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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.

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


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.
21/07/2009 14:52:00
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
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
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.
21/07/2009 15:01:00
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.
21/07/2009 15:11:00
Let's just hope he'll be back by October.
21/07/2009 15:14:00
Don't forget, Traore came back from loan at Portsmouth as well. He's another left-wing option...
21/07/2009 15:14:00
Wonder if we could get Hleb on loan for six months, just to give us the extra option until Nasri is back.
21/07/2009 15:15:00
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.
21/07/2009 15:18:00
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
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