The internet and the voracious appetite for 24-hour news has made these three summer months interminable, hasn’t it?
When other teams spend big, we web-dwellers panic.
It’s true that, just now, Arsenal seem to be idling in transfer neutral while other teams hand out their statements of intent with big money signings (the money is too big in some cases – but the intent is there).
So it might look as if we’re lagging at the minute, but the truth is there are still seven weeks before the season starts, and a further three before the close of the transfer window.
I can’t help but think that next season could be a belter though, especially for a neutral. From our own perspective we have a team that could – with the addition of several key signings – do big things. Some people are forgetting that amid all the off-field nonsense and the Henry Circus leaving town.
There are teams determined and better armed than ever to crack the top four, there are teams with new owners and new managers with money to spend and there’s gallons of TV money glugging around everywhere.
So Wenger needs to get it right – but I’m sure he knows that already. He knows we need more strength and cover on the wings, and he knows we need a 20 goal a season striker. He also knows that in Walcott, van Persie and Bendtner he has three players he’s not had access to since January.
van Persie we know is capable of 20 goals at least – possibly 25. He had scored eleven league goals already when he got injured.
Bendtner and to a lesser degree Walcott are unknowns in the equation. I thought Walcott was excellent before he duffed his shoulder in – and I’m confident he will make a big impact. Bendtner we don’t know. He scored over ten goals during Brum’s promotion charge but his role is likely to be as a sub and cup player. 5-10 goals for him would be an excellent return.
Loads to be excited about if you ask me.
A little reminder of Walcott’s potential below…