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What defensive frailty? We had the second best defence of the league last season and since January I believe have been the best performing team defensively. There is a myth of defensive frailty at Arsenal which use to be true but no longer stand up to scrutiny. Our defence is alright. Last season we did not screw up because we had a weak defence. It's not defensive frailty that is the issue but cover which is a serious concern. We lack a 4th choice CB and a proper 2nd choice striker.
Whilst I would've also preferred more defensive purchases, it's good to see Arsenal spending a bit of money. It shows intent and may change our fortune in attracting world class and high quality players to our side.
Players' transfer prices are something that noone should be surprised of anymore; after Madrid near doubled their previous world record fee to get Ronaldo from United, we entered a new realm of spending. Just like players earning £100, 000 per week is not a huge wage in comparison, neither is Ronaldo's valuation. I do though, believe that Bale's fee is ridiculous. He's worth a lot of money, maximum in my opinion would be around £50m.
I was glad to see that the Barca coach spoke out against spending that much money on a football player and also Stoichkov said "if Bale is worth 100m euros, then I'm priceless", which just goes to show how ridiculous it all is.
Let's all just blame Madrid. Just look at how transfer records have proceeded since the begining:
The top 5 being all Real Madrid; most of which was in their attempt to win back the Champions League.
Expect Platini to turn a blind eye to all that and berate City or something.
LOL Is it me or does he seem to have a particular problem with City? or is it Middle Eastern money in general?
Anyway, I don't think the acquisition of Ozil can mask the shoddy transfer activity that Arsenal had this summer. It's great to see Wenger stepped it up on the last few days, and for all we know these were on going for the whole summer; I know the Ozil deal was rumoured for a good chunck of the window. Disappointed that we missed out Higuain and also Fellaini going to United; but the latter I was not expecting him to choose us over Moyes.
Also this is the first year we've apparently outspent Spain for transfers?
A lot of Spanish teams sold their players and with the new tv deal, a lot of English teams had more money to spend than ever before.
I think Liverpool is the only english team that bought defenders which they really needed...and Moses was a great deal imo, now Coutinho can play in the middle without having to go on the left. Ozil to Arsenal kinda scares me..they're the only team I actually don't like Liverpool to play.
In the case of City; Kompany's injury will really hinder them imo and has already shown signs, as they lost to Cardiff in one of their previous matches and weren't particularly impressive against Hull at the weekend. We'll see.
I've already commented on Arsenal on my last post. Man United's whole transfer dealings was poor. To me it felt like they put too much effort and emphasis in trying to get Fabregas, that they forgot about their other needs. Which left them to rush near the end of the transfer to get players in. From what I read, they attempted last minute deals for Khedira, Sneijder, Contrao( only defender I know they tried to bring in) and only bought in Fellaini at the last minute because he handed in a transfer requested, after having seen an initial move to Old Trafford for him and Baines rebuffed by Everton.
That about sums it up, Bob. When you lose the best CB in the world (I don't rate Thiago Silva anywhere close to No. 1), you will have problems.
Yup. It seemed that Moyes wanted to bring in a massive target so that he wouldn't be looked at as a failure, but in the end, that's exactly what happened. Fellaini only came because he put in a transfer request and Martinez probably didn't want to deal with an unhappy player. There were plenty of affordable players out there. Look at some of the deals that Southampton did.
PabloDani Osvaldo went for like 15m and he's probably a better AM than everyone on United, except perhaps Kagawa. Rooney is ostensibly a striker, so I'm not counting him.
We made some deals, but nothing that really improved us. We spent 56m pounds on senior players and I can't say that we're any better off before the window opened. I'm not counting small deals for prospects, because we always make those.
Last edited by thsv; September 05, 2013 at 01:04 PM.
Just realised Liverpool only have 1 CDM in Lucas...although Henderson and Allen can play there, they're no Lucas. Maybe they'll change that in January, but if Lucas is i out for some months through injury, then we'll have to depend even more on the defenders and Mignolet. But I wonder how they will line up when Suarez returns...maybe bench Henderson and start Moses on the left with Suarez on the right alongside Coutinho in the middle? Or probably try two strikers up front? Would be interesting to see how BR does this.
If it was me I would use Coutinho as a CF behind Sturridge and Suarez 3 defenders, Moses,Gerrard and Henderson in front of Lucas who stays even deeper right in front of the defense. Or use Juve's 3-5-2 tactics
According to FIFA, Belgium are now ranked sixth in the world.
They've been playing really well. I think its their highest position ever.