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Eduardo And Rosicky Like New Signings!

Eduardo And Rosicky Like New Signings!

As soon as the Arsenal players completed their lap of honour around the Emirates pitch, the monotonous summer transfer rumour machine began oiling its gears and flipping on all its switches, in preparation for the long football hibernation ahead. The Arsenal blogosphere has erupted during the past month with speculation printed in the newspapers. For those who have developed the ability to ignore all the chaos, fair play to you. For the rest of us, separating the dross from the somewhat believable is how we occupy our June.

All the talks earlier in the summer pointed towards reinforcements arriving. Both the manager and the captain spoke of new faces. Wenger had this to say:

"The team is moving forward. The question we have to analyse now is, are we strong enough now to win the championship? If not, what do we need to add to the squad? There is some great quality here. The squad is very young, but what needs to be added for next year is to challenge for the championship."

Cesc Fabregas wants a midfielder to hold down the fort while he and the rest of the midfield goes forward.

'We have lost big players, but the boss knows what he is doing,' said Fabregas. The days of signing a new player aren't finished. We need someone in the middle to make competition and make a difference, plus give us a new dimension. The rest is perfect."

"We are used to playing with footballers like Vieira, Gilberto Silva or Flamini and for sure this year we've been a bit lame in such an important position. It's an undervalued role, but key, above all for teams like ours, that attack, that have a lot of the ball. To know there is someone behind you is fundamental."

According to She Wore A Yellow Ribbon, an Arsenal fan site that keeps track of every player linked to the club each summer, 48 players have been rumoured to be coming to Arsenal. Of these forty eight, one is all but completed, centre back Thomas Vermaelen, while only another two seem to have any substance to them, Mamadou Sakho and Felipe Melo.

While we never know if the Professor will decide to bring in players, we do know eight words that will come out of his mouth before the start of next season, Eduardo and Rosicky will be like new signings. Some fans, who want him to spend galactic amounts of money, will mock this, but he couldn't be more right. Neither has played in the Premiership since early 2008, but both returned to full training during the latter portions of last season and they will be ready to go come August, barring any new setbacks. Both are world class players that will boost the attacking talent at the club tenfold.

Picture this: its five past 3 o`clock on a Saturday afternoon in a sunny North London. The lush Emirates pitch is in immaculate condition like always and Arsenal is beginning an attack on their opponent`s goal. Sagna passes the ball inside to Cesc, who continues the switch of play by swinging it over to Arshavin on the left flank. There goes the blur of Gael Clichy bombing down the touchline, overlapping the artistic Russian. Andrey slots the ball between two defenders into the path of Clichy, who looks up and spots Eduardo in the box waiting to pounce. Instead, Gael plays a low ball into the feet of van Persie, who swivels around a helpless defender and chips the ball back post onto the onrushing Rosicky, who has ghosted past his marker to steal the ball right off of the toes of his opponent. The back of the net ripples violently and the home crowd erupts in jubilation.

This thought of an attacking lineup consisting of Sagna, Clichy, Fabregas, Arshavin, Rosicky, van Persie, and Eduardo gives me shivers. Add in the depth of Nasri, Walcott, Vela, Denilson and Bendtner, and you have on offense who matches any other in Europe. Arsenal aren`t far off from having another great Wenger team, and I don`t think I`m the only one who senses that Arsene will put together those final puzzle pieces in the coming weeks.

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Writer:Brice Coffer
Date:Wednesday June 17 2009
Time: 6:32PM


