Vital Football

Latest Arsenal FC News

Will he gamble again?

Will he gamble again?

Last summer, having earlier expressed the opinion that the team was short of midfield experience, Wenger gambled on medical advice that Rosicky would be playing again by September. The news that Nasri has broken his leg and will be out until sometime in October gives the manager a similar situation to contemplate this summer.

Nasri is young and fit so there is little reason to think that his injury will prove the same protracted saga that Rosicky suffered. We could expect him to recover quickly. But with hindsight it is now evident that the gamble Wenger took left us very short in the creative part of our game which wasn`t resolved until Arshavin joined. In the first half of last season that creative deficit was to prove very costly.

With Arshavin and Rosicky fit you could feel that there is support enough until Nasri returns but as yet there must still be some doubt until Rosicky proves he can play the 80% of games that Wenger anticipated for last season. Nasri, Arshavin, Rosicky with Cesc playing centrally provides a trio of creative options that can be rotated and deployed flexibly depending on the demands of the opposition. Take anyone of that trio away and we don`t have similarly experienced creative alternatives in those roles.

If Wenger was tempted to go back into the market before the transfer window closes then, unfortunate though it is, it is just such a circumstance as this that might make his mind up for him.



Join Vital Arsenal

Want to comment on this article? It's easy to register , simply click the link and enjoy getting involved (you can even win prizes!)

Message Board To visit the message board, click here. Get involved



For the very latest Premier League odds

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Amos
Date:Tuesday July 21 2009
Time: 2:43PM

Comments

0
I bet he will gamble. He won't buy someone new just for the three months Nasri will be out. I'd like to see Wilshere given a chance. He's young, but I feel he can step up to any challenge.
gunnerkid107
21/07/2009 14:52:00
0
Unlucky Samir, get well soon. This will definitely force AW's hand in the transfer market. I always felt that we would buy a midfielder anyway, now Nasri's injury makes it a certainty. I beliece that we have made contact with St.Etienne for the transfer of Matuidi, a DM that we have been crying out for.
Cockney Rich
21/07/2009 14:56:00
0
I forgot to say that if this means more playing time for Eboue, then I am going to kill myself.
Cockney Rich
21/07/2009 15:00:00
0
I think he will stick to the plan in terms of transfers. We need other things, a creative midfielder would not have been on the list of things to get. This situation is not quite the same as last year where Rosicky was already injured. he has nw come back into the team without looking like an injury threat, Arshavin is already at the club, Walcott did improve somewhat and Wilshere is a year older. So we still have four good options, with Eboue always ready to step in. Had we not got Rosicky back or Arshavin at the start of the year, i would be worrying.
Tom14
21/07/2009 15:01:00
0
I think we will have enough. I'm not saying we don't need another midfielder but what is the point in buying someone to cover a play who is injured for just 2 months of a season. We still have Arshavin, Walcott, Eboue, Wilshere and that's even in Rosicky can not play.
navydave
21/07/2009 15:11:00
0
Let's just hope he'll be back by October.
jaelle
21/07/2009 15:14:00
0
Don't forget, Traore came back from loan at Portsmouth as well. He's another left-wing option...
devvil
21/07/2009 15:14:00
0
Wonder if we could get Hleb on loan for six months, just to give us the extra option until Nasri is back.
flv
21/07/2009 15:15:00
0
Traore isn't a creative option. He is a runner like Walcott and to some extent Eboue. We have choices to fill the position but not the role.
Amos.
21/07/2009 15:18:00
0
Sorry Amos, but Traore doesn't have a brain. His stint at Portsmouth wasn't covered in glory, and by all accounts they were happy to send him back to us.
Cockney Rich
21/07/2009 15:27:00
Page 1/4
  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 4

Login to post a comment

Best of Vital Network

Recent Arsenal Articles

Ospina Gets Chelsea Nod?

It's being reported today that manager Arsene Wenger will honour his Cup promise to David Ospina when we face Chelsea in the FA Cup final.

Ramsey Gets Wales Call (26/5/17)

Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey has been called up by Wales manager Chris Coleman for the coming international games.

Oxlade-Chamberlain Gets England Call (26/5/17)

Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been called up by England manager Gareth Southgate for the coming international games.

Welbeck Gunning For FA Cup Glory

Winning the title, finishing top-four at least, and a Champions League run is the first aim. But, as the FA Cup is special, ex-Manchester United forward Welbeck's up for Chelsea.

Archived Vital Arsenal Articles

Vital Arsenal articles from

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Arsenal
Write For Vital Arsenal
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

FA Cup Final - Arsenal v Chelsea
Suggested By:
Arsenal win56%
Chelsea win44%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Chelsea 38 30 3 5 93 52
2 Spurs 38 26 8 4 86 60
3 Man City 38 23 9 6 78 41
4 Liverpool 38 22 10 6 76 36
5 Arsenal 38 23 6 9 75 33
6 Man Utd 38 18 15 5 69 25
7 Everton 38 17 10 11 61 18
8 Southampton 38 12 10 16 46 -7
9 AFC Bournemouth 38 12 10 16 46 -12
10 WBA 38 12 9 17 45 -8
11 West Ham 38 12 9 17 45 -17
12 Leicester City 38 12 8 18 44 -15
13 Stoke 38 11 11 16 44 -15
14 Crystal Palace 38 12 5 21 41 -13
15 Swansea 38 12 5 21 41 -25
16 Burnley 38 11 7 20 40 -16
17 Watford 38 11 7 20 40 -28
R Hull City 38 9 7 22 34 -43
R Middlesbrough 38 5 13 20 28 -26
R Sunderland 38 6 6 26 24 -40
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Arsenal Results (view all)

Arsenal Fixtures (view all)

May 27 2017 5:30PM : Chelsea (H)
FA Cup

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Naijagunner1
Vital Football Comment