Yesterday, I had initially written out and prepared a post about how the end of Arsenal's transfer window this summer very much mirrored our performances on the pitch last season.
We showed great promise, flair, excitement only to falter when it really mattered- dwarfed by the bigger teams and yet again falling behind. Arsenal not buying a striker would have been like going to Tesco, having not eaten for days, with £100 in your pocket and subsequently leaving with ten Miley Cyrus Albums. Negligence of the highest order.
I, along with I'm sure a plethora of Arsenal fans felt real deep rooted anger when David Ornstein tweeted that no players would be coming in on deadline day. It wasn't disappointment that I felt. It went beyond that, I really felt let down, and confused. Like when my mum was late picking me up at the school gate. I felt as if I had been failed.
Falcao, a player that we all desperately craved, was going to UTD, a team that already has 3 strikers better than ours. The tears within me were beginning to surface. My bottom lip was starting to flicker.
Okay I'm being dramatic, and in all honesty I can see why we didn't opt for the Columbian. The money being spoken about is, put rather plainly, a farce. He quite plausibly could have fired us to a title. He would have had a hell of a lot more impact at Arsenal than at Man Utd, of that I'm sure.
But we have to be realistic and highlight that unlike what has been suggested in the press, we have limited resources. We won't and probably never will pay player 350k a week. Just like I won't be taking out Jennifer Lawrence for dinner any time soon (but my word I will try even harder having seen those pictures leaked on twitter. We could be perfect together Jen)
Welbeck- A signing we should all be relieved with
Around 4 o'clock on deadline day, after the 4687th refresh of my twitter feed, we started to see more movement being made. Some Welbeck news broke. My initial reaction went like this:
WHAT!? WELBECK!? DANNY FRIKIN WELBECK!? THATS LIKE SHOPPING FOR CAVIAR AND GOING HOME WITH HEINZE KETCHUP. WHAT ARE YOU SMOKING ARSENE!?
Once my initial anger had passed, I analysed it more objectively. The more I thought about it, the more sense it made.
He's no Falcao, he's no Cavani, he's no Reus. But he's 23 years old, he has an abundance of premiership experience, a point to prove, he's fast, he's powerful and whenever I've seen him I'm always impressed with his link-up-play.
He's low risk and if played through the middle he could flourish. Arsenal fans becoming livid with Balotelli moving to Liverpool and turning their noses up at Welbeck are falling victim to the 'Foreign Name Syndrome'. Common symptoms of this includes a condition where anyone with a fancy name sounds like a better footballer. If Welbeck was called Welbinho, we would have all been jumping for joy.
Wenger has swiftly moved on all the 'troublemakers' in our squad. Song, Adebayor, Gallas etc. He's not going to start re-signing players of that nature. We steered clear of Balotelli and rightly so.
Welbeck- the missing link
So I held back from posting how let down I was with Wenger because he pulled something out of the bag. He got a lot of unfair abuse yesterday for being at a charity event- I think it's pretty disgusting that a man doing something for charity is damned and ridiculed in an environment where 850mil is being recklessly spent on transfers and where there are players that are getting paid £30 a second. Our manager helped raise money for a good cause. That should be applauded not lambasted.
A solid DM/defensive cover was the only missing link in our transfer window. Welbeck may not be the flavour of the month amongst most us, but he has the potential to leave a very sweet taste in the mouths of Arsenal fans and very sour one in those of the Man Utd fans....if he hits the ground running.
We will have to hope that we can make it through to January with only 6 defenders. But comparing our situation to that of Chlesea and Man Utd, number wise we are very similar. Quality wise, we're miles ahead of UTD so we aren't doing that badly. I'm declaring myself available for the Capital One Cup games if we need a body in there. I have a Mediterranean surname, hopefully that will be enough to appease the fans.
A 7/10 summer
Overall, we did alright in the end. If you told me 12 months ago we would have Sanchez and Ozil in our team I would have thought you were a mad man.
We can have a go this year.
Whether we'll have enough to do it, we will see, but we have a good core of (British) players. Compare a front three of Giroud Cazorla and Podolski with Welbeck Walcott Sanchez, and you see we have added pace and power. The very component we lacked last year. No more excuses now about a lack of movement up front. Our midfield have runners in front of them, so it's up to them now to find them.
It wasn't a stellar transfer window. A Volkswagen rather than a Rolls Royce. But that doesn't mean we can't win the race - we did some decent business that could be fruitful.
Bring on January so we can do this all over again.