Wenger Promises One more Defender + FC Cologne Preview
Arsène Wenger yesterday revealed he will “certainly” find a new addition to defence but he won’t be drawn into naming anyone in particular. Said He,
“Certainly, we will have to find one more defender,” he said. “We [are] working on it.
Apparently, we had a £10m bid for Jagielka turned down. He’s not what we need in my opinion. He has similar attributes to TV5 and Koscielny. A better option will be Chris Samba, or £17m Gary Cahill, a 24 year old that will give you at least 7 solid years.
I am really desperate for a new centre back at the club. I even once hoped either Koscielny or TV5 picked up a MINOR injury in pre-season, so Wenger would be forced into bringing someone in.
Don’t blame me, I just do not want to see us throw away yet another season because of a dodgy defence.
Well for one day we have a distraction from all of the transfer speculation as our pre-season continues with a friendly against German team FC Cologne, home of star striker Lukas Podolski.
This game will present a tougher challenge than Malaysia’s finest and the other Chinese team we played. Hopefully this friendly will shed some light on what formation and players to expect when the real business starts.
For those who did not know, Cesc did not travel with the team. He is either injured or he is trying to engineer an escape from his “captors”; depending on what you believe. His owners have however failed to meet the required ransom.
Not much on team news, Eboue and Diaby are out through injury, while Nikky B and Almunia “stayed behind”.
Gervinho may make his debut in this game and I’m sure everyone wants to see what he can do. Expect to see a lot of first team players coupled with young players looking to impress.
Benik Afobe is one being touted to start the game or play some role after being withdrawn from the English U-20 team. Frimpong, Miyaichi, and Jenkinson should also feature.
July is almost over and fans would have been expecting to see at least three new faces making their debuts in this game. Instead we are seeing the same faces that ended last season. We are not even sure two of our key players will remain.
If Cesc does leave, I won’t be too worried; in Wilshere and Ramsey the future is here already. If I recall properly, Cesc was almost the same age when he was already dominating the EPL.
And with the talent we know they have who says they can’t step up this new season? To hell with him if he wants to leave. I even hope he’s gone by Monday so we can focus on those who want to stay.
That’s it from me today, tired of worrying myself over players who don’t seem to care. Oh well, looks like we should expect a goal feast from the Arsenal later today.
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