Arsenal’s new defence begins to take shape

And finally, Laurent Koscielny has signed for the Arsenal. His free Arsenal.com video is a brilliant mix of new signing intro and new shirt promotion.

“We bought this! Now buy these!”

Luckily, both new shirts are ace.

We have laughed many a time in the past about how Wenger pulls signings from nowhere and presents them to us – but with both Chamakh and now Koscielny, there’s been very little surprise, other than how long the dotted line has taken to sign. It’s been all over the web for a while. I blame modern electronicalish communications.

It means that Wenger’s first two forays into the transfer market this summer are both from the country he knows best – France. They are the latest in a long line of predominantly excellent imports – a line that started with the best of them all, Remi Garde. (There was a bloke from Senegal too I think who was quite good).

More importantly, Koscielny forms the first piece in the new defensive jigsaw. It’s a jigsaw that will hopefully include at least a new keeper – with some people’s money currently being on Fulham’s Schwarzer.

Wenger pinpointed our porous back line as a priority for investment back in May – let’s be honest, he wasn’t alone in that conclusion – so it’s hardly a surprise to see a defensive addition coming in. Not least because sailing off over the horizon in the other direction are William Gallas, Micky Silver, and possibly also Sol Campbell.

I do expect him to be first choice though – at the price we have paid, it can be no other way, regardless of the fact he was playing in the French second division the season before last.

If Sol stays, that’s your lot in that department – but if he goes (and he must be pondering exactly how many games he will get), then there’s a vacancy for a fourth centre-half. Could it be Nordveit? Or Bartley? How much experience does a fourth-choice centre-half need? And who of experience would sign knowing they were that far down the pecking order?

Sol staying would be the best solution for me, but he is free to do what he will and is taking his time.

We all know this is a big, big season for Wenger, and for my money – the Cesc stuff aside – the close season is going well. We’ve got two hungry, young but not inexperienced players signed, both of whom have a big part to play next season.

Forget the fact that Man City have spent £75m and could spend another £75m – there’s nothing we or any other club can do about that.

The main thing is the gaps are being plugged.

I’m looking forward to seeing him play now. Bienvenue to you, Laurent, and all that and stuff.

11 thoughts on “Arsenal’s new defence begins to take shape

  1. All We Need Now Is:
    Gk – Schwarzer
    CB – Mertesacker or Serdar Tasci or Micah Richard
    DM – Sami Khedira or Melo
    And Mesut Ozil To Replace Fabregas If He Leaves.

  2. 1st Team:
    Schwarzer
    Sagna – koscielny – Vermaelen – Clichy
    Song – Melo
    V.Persie – Ozil – Arshavin
    M.Chamakh

    In Case Of Injury:
    Almunia
    Eboue – M.Richard – Djourou – Gibbs
    Denilson – Diaby
    Walcot – Nasri – Vela
    Bendtner
    Others
    Fabianski, Szczesny, Mannone, Traore, Ramsey, Wilshere, Rosicky, Eduardo.

  3. Great post. It certainly is a big season for Wenger. I remember the same thing being said last season as well, back when he promised us a trophy (sorry).

    Glad to see a new center back arrive. I know this isn’t the stuff gossip pages are made of, but does Wenger have any intention of signing any new coaches? Could the high-profile defensive and goalkeeping errors last season, commented on by some high-profile former Arsenal players, have had any effect on Le Boss?

  4. Surely Future Arsenal Manager
    Gibbs has got to be in front of Clichy for the left back postion.
    Given the excellent poise he showed at the start of last season and the indifferent performances Clichy produced during the middle of last season…

  5. Why the clamour for Micah Richards

    Maybe I am missing something but just what would he bring that Djourou has’nt already got???

  6. All We Need Now Is:
    Gk – Schwarzer
    CB – Mertesacker or Serdar Tasci or Micah Richard
    DM – Sami Khedira or Melo
    And Mesut Ozil To Replace Fabregas If He Leaves.

  7. 3/4 years ago I would have taken Richards in a flash. Looked like a sensational player in the making. Hasn’t improved at all since then. Very interesting story in last week’s Sunday Times when talking about why English players aren’t good enough. Apparently Vieira was talking to Richards at training & asked him what he wanted to achieve in the game: ‘I want to play for
    a successful City team and play for England too.’

    ‘Really??’ replied a surprised Vieira. ‘Then how come you’re the last.

    On that basis it’s fairly clear he’s not the type of player Wenger will be going for….
    one onto the training pitch every day and the first one off it?’

  8. Oops, didn’tcopy the quote very well….:-)

    ‘Really??’ replied a surprised Vieira. ‘Then how come you’re the last one onto the training pitch every day and the first one off it?’

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