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No signings in January?

Post by Jonathan Prendergast on Tue Nov 12, 2013 1:44 pm

How would you feel about no signings in January?

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Re: No signings in January?

Post by Meshaal on Tue Nov 12, 2013 6:35 pm

I would not feel great.

I feel signing a striker is crucial if we want to remain competitive at the highest level this season, especially towards the "business end".

Even if Giroud, Walcott and Podolski remain fit, we are lacking a little something extra up-front to win the big games.

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Re: No signings in January?

Post by Marko Maksimović on Tue Nov 12, 2013 6:57 pm

I would feel ok with it but it all depends on how fit the squad is... We could do with an attacker. We really could.

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Re: No signings in January?

Post by Subrat Koirala on Tue Nov 12, 2013 9:47 pm

As good as Giroud is with his over all play, we certainly could do with a striker who can pull a rabbit out of the hat even when we aren't playing at our best. But who could be available in January(for a reasonable price) is the real question imo.

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Re: No signings in January?

Post by Meshaal on Tue Nov 12, 2013 9:54 pm

Subrat Koirala wrote:As good as Giroud is with his over all play, we certainly could do with a striker who can pull a rabbit out of the hat even when we aren't playing at our best. But who could be available in January(for a seasonable price) is the real question imo.
Alexandre Pato! Very Happy

Having thought about this a little bit, I would classify strikers / forwards into four categories :

Work-horses,

Strikers who put away chances,

Strikers who put away half-chances, and

Players who create something out of nothing or make things happen.

If anything, we need someone who can either create something out of nothing (Suarez) or puts away half chances (Falcao).

As a side note, we sold one of the best in the business at creating something out of nothing not so long ago. Before him, I would put Henry in the same category and Adebayor in the category of strikers who put away chances (at best).


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Re: No signings in January?

Post by Jonathan Prendergast on Tue Nov 12, 2013 10:11 pm

I think the squad is fine.

But that could change. I would like to see how the squad goes with Podolski back. Does Wenger put him in central striker? Will he perform there? Will he score. Will he be useful off the bench and be able to make an impact?


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Re: No signings in January?

Post by Jonathan Prendergast on Tue Nov 12, 2013 10:14 pm

The squad is in the perfect situation now for Wenger's transfer strategy.

He doesn't force a transfer, unlike Chelsea or City. When the right opportunity arises, he takes it. But if it doesn't, we miss out.

The best situation is to have a strong squad, and to just be adding a couple of quality players to keep things fresh. And not lose anyone. That is where we are right now.

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Re: No signings in January?

Post by Meshaal on Tue Nov 12, 2013 10:28 pm

Jonathan Prendergast wrote:I think the squad is fine.

But that could change. I would like to see how the squad goes with Podolski back. Does Wenger put him in central striker? Will he perform there? Will he score. Will he be useful off the bench and be able to make an impact?

The biggest issue with Podolski seems to be fitness. While he might not be very involved in the general build-up play etc, he can be very incisive in short bursts with assists and goals, especially when we are breaking at speed.

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Re: No signings in January?

Post by Meshaal on Tue Nov 12, 2013 10:29 pm

Meshaal wrote:
Jonathan Prendergast wrote:I think the squad is fine.

But that could change. I would like to see how the squad goes with Podolski back. Does Wenger put him in central striker? Will he perform there? Will he score. Will he be useful off the bench and be able to make an impact?

The biggest issue with Podolski seems to be fitness. While he might not be very involved in the general build-up play etc, he can be very incisive in short bursts with assists and goals, especially when we are breaking at speed.
Chasing a game, I'd much rather throw on Podolski than Bendtner.

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Re: No signings in January?

Post by Vanig Bostanian on Tue Nov 12, 2013 11:18 pm

We have a fine squad even if we don't sign anyone in January, but we all know, we need a small something extra in attack. Any player of Demba Ba's level would do fine. No need to spend more than 10-15m on a striker (and I wouldn't complain if we got a top class one).
We've seen Wenger signing just Eisfeld not so long ago when the squad was much weaker than the one we have now, and we've also seen Wenger bringing in Adebayor, Reyes, and Arshavin, so I wouldn't be surprised with whatever he chooses to do in January.

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Re: No signings in January?

