am #

    Dd u ever consider dat Gnabry askd to leave.u make all seem so gloomy wen all can c dat dia alternatives n arsenal can manage beta ds time

    • AndreaR August 31, 2016 at 9:56 am #

      Hey Marcos,
      Gnabry surely asked to leave to get playing time but I would have expected us to play hardball and offer a loan deal only.
      I see that reports are now mentioning a loan deal instead of sale, I hope there’s some truth in there.

      Yet, we’d still need one more wide player, in my humble opinion.
      Overall the window has been great, I wish AW would stop gambling on our players fitness, given our injury records

  4. Olamilekan August 31, 2016 at 9:30 am #

    As much as I want to believe your post, I can’t. Naturally, Wishere is not gonna get a chance in the midfield again considering the likes of Xhaka, Coquelin, Elneny, Ramsey, Santi are already above him in the pecking order, no doubt he is a good player but he can’t stay fit. So the best thing I think Wenger can do for him is to loan him out for first team football because of international duties. Gnabry does not equal Walcott and Chamberlain in dribbling, finishing and speed which are all essential for a winger. We have many wingers in our possession if Gnabry leave. He is not matured enough to displace anyone in the position. Sanchez is gonna be back to his natural position (winger) once the likes of Perez and Oliver Giroud are match fit. Thanks

  5. DanC August 31, 2016 at 12:25 pm #


    Your post is poor. Moaning for moanings sake.

    ‘that’s the point, should we really get back to the days Flamini was playing at full-back?’

    What you mean in 2006 when he played left back all the way through to the CL final being part of the best CL defence in history?

    Chambers will benefit from playing week in week out without the heightened pressure involved playing at the emirates. We’re well covered defensively.

    Stick to Milan or Juve pal

    • AndreaR August 31, 2016 at 1:52 pm #

      Dan, it’s not moaning for moaning.
      I believe we’re taking a major risk and I don’t like the idea.

      Flamini was part of a great defensive line but still was an accident, a lucky one like recalling Coquelin from Charlton was.
      We kept 10 consecutive clean-sheets and that was amazing but how many chances are there that it will happen again, if players are played out of position?

      I’ll stick to the Arsenal since I’m a Gooner as much as you are, regardless of where I live or come from. Keep such dumbness for yourself

  6. Mike August 31, 2016 at 1:46 pm #

    Moan, moan, fucking moan.

    Not one of you (including the author and myself) have the knowledge and experience to run a football club. Why do you persist in believing that you do? It’s so desperately sad.

    • AndreaR August 31, 2016 at 1:55 pm #

      Sure I don’t, Mike.
      I see, I elaborate, I express opinions that fellow Gooners can like or dislike.

      It’s not moaning, it’s only expressing some worries about the squad looking shorter than I wish – simple as that,

      Anyway, Wenger is the only person in the right position to see, judge and sanction moves for his players – we’re only entitled opinions.

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