Why replace Emmanuel Adebayor with another striker when it would be better to spend on a holding midfielder?
Written by Chris on July 16, 2009 1:30
It seems those happy to see Adebayor go are delighted because they believe Wenger will replace the Togo man with another striker. Marouane Chamakh and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar are two names Arsenal fans pronounce rapidly when asked who they want Adebayor to be replaced with.
But why? Let’s examine how the starting line-up would be at the moment:
Sagna – Gallas – Vermaelen – Clichy
Arshavin – Fabregas – Nasri
Eduardo – Van Persie
What’s so bad about the above line-up? I mean, up front, believe me, we are safe, more than safe. The number of available combinations for Wenger to start with next season will be a lot. Personally, I believe Eduardo and Van Persie should be the two regulars up front but as in the old days I used to say that Adebayor and Eduardo was the best possible striking force, then Bendtner may as well replace Adebayor in that role and team up with Croatian.
Now speaking of Nicklas, he did incredibly well alongside Carlos Vela but to be honest, the Mexican delighted us alongside whoever he played, especially Eduardo in the F.A. Cup. I still remember with a smile the kiss Eduardo gave to the youngster for providing the assist and trust me, there’s plenty more to come from Carlos.
And what about Arshavin? What makes you think he would not succeed as a striker alongside Robin or Eduardo with Vela securing the vacant role on the wing? Not to mention Theo. Seriously, a new striker would just add unnecessary healthy competition up front.
Central midfield is however an area we should focus on. As much as you may love Denilson and/or Song and/or Diaby, you have to understand that last season was a “test”, a test which maybe with the exception of Song they didn’t really pass with flying colours. Meaning, that there’s no guarantee whatsoever that next season they will deliver from start to finish.
So there, in central midfield is where the remaining cash should go in my opinion. And if you really don’t trust Robin, Eduardo, Carlos and Nick, then there’s always a certain Jay-Alistaire Frederick “Jay” Simpson as a valid backup.
And finally, just like yesterday, let’s not forget the battle John Hartson is fighting. He is in a critical condition after emergency surgery on his brain. Keep on fighting John, keep on fighting man, just as you used to do on the pitch.