Brady backs Wenger to spend in January

Brady backs Wenger to spend in January

Gunners youth supremo Liam Brady has backed Arsene Wenger to get his chequebook out in the January window … if he can find the right player.

After the 2-1 win over Villa last night, the boss admitted his squad was a ‘little short’, and Brady believes the Frenchman is of a mind to spend.

Speaking to RTE Radio 1 this morning, Brady said, “There’s every chance Wenger will spend in January, he’s got the money, but it’s down to who is available and whether their club will let them go.”

Pressed on what he thinks would be Wenger’s priority, he said, “A goal scorer, but they’re the most difficult to find. But I think business will be done by Arsenal.”

There were further injury worries for the Gunners after last night’s game with Tomas Rosicky suffering a broken nose while a suspected broken metatarsal for Nacho Monreal will have Wenger sweating over his defensive options.

However, at the other end, Olivier Giroud scored his second in as many games (for him) while Jack Wilshere has now got 5 goals for the season, eclipsing his best ever return.

With Aaron Ramsey still to return and Lukas Podolski waiting impatiently in the wings, there are still options, but Brady clearly believes there’s a willingness to bring players who can add something to the attack.

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    • I don’t see what’s so dreadful about this comment that over 60 people feel strongly enough about it to rate it down. The point the makes about time is a very good one.

      The ideal time to have moved for a striker was last May-June when the need was already obvious and we had plenty of money and available talent to choose from. The next-best time to have got moving was November-December so the deal could be sorted for when the window opened on 1 January. If Wenger believes the squad needs to be strengthened, only starting to look around for ‘zee special player’ when we’re halfway through January seems pretty daft. If we are buying in this window – which we shouldn’t be – plan early and get on with it so as to get the maximum use out of the player and give him the maximum time to gel into the team before the crunch games hit us in Feb. We knew we needed a quality striker a year ago. The injury to Walcott makes no difference at all as he has never been considered an ideal alternative to Giroud.

      Nor has Podolski, come to that. Weird to have a fit and talented striker sitting on the bench for the best part of 18 months. If we’re not using him – which I can sort of understand – surely we should have sold him or sent him out on loan? Far better for him to play somewhere, especially in a World Cup year, and better for us to save on his wages. I don’t get this waiting around for Podloski to turn into somebody else. He’s not a kid; he’s not likely to change radically in his late 20s. These are his peak years and it seems a big shame that he’s wasting them.

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      • I don’t know why others voted it down, but for me its the same judgmental, ‘i know better’ rubbish that was being spouted throughout the summer.

        It assumes that the Arsene and the rest of the club are sitting on their collective arses, and because nothing appears in the press, or Arsene doesn’t do the Maureen style showboating, that nothing is being done.

        On a different tack, it also assumes that there is a mythical ‘world class striker’ just sat there waiting for Arsenal to call, and has a compliant club happy to let him go mid-season.

        Even should such a rare beast exist, he would have to instantly settle into the squad to be worth buying now rather than waiting until the summer and giving him a pre-season to become a proper Arsenal player.

        In truth I’d bet the club decided that we had enough though the squad to get us to the summer unless someone special appeared — a bit like Matic throwing a strop at Benfica, but you cannot plan for that (and he’s not a striker and as an ex-Chelsea player wants to go there).

        Losing Walcott and to a lesser degree Bendtner might make Wenger change his mind, but as people keep pointing out, Podolski is not being used right now, so do we really need someone right now. Realistically, I’d hope we bring in a ‘good enough’ player on loan until the summer. — It doesn’t load up the squad, or get in the way of our summer buys.

        Of course I might be wrong and a great striker appears overnight (literally), much as Monreal did after Gibbs’ injury last year, but as then, it won’t be a fluke, but moving forwards a player we already had planned to buy.

        Lastly, as to timing, it doesn’t matter if we ask Liverpool if we can have Suarez (god forbid, just an example) in November or January, if the answer is going to be: ‘no, wait until the summer’, no matter what.

        Equally, it takes time travel to plan a January purchase in November when you only decide to buy someone in January. (Monreal type situation aside).