Post by Mike York on Tue Nov 12, 2013 11:46 pm

The only position we may need to buy is another striker in my opinion. Though with a fit squad we have a lot of depth and maybe Podolski can fill the spot of being an extra strike option when needed. Maybe see how he does leading up top January and if he does well, then I wouldn't mind, but if not then we need another striking option. Giroud, as much as I'm a fan, cannot play to his full potential every game and though I used to be a fan of Bendtner, and still think he can be a great asset to a club who uses him well if he adjusts a few mental things, he has lost the trust of Arsenal fans and it shows.

http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11670/9017498/transfer-news-arsenal-chief-executive-ivan-gazidis-targets-additional-striker - even Gazidis is publicly saying we may need to buy a striker in January so it may happen.

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Re: No signings in January?

Post by Subrat Koirala on Wed Nov 13, 2013 5:34 am

If we sign a striker, Bendtner's days are limited(if not already). Pato is a good shout. May be I'm becoming too skeptical, but Pato might not be suitable to play in England. Gazidis has shown a lot of false dawns in the past, but I think he means it this time. The club has shown we mean business, and we might try to get Suarez in January. And even after the loss against united, the display was good enough to tell me, on 2nd viewing, that we are genuine title contenders already!

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Re: No signings in January?

Post by Vanig Bostanian on Wed Nov 13, 2013 5:42 am

Subrat Koirala wrote:And even after the loss against united, the display was good enough to tell me, on 2nd viewing, that we are genuine title contenders already!
In recent years, when we lost to United, we were outclassed, outwitted by their manager, but on Sunday, it felt like we lost to Everton, WBA, Newcastle, a solid mid-table team who were organized and knew what they were doing.

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Re: No signings in January?

Post by Subrat Koirala on Wed Nov 13, 2013 5:44 am

Vanig Bostanian wrote:
Subrat Koirala wrote:And even after the loss against united, the display was good enough to tell me, on 2nd viewing, that we are genuine title contenders already!
In recent years, when we lost to United, we were outclassed, outwitted by their manager, but on Sunday, it felt like we lost to Everton, WBA, Newcastle, a solid mid-table team who were organized and knew what they were doing.
and had a couple of players like Baines and Remy. haha

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Re: No signings in January?

Post by Jenks1981 on Wed Nov 13, 2013 7:25 am

I think it is very possible we wont be signing anyone.

I also do not understand the idea of Pato at all.

We need a pacey intelligent striker like Aguerro or Suarez we need another dimension from Giroud and Sanogo who are target men.

Countless times already I've seen Ozil make a one two or a pass which to some people may seem terrible but its because the people he is passing to either doesn't have the mental or physical ability to get on the end of the pass, an area i'm hoping Walcott will make a big difference as Ozil will have an outlet behind people.

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Re: No signings in January?

Post by Michael Foster on Wed Nov 13, 2013 12:52 pm

Thinking about that jerks I would second that....

Theo will make a huge difference.....who drops....

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Re: No signings in January?

Post by Michael Foster on Wed Nov 13, 2013 1:25 pm

Thinking about that jerks I would second that....

Theo will make a huge difference.....who drops....

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Re: No signings in January?

Post by Jonathan Prendergast on Thu Nov 14, 2013 12:12 pm

I think its 'Jenks' rather than 'Jerks'..

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Re: No signings in January?

Post by deep.gurung on Fri Nov 15, 2013 12:53 am

i would love to have aguerro in the team, he would fit in so perfectly. other than that i'd take suarez inspite of the baggage, dont really watch other league much so really cant comment. lewodski dunno how to spell would be ok or demba ba but only as replacement for bendtner.
honestly i would not start throwing stones if we didnt buy anyone in jan but a high quality signing like aguerro would not only add quality to the team but boost the team and fan morale, jst like ozil did. saying that wenger isnt the most generous of granddaddys so i dont think we will see an ozil esque signing in jan

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Re: No signings in January?

Post by Subrat Koirala on Fri Nov 15, 2013 3:21 am

sorry to rain on the parade, but the chance of any team signing Aguero right now is slim to none. and for numerous reasons. 1. He's one of the best strikers in the world right now. 2. City don't need to raise money by selling players, hence they won't sell. and surely not to an English club. Our best bet of a "top striker" is Suarez. and if we can't get him, I'm actually positive we'll get a decent striker on loan in Jan and then look to get someone permanently in the summer.

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Re: No signings in January?

Post by Vanig Bostanian on Fri Nov 15, 2013 4:49 am

Lewandowski a replacement for Bendtner? Surely he's better than just that.

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Re: No signings in January?

Post by Michael Foster on Sat Nov 16, 2013 11:40 am

Jonathan Prendergast wrote:I think its 'Jenks' rather than 'Jerks'..

Bloody auto spell......lol

My bad jerks.....doh!!


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