Given the current atmosphere of frustration among Arsenal fans, I realise that an article about why the club shouldn’t buy a player might attract some anger.
But this isn’t an article that’s in favour of Arsene Wenger shutting up shop and sticking to his guns. I’ve been extremely frustrated by the club’s inactivity this summer and I think Arsenal’s failure to adequately prepare for this season is more or less inexcusable.
But there’s no reason to start panic buying. Everybody at Arsenal, from Arsene Wenger upwards, is well aware that the club needs to make some signings. There’d likely be a full-scale revolt if nobody is brought in.
But with the transfer window about to slam shut, the number of decent targets available is decreasing each day. My worry is that Arsene Wenger could make a signing, just because he feels compelled, not because it would really improve the squad.
We know that Arsenal made a £10m (approx) bid for Newcastle playmaker Yohan Cabaye last week. We also know that Alan Pardew got very antsy about it and threw all his toys out of the pram.
Still, I can understand Newcastle’s frustration. What I don’t understand is why Arsenal have lined Cabaye up as a target.
The Gunners have a lot of weaknesses throughout their squad. I’d argue that they need a new goalkeeper, new defender and a new striker. What they don’t need, however, is a new midfielder (unless Wenger chooses to bring in one with a more defensive mindset).
The centre-of-the-park is the one place where Arsenal are over-flowing with options – good ones at that. Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere and Mikel Arteta are attacking talents that would walk into most top teams. Tomas Rosicky and Abou Diaby are excellent options when they’re fit.
And then there’s Aaron Ramsey, who has come on leaps and bounds in the last six months. He’s industrious, works the space well, can pick out a pass and has even added goals to his game. I’d certainly like to see him get given opportunities this season.
We know that Cabaye’s a good player. But he struggled along with the rest of the Newcastle team last season to raise his game when things started getting ugly. I’m just not convinced that he would actually improve Arsenal’s first team.
I’d sooner see Arsene Wenger chasing another striker, or a defender. Those are the positions that Arsenal need to fill if they’re to win silverware any time soon.
What’s your take? Would you like to see Yohan Cabaye move to the Emirates?
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