Once again the narrative of Arsenal needing to spend big in a transfer window has taken a small to average size of media attention this January. With results inconsistent and fans unhappy at the boards perceived priorities being in the wrong order big names are expected to keep people happy and put Arsenal back in the race for Champions League football.
According to CaughtOffside Wenger has turned his attention towards Montenegro midfielder turned striker Stevan Jovetic of Fiorentina, it seems having one midfielder desperate to play up front is not enough. Having spent five years in Florence Jovetic has plenty of experience of top flight football and is only 23, he’s scored 8 goals this season with 3 assists as well as grabbing 14 last season.
One of the early noughties heart-throbs of Italian football Vincenzo Montella has brought in Giuseppe Rossi into Fiorentina to help the push for Champions League football and CaughtOffside sees this as a viable reason for believing the Florence based purple outfit are willing to sell their star striker, for the right price.
What the article fails to notice is that Giuseppe Rossi has been injured since Villarreal’s 3-0 defeat to Spanish champions Real Madrid in late October 2011 and won’t be fit till March. Even then he will take some time to integrate back into the squad after such a long time away from the football pitch, making it less likely Fiorentina would let Jovetic go.
Plus Arsenal don’t need another young striker/midfielder, this summer they have bought Podolski, Cazorla and Giroud as well as getting back Jack Wilshere and the upgraded model of Theo Walcott, the Henry version. On Wednesday night they beat West Ham 5-1, earlier in the season they beat Newcastle 7-3, Reading 5-2 and 7-5, Tottenham 5-2, drew with Fulham 3-3 and beat Southampton 6-1.
They are the third highest scorers in the league, 1 goal behind Chelsea and 11 behind Robin Van… I mean Manchester United. Between Walcott, Cazorla, Giroud and Podolski they have scored 33 goals in the Premier League alone this season.
Forgive me if my footballing brain has missed something but as far as I can see Arsenal don’t need another striker.
What they need is a replacement for Alex Song. Mikel Arteta is stable but can slow the pace of a game down and Abou Diaby hasn’t shown enough consistency in the role this season. A player like West Ham’s Diame would be ideal but the attributes needed for the role are powerfully robust and mentally strong.
Too many individual errors have cost Arsenal this year and a lack of leadership on the pitch has been evident in recent games against Chelsea and especially Manchester City. James Milner’s goal was wonderfully taken but the Arsenal defence looked like a bunch of 14 year old’s playing in school colours on a rainy Wednesday morning.
I seriously doubt this rumour’s chances of becoming a bit of yellow tape running along the bottom of Sky Sports News.
If it does then serious questions should be asked of Wenger as a manager. The man once known throughout the world for his transfer savvy may have spent too much time in a sycophantic world and lost his understanding of what his teams needs to progress.
One more striker with good Premiership experience would help but the fate of getting into Europe ahead of rivals Tottenham rests upon buying a new central midfielder to give his squad a mental and physical spine. If not then Arsenal fans may have to deal with another year without silverware and no Champions League football.