01
Feb
13

Is One Really Enough?

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As I made myself comfortable in front of Skysports news for the final knock ins of transfer deadline day. I have to admit I succumbed to bitter resignation of us doing any business. confounded by the fact that there were no reporters at the Emirates or outside London Colney. Could we possibly not be looking at anyone. There had been several outlandish rumours doing the rounds. David Villa, Edinson Cavani, Maarten Stekelenburg, Bastian Schweinsteiger, to name just a few. None of these coveted in any kind of realism.

Finally a story broke that we had made an enquiry for Malaga and Spain Left back Nacho Monreal (pictured). relatively unheard of on these shores, but in Spain held in very high regard. Rated as the second best left back in La Liga. the deal is to be believed to be in the region of £8.7 million signing what is reported to be  a four and a half year deal. I have seen him a few times for Malaga this season and have been impressed. He is good in the air, solid defensively but is more of a wing back than left back so expect to see him ranging down the left and he will lend very good support to the ever improving Lukasz Podolski. whether he was signed by the board or Wenger remains unanswered not sure that is hugely important at this time but we have been here before.

Will just the one signing be enough?. I have read a lot of opinions since last night regarding our transfer activity or lack of. many are very concerned and I believe with good reason. I don’t think I had ever been so concerned about us defensively than I had been during the Liverpool game on Wednesday night, we looked shambolic and inexperienced. reminded me of the way Aston Villa have defended this season. I have to say I would have loved us to have signed Chris Samba unfortunately he is now at QPR, he would have solidified our defence no question.

I would have liked us to have signed 3-4 players to be honest even if it was on a temporary basis. Our back four is a major concern would have liked at least one centre half as I have already mentioned. we are extremely short of presence in midfield. still don’t think we have anyone who can really marshal our midfield and just sit in front of the back four. Also a striker to replace Chamakh who is out on loan.

In conclusion I am very happy with the signing of nacho Monreal but I also have to admit I am very disappointed with the lack of any other activity.

Feedback always welcome.

@goonerscribe

@gunnersinarms

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