Danny "F*cking" Welbeck
The little boy in side me says, "Wenger, why the F*ck did you not sign Falcao or Diego Costa or a world class striker?" and "Where is our back up Centre Back? and Defensive Midfielder?"
But then logic kicks in:
- Its Wenger...
- £346k a week is way to much for a player on loan
- Welbeck will have something to prove
- And he was also mentored by probably the best manager to ever grace the planet (hurts me to say this)
We asked for a striker, we got one. 142 Man-U, 29 goals. A goal every 4.8 games. Considering he played second fiddle to RvP, Rooney, Hernandez etc. I reckon under Wenger he will flourish and find his spot pretty quickly. He is no Henry or Wright, but don't forget he is only 23, a regular in the England squad since 2011 and has the pace advantage over Giroud.
Is Welbeck worth £16mil prob not. £10 would have been a fair price, but considering he is an english player (always a premium), we were desperate and it was the last day of the windows prices were always going to be inflated.
Wenger decided to meet the pope and maradona in rome, rather than sort out transfers (twat)
The last minute Hunterlaar rumors got me quite excited but alas, it wasn't to be! Neither was the Marco Reus, Cavani etc.
5 things that we did right during the window:
1) Getting the majority of business done quickly
We bought most of their players early, allowing them time to integrate in to the squad instead of having to assimilate a host of players when the season had already started.
2) Signing like-for-like replacements
Wel lost a centre-back, a right-back and a goalkeeper this summer and they replaced all three with Mathieu Debuchy, a full French international, David Ospina, the first-choice Colombian goalkeeper, and Calum Chambers, the most promising defender in the country. We also let two fringe forwards go in NIcklas Bendtner and Park Chu-Young and replaced them with Danny welbeck, Alexis Sanchez and Joel Campbell.
3) Landing a ‘marquee signing’
Following on the heels of the arrival of Mesut Ozil last summer, Wenger brought yet another marquee signing to the club in Alexis Sanchez, showing that they we are not afraid of spending big money when the right player comes available.
4) Keeping their best players
Apart from Lukasz Fabianski and Bacary Sagna, both of whom ran down their contracts, we managed to keep hold of all their big-name players for another summer. We also managed to clear out the final bit of deadwood still drifting around in Nicklas Bendtner and Park Chu-Young. We did, of course, sell yet another captain, allowing Thomas Vermaelen to leave for Barcelona, but given that he could no longer get in to the first-team, his loss won’t be felt as much as it would have had he departed a few seasons ago.
5) Improving the club’s backroom team
We have tried to address the fact that they struggle with injuries – both picking them up and getting players back fit again after they have had one – by bringing in renowned fitness guru Shad Forsythe. His signing could yet be the best one that we have made this summer.
Overall this window, I'm happy-ish. We have had worse remember!
Until the inter-lull is over