For a club like United smaller set-backs are made into bigger problems because of their stature. It can all snowball really badly if it starts off poorly and it will put Moyes into a harsh spotlight. Again, we'll see. All this discussion makes me wish the season was restarting tomorrow.
Last edited by Ikki; 21-05-2013 at 12:00 PM.
So much football news in the last few days, the latest being West Ham agreeing a fee with Liverpool for Carroll. 15 million according to the BBC, they are saying that Carroll has not decided yet but I think he would be stupid not to move, is just about the perfect level for him.
My main worry with Arsenal is that Cazorla played 37 games last year. I shudder to think what could happen if he misses several games next year.
I don't think we need too many major signings though. A world class striker is pretty important IMO, as although Giroud is OK, he's a massive drop in class from Van Persie. A quality defensive midfielder would be nice too.
A really top striker and centre back I would reckon but I am not convinced that they will spend the money needed to get them.
It really is the best chance Arsenal have had in years to establish a really strong side for mine. There are no obvious weak links, there's a really good core of decent players in more or less every position - the majority of which have plenty of experience at both domestic and international levels despite still being relatively young - no obvious need to sell any top stars. Real cause for optimism I think, but this is if they go out and spend wisely and are not too frugal. And I'm very aware of how much of a big IF that is.
Last edited by sledger; 21-05-2013 at 12:25 PM.
So Wet Sham agree a £15m fee for Shandy Carroll. Has to count as one of the top 10 worst ever buys in the Prem.
Spurs having discovered that their third reserve left-back is the next Ronaldo puts them at a big advantage for as long as they can hold on to him. Arsenal put together a great run and an excellent points total to stay ahead this year but Spurs only need to get the rest of the team up to a good standard to move ahead.
I don't know if we really need two quality midfielders. We've got quite a few decent ones as it is.
Would work IMO. Then we've still got Rosicky, Diaby, Ramesy etc. as cover.
I mean, don't get me wrong, I'd love to have a midfielder like Fabregas in there as well, but I don't know if it's really needed.
Moreover, whilst Diaby, Ramsey and Rosicky are all dependable when fit, they've a horrible record with injury problems, so two midfielders coming in would definitely be desirable for me. One defensive and another more attacking-minded, depending on how Wilshere will be used.
I think the chances of Fabregas coming back are more or less nil, but I don't think there's an obvious place for him in that side, even with what I have proposed. Arsenal's style has moved on from the days when he was there. Have no doubt he would be welcomed back, but there are several players now with his skill set.
A more pressing need is how to get Bentdner off the books, which probably won't be easy given the fact he's had a terrible season for Juve and is now injured again. Why the **** can't players like him ever be the ones whose contracts are running out ffs.
RE: Arsenal and World Class players, imo there is still enough there to attract really top talent. Clearly Arsenal aren't going to go out and buy Ronaldo etc... but I think targets like Jovetic and Higuain are far from unrealistic. Granted Jovetic might not be world class I suppose, but y'know. Big signings rather than world class ones, would perhaps have been a better way of putting it.
Arsenal definitely missed out on Vertonghen last summer. They should have punted Vermaelen and taken Vertonghen instead.
Should try and persuade Lewandowski to try his luck in England.
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