I’ve had quite a few people ask me my opinions on the Arsenal transfers this summer (well, winter here in Australia, but summer for Arsenal).
The big question of course is around Thierry Henry. Our champion who left for Barcelona this year. Personally, I think it was a year too late, but if he’d left a year ago, it might’ve been a year too soon. This past season for him was a major let-down, and I wonder if he will ever achieve the same kind of level as the past.
As for his ‘replacement’, Eduardo da Silva, I think he’ll be a great asset. Wenger has been chasing a ‘fox-in-the-box’ for a long time, and having had no luck with his attempts to sign someone like this in the past (notably Franny Jeffers), I think this guy stands a great chance of being the player able to convert possession into goals.
Whilst he’s not a new signing, I think this may be the season for Theo Walcott to shine. Our defence is looking good, and although I think we will still miss Lauren and Campbell, I think Sagna will be a useful addition. But our main problem this past season was in attack, and with da Silva, Walcott, and the return to fitness of Robin van Persie, things are looking up.
I’d still like to see some big names come to the club. I’m not sure Anelka is the right person, and I think Tevez or Torres would’ve been good if Wenger had pursued them. He knows the kind of person he’s after though, and perhaps those players don’t fit the profile.
On a different note, I do feel bad for Leeds United. They’re a team with great history, and it seems they may end up falling apart completely. Let’s hope they can be restored in time.