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      • So true, but that’s not the way Wenger does business (though I wish he did). Except for the purchases of Poldi and Giroud, Wenger never buys early. I would love to see the club announce in early January “This is the striker we wanted this summer, we’ve been working ever since to line up the deal, now the window is open and we’ve done it” Instead the strategy seems to be… January 1st, let’s go look for some players, I hope we find one!

        OK, maybe they honestly cannot find a better player than we already have, is that because they are principled or just incompetent. Before the signing of Ozil (which I think we were lucky to pull off), most people considered us incompetent in the Market, with failed bids for Suarez and Bender. Maybe we have so much money because they cannot bring themselves to buy a player, they are just paralyzed with indecision.

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        • Winter is the worst time to buy someone. Negotiations usually start during this window for the next summer. The last “world-class” player with big hype that Arsenal bought in the winter was Arshavin. We all know how that went.

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  1. We don’t need new signings desperately, a striker & RB would be good. All we need is our players to stay injury free. Hopefully Nacho hasn’t broken is metatarsal and would be out for 1-2 weeks max.

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    • How do we need a RB. The understudy of Jenkinson to Sagna is the perfect fit. Young promising talent to take over our established solid rb in coming seasons. Isn’t that the perfect situation?

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        • Its not fantasy football. Who would possibly sign with experience to sit on the bench.

          I love the situation we have at RB, assuming Sagna signs on of course

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        • Yes thats the only position that worries me. RB. Everyone else got their position and proper back up covered but when you turn to RB, can’t help but….Gulp!

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        • Sagna’s got plenty of fight, and he’ll do whatever he can to stay uninjured. Much of that points to match preparation etc., and even at his age his physical fitness is among the best in the team. Except for maybe Ramsey, he could even be the most fit.

          As for Jenkinson, the kiddo did fantastic last season early on with a decent run of games. I don’t care how experienced you are, you don’t have match consistency when you don’t have a run of matches. Look at Podolski’s form. 100+ German caps, all the experience in the world you could hope for, and he can still manage to disappear in a cameo. Nothing against him, but no matches, no consistency. If called upon, let’s support Jenkinson because he’s shown us before he’s got it in him to compete at the top flight. That and a wicked cross.

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    • I’d like it if he bought Santon. Think he fits our philosophy perfectly. Even if Sagna signs a new contract, especially if he doesn’t. I don’t know if Jenks has that potential to reach Sagna’s level, or even better.

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  2. Monreal’s injury last night, if indeed a broken metatarsal, makes the need for a new central defender more urgent, IMO. This is because Vermaelen would have to cover for Gibbs during the period. I trust the club will do the business that needs to be done and we may see up to 2 arrivals this winter.

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    • Would be nice, and might do wonders for Giroud’s confidence. Cause Henry would leave soon so he would still be a 1st choice striker (which he clearly wants to be, like a small child, to be in the center of attention) but again provide an amazing backup. Then next year Sanogo could be a backup cause for sure he will grow. If Nick leaves.

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  3. We have the toughest and busiest part of the season to come. Most teams are going to be fighting to either get into the top four or to avoid relegation.
    We have the FA cup and champions league. We needed a striker before theo got injured now we must buy one to be able to compete to the standards we have set ourselves.
    At the moment our team as it is can compete with city and Chelsea, we have proven that by being top but another injury or two and we are in trouble.
    Now is the time to buy from a position of strength and we can win the league. The inevitable injuries that will come and it’s another season of if only.

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    • Is it wrong that I’m hoping that City and Chelsea start to suffer with injuries as much as we have? I felt gutted for poor Nasri getting hurt like that. No, really.

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  4. We need a World class addition to the squad to help push us on to join the next level currently occupied by Bayern,Barcelona Real Madrid etc.and top top talent are hardly ever available in the January window for already well documented reasons.
    I would prefer us to keep our powder dry and complete the season with what we’ve got before really pushing the boat out in the summer and bringing in Suarez , Falcao or Rooney.

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    • Point taken, but you rather spoiled it when you suggested we might sign Rooney or Suarez. No thank you. I have an open mind about Falcao, not sure he’s what we need either.

