Flamini gone, Hleb to follow?
With this sale of Flamini, and the seemingly inevitable sale of Hleb, Wenger, and everyone involved with the club, has some thinking to do.
What is the perfect combination of experience and youth? Strength and skill?
Firstly, football is a game of partnerships. This past year Adebayor developed good partnerships with Eduardo and van Persie. Hleb made an understanding with Sagna, same with Clichy and Rosicky. The best partnership, however, was between Flamini and Fabregas. Those two bossed the midfield of every game, and had the perfect combination of skill, strength, flair, and footballing intelligence.
So the first thing we need to do is buy a replacement for Flamini. We need a player who will win the ball far up in the park, and then give it Fabregas, Rosicky, or Walcott quickly and without trouble. There are many options, the best three, for me at least, being Yaya Toure, Miguel Veloso, and Gareth Barry. All of them are in the 15-20m pound range, but all are worth it, and that won’t seem like so much if Hleb leaves for 12-15m pounds. So step 1. Buy a big name defensive midfielder who stop opponents attacks quickly, and start our attacks at the same speed.
Next, if Hleb leaves, we need a right winger. We don’t have to look far, or wide. We don’t need Samir Nasri. We have an English lad named Theo Walcott. Statistically, Theo is a better player than Alex, who has magically gone from underrated to overrated. Rosicky’s future at Arsenal depends on the success of his recent surgery. If he can stay fit, I imagine he will stay and start until Carlos Vela is ready. If he stays fit, he will provide assists, goals and experience.
That is a balanced midfield, Rosicky-Fabregas-Veloso/Toure/Barry-Walcott.
Our attack of Adebayor and van Persie already complients each other perfectly. van Persie is a good crosser, Adebayor heads the ball well, van Persie loves to be a the top of the box and pounce on cutback passes that trickle through. Adebayor loves to take it to the line and cut it back. Thats just two examples of how they both compliment each other. Plus they are both prolific when fit.
In defense, we have the best two full backs in England, possibly the world. Our problems come in the position of center back. Kolo Toure is a legend, a bedrock, the true captain of Arsenal. He will never be sold. William Gallas is a player who cares only for himself, unreliable, and a mock captain. He must be sold. And with Jens Lehmann gone, it is time for another German, Per Mertesacker. An absolute steel wall, this kid. He has five years of experience in the Bundesliga for Hannover and Bremen, and has over 40 caps for Germany. If he has an impressive Euro 2008, I am sure Arsene will be interested. He’s 23 and 6’6. We need him, he would balance our defense, and make a great partner to King Kolo. Other good options are Ron Vlaar, and Cristian Zapata.
That is what we need. Walcott to start, Veloso/Barry/Toure, and Mertesacker. We were a disallowed goal (Adebayor vs. Boro), and a bullshit penalty (Birmingham) away from winning the title. We are closer than everyone thinks.
This squad would win the title:
Bench: Fabianski, Song, Denilson, Vela, Bendtner/Eduardo