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Arsene going to the January Sales

Arsene going to the January Sales

It`s unusual for Wenger to give too much away about his transfer window intentions but he has openly declared that he is in the market for a forward to try to plug the gap left by van Persie`s absence for the season.

'I didn't feel we were in the need to buy anybody but we will be out on the market that is for sure now. However we will only make a decision if it suits us.' Arsene said.

Replacing someone of van Persie`s stature is difficult enough at anytime. The more limited opportunities in January windows only adds to the difficulty. Arsene expressed an interest in Chamakh last season but the deal went sour as the offer made was declined and the Bordeaux chairman, by his own admission, put an inflated price tag on the player. They have since said that they wouldn`t let him go in January as they are still in the CL and currently topping the French League. Therefore letting a key player go would be counterproductive. Of course there must be a price at which it makes sense for them but that might not make sense for Arsenal. You`d expect that a little too much water has passed under the bridge on that one.

I`d imagine that the club`s need is for someone who could come in and do a job straightaway in which case some of the players being linked, such as 19 year old Balotelli from Inter might be seen as too raw for the task. Many of those we might consider as having the right level of experience and expertise are going to be wondering what the prospects of playing after the return of RvP will be.

Ferguson used Henrik Larsson as a stop gap, with some success, when faced with a similar dilemma a few seasons back. In the same vein Ian Wright has suggested we might consider using Ruud van Neighstelroy to gallop ahead of our midfield but surely that's less likely than Nick Griffin being asked to join the Socialist Workers Party. Myles Palmer`s assertion that Henry would be rejoining the club on loan in January is only slightly less absurd - isn't it? It`s not really Wenger`s way to look for short term remedies but at the moment he must be open to any practical solution.

The return of Bendtner sometime this month will increase our options but the interest is as much in how as it is in who. Does he solve what might be a short term problem - if half a season can be considered short term - with a short term solution or does he take a longer view? Does a longer view necessarily raise questions about the future of other of our existing forwards this summer or is that a question for another time? What matters most is a solution that works instantly - there are very few of those to be had.

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Date:Tuesday December 1 2009
Time: 11:42PM


I don't even know why we're discussing this. Get someone in to do the job and worry about whether its going to hurt Van Persie's or Bendtner's feelings (or Wenger's long term plan) at the end of the season when we bag that 3rd or 4th spot. Long term or short term solution? What does it matter as long as its the right solution for the club now. We need to challenge for ans qualify for the champions league in a few months time...not next year. If someone comes in on loan and starts scoring 3 goals a game, job done. If they don't we will at least have some striking back-up.
Wyn Mills
01/12/2009 23:57:00
Oh god I can just see it now the last min Hysteria, the guy with 16 mobiles on SKY sports news, the dude outside the stadium reporting as if he knows whats going on inside, Arry signing 2 more portsmouth players, Chelsea Stocking up in preparation for the Ban, Adepaymemore announcing that he wouldnt turn down Leona Lewis if she asked him out.
02/12/2009 00:01:00
Henry wont happen but he could play that role perfectly, he's used to the system with Barca and the yard of pace he may have lost is not as important in this formation, premiership experience, looks good on paper but you just get the feeling it wouldnt work out.
02/12/2009 00:06:00
Even before robin got injured we needed another striker. There's not enough goals being scored between all the strikers and now it seems were back to the old days of henry, only now its van persie....*****ed without him. Seriously concerned about the rest of the season :/
02/12/2009 01:17:00
I dont know .. this is soo unlike Arsene.. He never reveals he is in for a player yet he has publicly announced it this time. I think this is just a tactic to get some pressure off himself.
02/12/2009 03:30:00
The usual stuff then..:(.. What I do not understand is that, why people like rooney and Drogba are not getting injuured? If Rooney gets injured for Man U or Drogba gets injured for Chelsea, Im sure they will drop points...But,somehow, these guys are always alright..Its annoying..
02/12/2009 05:07:00
what is most frustrating if arsene buys some experience this team is capable of winning so much... there is never a debate of whether we will win or not just a matter of when and how much
02/12/2009 06:33:00
really think the time has come to break the bank and get someone like Villa. he would be perfect. also we need a replacement for Gallas if Wenger isn't going to give Senderos a chance to become a first choice. this Gallas Vermaelen partnership aint working and infact its shipped in more goals than last season at this stage of the season. we need another Vermaelen kind of no nonsense defender..
02/12/2009 07:00:00
Thank Christ...
02/12/2009 07:26:00
This is incredibly odd and he really has to buy now because I'd imagine Eduardo's confidence is shattered, having been subbed twice and now implicitly told he's not good enough to replace van Persie. All this around two weeks after he signed a new contract. It's amazing we're talking about a lack of goals when you consider how many we have scored this season. This is a strange comment from Wenger and I have to say I detect panic in it. It's all very well saying let's get a striker, but the question very few people try to answer is who? As the article points out, there's not a lot about that could come in and do a job straight away, they'd have to either already be playing in the Prem- which would make them difficult to sign in January- or must have played here before. Surely it would have to be someone who can replicate van Persie's ability with his back to goal and ability to create space for team mates, in that sense, people like Villa and Martins aren't the answer. van Nistelrooy is the only person that honestly comes to mind and after comments made about him in the past by Wenger ("he can only cheat") I wouldn't think that too likely.
Little Dutch
02/12/2009 08:44:00
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