The pathetic showing of Arsenal at the transfer window underlined for me once again why, in the long run, Arsene Wenger just has to leave the club and make way for a new manager. We need fresh ideas and change at the club and we need fresh blood. Wenger’s too conservative approach has made us look like a bottom of the barrel choice when it comes to top class talent. We desperately needed 2 or 3 good players in different positions to make a healthy run at the 3 competitions we are still in the running for and what does Wenger get us? A solitary signing and a loan signing at that!
31 year old Kim Kallstrom arrives at the club from Russian club Spartak Moscow on a loan deal that lasts till the end of the season. That’s it, a loan deal for a few months. The team has has led the English Premier League for most of this season and is still in the FA Cup and the Champions League can only get a loan deal for a single player? Kallstrom will provide cover for the injured Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere, while Mathieu Flamini is suspended for the next three games. Kallstrom joined Spartak in 2012 following a six-year spell with Lyon, where he played more than 200 games and helped the French side to the Champions League semi-finals in 2010.
Meanwhile the Gunners boss has ruled out buying Schalke’s Julian Draxler. Attacking midfielder Draxler, 20, who has played 10 times for Germany, was linked with a move to Arsenal and reportedly would have cost £37m. He helped Schalke make it out of the group stage of the Champions League before Christmas. But the amount was deemed too costly by Wenger and he ruled out the club’s interest in buy a coveted player who is still very young and could be an asset to the club for the next decade or so! Bravo Wenger! Another striker at the Emirates would have given the squad a lift, in the same way that the arrival of record £42.4m signing Mesut Ozil did last September. What about a striker? We have a vulnerable looking Giroud and Podolski who can play as the lone striker if needed and then Bendtner, who isn’t a popular choice and could also be injury prone.
In the end it looks like we will win none of the cups and Wenger will look like he has egg on his face. Consider a 3rd or 4th place finish a blessing!