It’s Saturday, there will be no transfer news today regardless of whether you wish there was. That means your only options are to get duly indignant about what you wish Arsene Wenger did or didn’t say yesterday or enjoy your weekend and wait until work on Monday to get indignant. Personally, I’d rather get upset on someone else’s dime and enjoy what little free time I have to do something fun like go to the zoo with my 5 year old.
But since that’s not how some of you operate here’s some other options.
First, have a pancake
This recipe is simple.
1c. of milk
1T. lemon juice
Combine and set aside until curdled (I do this at 5am)
1c. AP Flour
1/2t. Baking Soda
1/2t. Baking Powder
Sift into a large bowl
2T. melted butter
Whip in a bowl big enough to take the curdled milk
Combine the wet ingredients in the egg bow and pour into the large bowl with the dry ingredients. Combine until still slight lumpy. Let stand for a few minutes, things should be bubbling a bit.
Pour by 1/3c. into a heated skillet, flip when dry around the edges, serve with strawberries and whip cream.
Ok, so Wenger’s statement
I’ve said this before but it bears repeating every time Wenger gives a quote: I wish that Wenger said “no comment” more often. But since he’s not going to do that then I am given to either laugh at what he says or ignore it.
But hey, let’s parse the statements.
“We are ready to do quick deals but all the transfers do not depend only on us.”
100% factually accurate. Arsenal have bid £40m+1 for Suarez and are ready to close the deal. However Liverpool have rejected that offer and Suarez has not agreed to terms with Arsenal.
I also take solace in the words “deals” and the phrase “all the transfers”. Sounds to me like he’s lining up more than one move.
My guess, based on the way things are going is that Arsenal’s main target is Suarez to fill the creative role needed at Arsenal and to play forward. But I also think Wenger has a backup to buy the Brazilian Bernard if Suarez falls through for any of the reasons you might imagine.
I also believe that Arsenal are in the market for a midfielder. Wenger is exceptionally good at not telling you what he’s actually working on. Two years ago we were trying to get Mata, when that fell through, we tried to get Cazorla, that fell through again, so he waited a year and landed Cazorla. When asked a week before the Cazorla deal was done Wenger actually said “I don’t know this guy.”
“But we are prepared to wait. It looks unlikely before the Emirates Cup.”
I know that a few buttholes got clenched when they read this but I don’t see what the big deal is, Suarez can’t play until October. Seriously, I understand that we all want deals done early and last year they were actually pretty good about that. This year, things have been different. I think the club put out a lot of feelers (Jovetic, Higuain, Suarez) and had to wait to hear back. Some players gave signs (Higuain) but then something happened (we don’t know what) and other players apparently rejected Arsenal outright probably having already been tapped up by City (Jovetic). That left us with Suarez. Now we have to be prepared to wait, because Liverpool are trying to save face here. But I feel strongly that Arsenal have interest in Bernard as the backup to Suarez.
What about other positions that we want signings in? I think they have some, especially keeper, and I think the quiet we are hearing on that front is actually a good sign.
“We still have a strong squad but we are there on the market to try to strengthen our team. With or without additions we can be title challengers next season.”
He always says this. We could have Lee Clattermole as captain at Arsenal and Barren Dent as the sole forward and he would say this. I don’t think he actually believes that this squad is a serious title challenging team — if he did, why would he bid a gajillion dollars on Suarez?
But wait, I also don’t think he’s lying. I think he has a percentage chance for Arsenal to win the League next year floating around in his head. So, he says “we can be title challengers” and what he means is “without additions Arsenal are probably 15% likely to win the League. With top quality additions, we are more like 25% chance to win the League.” Something like that, he’s an economist after all; in his mind everyone can be title challengers.
“Of course we want to do as many top players as we can. But we also have to focus on the players we have and develop them. We have plenty of candidates in midfield now and there is a big fight there. Bacary Sagna settles in well at centre-back with Thomas Vermaelen out.”
Again, this is Wenger 101: develop players, big up the ones we have, talk about cover, even while other teams are buying cover.
I haven’t heard anything about DM (dungeon master!) or CB except what you’ve heard, which is nothing. Which could be good or could be bad, depending on your point of view.
Is Ramsey ready to take over from Arteta? Is Wilshere ready to be a full-time starter in the Premier League? I don’t know the answers to those questions, though I’m sure a bunch of you do. I admit that I am in favor of Fellaini coming to Arsenal but I can also see some merit to suggesting that Arsenal’s midfield is one of the best midfields in the League. The Gunners have young players who look strong and have a lot of experience under their belts coupled with experienced players who are the best in the League (Cazorla and Arteta were, in my book, the best two midfielders in England last season).
Of course I would like a tough midfielder for those cold nights in Stoke, I would also like a wide player who can deliver an outswinging cross, and a sure-handed keeper who can keep Szczesny on his toes. Since we are shopping, I’ll also have a creative player to break down the Mourinho’s Chelsea and Moyes’ Man U when they bark the pus, and the perfect goal scorer to put away Arsenal’s many big chances in the small games.
The economist in me sees the likelyhood of signing all those players about the same as Stoke winning the League.
So, I’ll make pancakes instead.
Which leaves me with just one last thing before I go: what would it take for you to consider the transfer season a success? For me, two big named players to energize the fans and the players and for Walcott, Wilshere, Ramsey, and Jenkinson to show marked improvement.