Oh dear, oh dear. And there was me thinking Arsenal were actually going to do it. They were going to win everything this season; the League Cup, The Champions League, The FA Cup and the league. How things change in the space of a week.
They were beaten by the Brummies and turned over in Barcelona. Now Arsene Wenger must know he has to recruit for next season if he is to have any chance of winning a trophy.
The big problem for Arsenal this season has been in the centre back department. For a team that for so long had the perfect central defensive partnership, in Adams and Keown, they are now making defensive cock-ups which are costing them dearly. In a bid to shore up a defense that Titus Bramble would call shaky, Wenger is looking to arguably one of the most under-rated teams outside the Top 5 – Everton FC – for inspiration.
Wenger has been linked with a move for Bolton’s Gary Cahill already this season, but reports today suggest that he might decide to make a move for Evert0n centre-back Slyvain Distin. The 33 year old Frenchman could prove an attractive financial prospect for the Gunnners, especially given the fact that he only has 18 months remaining on his contract, and could find himself leaving Goodison on a cut-price deal.
Understandably, David Moyes is not keen to let Distin go just yet and hopes to tie the player down to a new contract before the summer. He told reporters:
“Slyvain has been great for us and the change after Joleon Lescott left has been relatively seamless.”.
The news gets worse for Moyes however, with Arsenal also entering the race to sign midfield starlet Jack Rodwell. The player has already been scouted by Manchester United, and they could be ready to part with £15 million for the 19 year old.
Rodwell is the ideal Wenger signing; he’s young, plays in the middle of the park and is confident with the ball at his feet. But would he be put off by the price? We know how tight-fisted Wenger is. But perhaps given recent results, the French manager might realise that if you want to think big, you have to spend big.
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