Essien and Dempsey would have sated so many

Window has shut

And with that, the transfer window(s) has shut down for another English summer.

Park Chu-Young and Nicklas Bendtner are gone. Adding to Robin van Persie’s departure, that’s three strikers out of the club with only two replacements brought in. Marouane Chamakh remains at the club despite interest from Besiktas and Malaga and now looks ‘trapped’, as Goonerholic puts it, as third-choice striker.

From the start of deadline day, Arsenal was seemingly linked with a loan move, ala Yossi Benayoun last season, for Chelsea’s Michael Essien. There were credible sources suggesting the move was on, including the Guardian and the Metro, but ultimately the Ghanaian chose to work with old boss Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid.

One cannot say how genuinely interested Arsene Wenger was in making that move happen. Essien has been hampered with ACL and knee ligament injuries the past two seasons which can re-occur at a moment’s notice. But on paper it looked a very encouraging deal for Arsenal to beef up the midfield and at least temporarily replace Alex Song.

At the same time, the same sources were saying our eyes were watching what Clint Dempsey was up to. His link with Liverpool never really eventuated and at one point it looked like Aston Villa of all clubs was in with a shout for his signature. Instead, he showed his ambition to all the world by signing with the obsessives up the Seven Sisters Road.

Again, what our real interest in Dempsey really was in up for speculation. But where Arsenal needed one or two more players of substance to compliment a fine starting XI, the club ultimately came up empty.

I said earlier in preseason that Arsenal was ‘half-way to a title tilt’ with the signings of Podolski and Giroud. What was required further was signing RVP onto a contract and providing competition for Alex Song.

That came days before RVP’s infamous letter to the fans, with Song eventually departing for Barcelona. Santi Cazorla was the only addition to the side after that.

The idea of a title tilt is now down to the stuff of dreams, hopes and a bucketload of luck. Theo Walcott and Andrey Arshavin (who amazingly is still an Arsenal player) may very well be drafted in to cover in the forward’s position, while I will be hoping beyond hope that when Bacary Sagna makes his return, it is for the comprehensive length of the entire season. Another injury to him could seriously expose us, despite the early promise shown by Carl Jenkinson.

Or – is the situation really as bad as a lot of people would have you think?

Jenkinson’s start has been encouraging. As far as my player ratings are concerned (for as much as they’re worth), he’s been marginally the second best performer in the first two league games and deserves some backing for our match against Liverpool.

Furthermore, after a stellar performance in the NextGen Series opener against Marseilles, Nico Yennaris is promising back-up as a utility full-back, and Francis Coquelin has played very well in that position too.

Sticking with Coquelin, perhaps Wenger has the young Frenchman very much in mind when it comes to propping up the midfield. He’s a different kettle of fish to the Artetas, Wilsheres and Diabys of the world – he’s more of a skirmisher than a fine passer of the ball – but his performances in preseason left nothing to be desired.

The centre of defence is fine. Injuries aside, I can be happy if not over-the-moon ecstatic with our left-back options.

The midfield first XI is potentially a league-beater. The wing play needs some work but the options are many and varied.

The first two striker choices should come good, although the back-up (in order: Chamakh, Walcott, Arshavin, Gervinho, Afobe) is getting desperate.

This team won’t be the roaring-scoring Arsenal of old. We have to learn to expect a scrappy contest every time, with hopes of a win built on fight, intelligence and graft.

You have the right to be unhappy with the late transfer activity (though I’m still amazed with the fact that transfer business is still more keenly followed than our on-pitch performances in general). But now there is nothing anyone can do about it until January.

It’s now time to get behind the side. As ever, fourth place is the minimum requirement.

But the potential remains for exceeding that. On such hopes are the joys of football founded upon.

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13 thoughts on “Essien and Dempsey would have sated so many

  1. Jenson says:

    Good article pal. Spot on

    • Jammathon says:

      Thanks. Your comment makes a change from the moron who came on here before telling Wenger to ‘go die’. Apparently I’m mad for backing my own team. Only rational people of supreme thought would boo and hiss at everything we do.

  2. Godwin says:

    Now i know that arsene wenger and the whole arsenal board members are all old and stupid fools to hill with them

  3. Vico says:

    Prof Wenger & board tanks so much 4makin all fans unhappy on d first day in d months of MBER.l wonder y l chosen 2b a fan of a business club.u guys are really IGBO’S enthic in Nigeria

  4. terry murphy says:

    What a waste of time we sell rvp and song and recoup money spent on 3new arrivals then do nothing to strengthen the squad. where is the defensive mf we need are you telling me 6 mill is to much for dempsey when hes proven to get at least 10 to 15 goals. theo was 2nd top scorer last year wit 8 come on our start this should of proved we needed strengthening. not optimistic for season

  5. Alabi,oluwaseyi h says:

    Thanks so much,mr wenger i can se u nd arsenal member ar stupid nd mad u pple turn arsenal to business market,no hop 4 title dis season again,u ar after money nt glory,nd make us sad on d first of d month,nd make our day dool u dis old fool.

  6. Will says:

    This time for ARSENE to leave arsenal relying injury prone DM abou diaby,a floop of all season..for me nw i think we cant win any trophy ten years to come cos the board of directors are after money nd not glory..For i think it time to tell ARSENE bye..cos he has really tried..a foolish old man with a mosquito sense..nd let hope for 10th position in the league

  7. weedonald says:

    Jammathon……you certainly attracted the cretin-moronic army with this blog. These clowns couldn’t find their arses with a guide dog and an instructional video and are living proof that we are descended from apes.
    I am not at all disappointed in the summer transfer results and feel it may take AFC a few more games to gel and develop but if you look at the squad objectively, you will see that we have one of the best set of strikers , midfield maestros and back four since the invincibles and certainly as good a team as we had in 2008 when we made it to the CL final. We also have returning players like Wilshere,Rosicky and Diaby who are, when fit, as good as they come. Add to that the youth prospects knocking on the door and we can say that this team is capable of achieving our best results since the invincibles.

    • Jammathon says:

      I agree with you for the most part, although go easy on the commenters. Maybe they’re not as eloquent as some, but the passion’s there.

      I’m perhaps not as optimistic as you with the season’s prospects. I still stand by my earlier statement that we will at least shorten the gap between third and first/second. I am more than happy to have those expectations exceeded.

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