Arsenal squad currently has the following number of players per position who are not suffering from a long term injury:
Goalkeepers – 2
Defenders – 8
Midfielders – 10
Forwards – 2
Sometimes geniuses can do really stupid things that are obvious mistakes in the eyes of even feeble minds. Olivier Giroud (1,861 minutes played last season after a total of 3,420 possible) & perenial Joel Campbell are all that separate the Gunners from being strikerless. Olivier Giroud will need to return to the durability he showed in his first two seasons at the club – but so much should never rest on such an unknowable, especially for a club the size and with the resources of Arsenal.
Arsenal ended the transfer window as the only club in Europe’s major leagues not to sign a single outfield player. In fact by signing just 1 player in total they signed one fifth as many players as the next smallest Premiership transfer window participant. 51% of over 27,000 people polled by the Telegraph (myself included) think Wenger has lost touch with the realities of his work and needs to go.
Arsenal fans collectively (inclusive of all source revenue, so their share of the TV money too) contribute £261.9 million to Arsenal coffers in the most recent season for which accurate figures are available (2013/2014). Do they not deserve to follow a team whose squad are now in a perennial striker crisis? What if Giroud gets injured. What if he loses form. What if he doesn’t get injured and maintains form but doesn’t have a strike partner because one unproven at the Premiership level team mate constitutes the entirety of his manager’s forward options?
The targets that Arsenal missed out on are telling. Thierry Henry said: “I don’t know if the boss was after Benzema, but the player wants to come also”. Wenger made an inquiry for Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani but was not prepared to pay £50 million for him. Fair enough. But where were the strategic bolstering of the squad signings? The useful if not world beaters? Any striker with a pulse could have proven useful in the extreme should but a single further injury plaque Arsenal’s now anemic front line options.
In: Petr Cech.
Out: Wojciech Szczesny, Lukas Podolski, Carl Jenkinson, Yaya Sanogo, Serge Gnabry, Chuba Akpom, Abou Diaby.
6pm. Window closed. Season over. Thanks, Arsene. #WengerOut
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) September 1, 2015