I'm sorry - I've always hated the bull***** term "xyz will be like a new player". No they won't, they will be like a player we already had, coming back from injury - probably not quite as good as they were before. They won't be bringing anything 'new' to the table, they will be returning something we used to have, but have gone without - back to the table. It's more Wenger bull***** to gloss over the lack of quality signings to re-enforce areas we are deficient in. If you had 25M burning a hole in your pocket right now - would you buy a Rosicky and Eduardo ? or would you look to bring in a few experienced players in central defence and defensive midfield ? Right, new signings my arse. It's moronic to sell Diarra in Jan, lose Flamini on a free and then sell Gilberto all in one season - leaving yourself bereft of any experienced players in DM and hope to cope against the cream of Europe, the other top 3 - and in fact any or all of the journeymen teams that pack their midfields against us. Arsene knows - he knows how to dismantle a good unit for a few bob - that much is certain. In summary, and I apologize to the glass-half-full brigade, signing a new player would be like signing a new player. Getting Rosicky back will be like getting another (central midfielder who is being forced to play as a) winger that we can't accomodate with Arshavin, Nasri, Walcott, Vela, Traore & Eboue. Getting Eduardo back will allow Wenger to say "we don't need another striker - we already have AdeBarnDoor, Bendtner, van Persie, Vela (again), Simpson and Eduardo". When in fact, we need a new Thierry Henry, Ian Wright, Bergkamp. We need true winners and leaders down the spine. As good a finisher as Eduardo undoubtedly is, he has the pace of a snail on valium, and is easily knocked off the ball. He can't lead the line and isn't the link player that would fit in the 'hole' - so another round peg for a square hole.
17/06/2009 19:21:00
Fully agree Coffer.We will have excellent attacking options next season, all we need now is a CB and possible DM though I think Denilson or Song can play that position quite well against any team we just need to cut out the silly mistakes at the back.
17/06/2009 19:39:00
How you can say Eduardo and Rosicky won't be adding anything new to the team is beyond me.
17/06/2009 19:49:00
I think the one thing lacking last season was a bit of attacking quality, so I can't agree with the first couple of posters. If I had 25 million to spend on this team, I'd spend 10 million on a defensive squad player like Vermaelen, and 15 million on another creative attacking player. If I only had 15 mill to spend, I'd buy the attacker over the defender. Arsenal won't win anything without the creative player, but if we're lucky with injuries, our first-choice centre-backs are good enough to do the job.
17/06/2009 20:07:00
You are missing the point. They will be adding (back) only something we had and are currently missing because they are injured. They are not bringing anything "new". If your kids go away to university, then come home after a few years - is it like having new kids? no - it's like having your old kids back. I never said they don't bring anything to the table - only that they don't bring anything NEW to the table. Anyway - Rosicky and Eduardo can only bring what they have to the team if they are on the pitch. If Arshavin, Nasri and Walcott are fit - Rosicky won't get many games. If the lanky **** BarnDoor had the ebola virus, one leg and a 130m prosthetic tail that ensured he'd be flagged offside on ANY/EVERY attack - Wenger would still play him. Eduardo has more chance of playing wide left (where he'll be like a fish out of water and provide no cover for the LB) as he'll sit behind van Persie and Bendtner in pecking order to partner Ade. Conversely purchasing a Benzema or Aguero would (hopefully) push Ade into a taxi.. purchasing a Zhirkov (unlikely) would challenge Arshavin, Nasri and Walcott, purchasing a DM of any kind would push Song. These are signings that would bring something new to the team.. They aren't like new signings, they are old signings that are coming back after major injuries - probably not as good as they were.
17/06/2009 20:09:00
I never mentioned Ade in this article. He will not be here. As for Eduardo and Rosicky, you are interpreting a metaphor as a literal statement. Of course they are already at the club but they did not feature last season.
17/06/2009 20:17:00
Josh - we are missing a commanding goalscorer, but we're not lacking in attacking flair at all. for 2008/2009 Goals scored: Man Utd 68, Liverpool 77, Chelsea 68, Arsenal 68 Goals ceded: Man Utd 24, Liverpool 27, Cheslea 24, Arsenal 37 Chelsea have the same record as ManUtd in for/against, but the pts difference was 7. Conversely - we conceded 13 more goals than Man Utd and finished 18pts behind them. if you spent the 15M on an attacking player (with what that can buy you in todays market), we'd be just as screwed as we were this season, and they would be up against all the attacking players we already have + rosicky and eduardo. Clearly the deficiency is in DM and central defence. I don't subscribe to Wenger's penchant of amassing huge numbers of attacking players whilst forsaking defenders and def midfielders.
17/06/2009 20:17:00
As for them not being the same player, you may be right on Rosicky, but Eduardo will be the same brilliant player he was. Watch Dudu's three goals from this season again. One was simply orgasmic.
17/06/2009 20:19:00
EiNY (cool nick name?) Arsenal may have scored nearly as many, but we create a lot of chances and scoring four against a crap team on more occasions than others proves nothing. Arsenal SHOULD score more than anyone because of the way we are set up. I don't agree that it is about haveing an Ian Wright, but we need our strikers to be 10% more clinical. As for DM, any sane mind can work out that Denilson had a fantastic season and will only get better, whereas Walcott was distinctly average, as were any player's who played in our full back four at times (except Sagna).
17/06/2009 20:29:00
Actually atm I'm based in Pittsburgh (bleagh!) does the acronym EiPB sound better ? I agree scoring 4 against Cloggers United and Real HoofIt doesn't mean we are comparable to ManUtd going forward. The point (once again) was to illustrate the defensive deficiency was much more glaring than the offensive one. I see you are a Denilson fan - and he seems to have the supporters split down the middle (probably quite rightly). I can't, for example understand how supporters can be split over Ade or Eboue. Ultimately I fall on the other side of the fence with regards to Denilson. Not that he is awful, just not what (I think) we need. I've always had a thing about having a strong, dominant spine - think Adams/Keown + Vieira/Petit + Henry/Bergkamp, then add 'flair' players on the wings Cole/Silvinho Pires/Overmars/Ljungberg - and we won things. Now picture Gallas/Toure + Fabregas/Denilson + van Persie/Adebeyor. How many steps backwards? When did Gallas/Toure come out of a game (even when they've kept a clean sheet) and you think to yourself - they totally dominated the opposition forwards. When Keane/Scholes or Gerard/Alonso bombed forwards and saw Vieira or Petit coming in - what did they do? they were forced into the pass. When you see Fabregas or Denilson inc what would you do? shimmy? laugh? accelerate?
17/06/2009 20:53:00
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