With the 2011/12 season drawing to a close, Arsenal fans will finally be able to breathe a sigh of relief. The mad man at the helm of Arsenal might just pull 3rd place out of the bag and the guaranteed Champions League place that comes with it.
If Arsenal do secure 3rd and the Champions League place the blogging world will go mad! “Arsenal linked with the Iceland’s answer to Messi” “Ronaldo’s 9 year old son to join Arsenal and go straight out on loan to Bolton” and so on.
It’s these bizarre headlines that brought me to writing this. Will Arsene’s ‘last minute panic buys’ pay off? Will Arteta, Yossi, Mert & Santos pip the white & blue of Spurs for 3rd place? When I saw that Arsenal had signed Per Mertesacker and Mikel Arteta I for one was surprised. Arteta – A late twenties Evertonian who could make the Spain set up (a cheap man’s Xabi Alonso) and Per Mertesacker – The 182 ft German that reminded me of a cruise liner when he tried to turn and chase a defender. It’s these kinds of signings that brought on the ‘panic buy’ cries from Arsenal fans and the media alike. I for one think that Mr. Wenger did a very shrewd piece of business when it came to at least one of the ‘panic buys’.
I’m talking about Mikel Arteta. This man has been the missing cog to the midfield that Fabregas and Na$ri left vacant. He slotted in next to Song and allowed the Cameroonian to surge forward and help the attacking force of Robin Van Persie. Some of Songs assists for RVP have been sensational, and he did it again against Norwich on Saturday. Its Mikel Arteta that has allowed Song to be the playmaker that he has been in the absence of Jack Wilshire. Mikel Arteta, for me, was an excellent buy for Arsenal and a great piece of business for a man that quite frankly, was getting the sack and the end of the season..
Signing of the season?
Let’s see what the apparent ‘done deal’ signing of Yann M’vila will do to Arsenals midfield next season with Wilshere returning, and the arrival of Poloski to sure up Arsenals attacking options.
I’m sure Arsenal fans everywhere will be hoping for 3 points this weekend and 3rd in the bag.
Until then, have a good week.