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      • Yeah, heaven forbid we sign an absolute world beater.

        I’d happily quit my job to chauffeur that bitey racist to London Colney every day

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    • If United fail to make the CL I expect Rooney will leave, the question is to where? Same thing with Suarez though I suspect Rooney would be cheaper.
      Falcao you’re having a laugh, Monaco have no need to sell and they aren’t looking to weaken their squad either.

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      • Rooney is certain to go to Chelsea if he leaves. He suits them too, being both an arsehole and of an age at which Chelsea regularly sign strikers.

        I would say that Suarez is only ever going to go to Real Madrid or one of the nouveau-riche French clubs failing that.

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  5. Avoiding commenting on possible signings. I just wanna say what a dirty bunch of cunts those villa players are. Thats four or five players injured in two games against these fuckers. Pissed off isnt the word. The ref was shit playing on all the time when players were injured. Yes we did it once villa did twice.
    Minor rant over COYG

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  6. Yep, I can see Henry coming in as a last option. Wenger has been looking all this season for new recruits but as said before, the players he’s interested in are not always available, or willing to come to Arsenal. I’m sure he’s got something up his sleeve!

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  7. Can’t we try our hand at buying a player who isn’t available?
    We’ve been shafted soo many times these last few years, it might be nice to give a little back.

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  8. Henry……id fucking love it to be honest……still a better option to berbatov or the destro guy. Its win win. Itd get the fans going. The team would profit from his experience in and around squad. And with cazorla ozil ramsey wilshere etc supplying he could get us them important goals. He might not be as fast…..but still faster than most prem defenders lol. DO IT!

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  9. Reckon if we sign anyone it will be last day of the window stuff again. You get the feeling Wenger has something planned but doubt it will be as big as Ozil signing.

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  10. Relax lads, McGringleberry can operate as right back in the same fashion as Lauren as well as being a formidable Titi striker type and a holding midfielder is the fabled Vieira mold. In Arseblog we trust

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  11. You’d have thought Brady would be ITK, but it appears not as he hasn’t said anything we didn’t already know – Wenger has money, his priority is a striker, January is a shitty window.

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    • Well, he’s probably ITK, and I’m sure he’d like to keep it that way hence the obvious quotes. Just Arsene’s words in the media twisted to look like a new perspective but really it’s just the usual. I know you laughed too when Chelsea Oil hijacked Tottenham shit’s move for Willian. The game’s dirty, gotta protect yourself. they didn’t even have to do a medical. he’d already passed one. haha… Well, they are all scum… Scum scamming scum, the scum!

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  12. We will definitely need a goalscorer, especially for the bigger games, but am I the only one that thinks another defender wouldn’t go amiss. We’re pretty thin at the back, all things considered…

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  13. It’s interesting how playing well and getting back that belief allows a little bit more of sensibility in regard to transfers. We are be weeks into the window and the clamour/frenzy for a signing is nothing like it was in the previous years.

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  14. Buying a player at this moment seems like a thunderous clusterfuck beyond madness.

    Hopefully our players will stop getting fucking injured… <— my two cents

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  15. You see the problem with our teams is just injuries, & players remain have to take positions maybe they at times can’t with especially in fast paced games, i feel we need a the strength on goals,

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  16. Has to be Henry – please! He was on Sky Sports a few weeks and he mentioned how he would love to play with Ozil, and was full of praise for him. Make it happen Wenger!

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  17. Cannot see us signing anyone long term.

    However, did hear a tantalising rumour about Draxler and possibility of Podolski going the other way. Doubt it could happen but one of those that sounded a perfect solution.

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    • Yes, that is the perfect solution.

      I’ve long thought that Wenger is looking for a left sided player to balance the team. The left side of attack is not owned by one player the way the right is (when Walcott is fit), and Poldi is hardly setting the world alight. Schalke could use a player to replace Draxler and Poldi would get to play more ahead of the WC.

      Like Ozil, would be a huge statement of intent. But we would still need a center forward -but maybe could wait til summer if Bendtner could cover for Giroud, who we all hope plays every remaining game for Arsenal.

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