Can we cope without Nasri for three months or is it all doom and gloom at Arsenal?
Written by Hasmat on July 21, 2009 17:55
It has been reported that Samir Nasri has broken his leg in pre-season training this morning, thus leaving Arsenal short of players already before the season begins.
Now while the sale of Adebayor has caused mixed emotions throughout the Gunners fans, with most pleased at his departure. But in selling Adebayor, have Arsenal sold fourth place?
Let’s take a professional and mature look at this transfer rather than from a fan’s point of view. Like many Arsenal fan I was happy to see Adebayor go, mainly because of the talisman’s poor show last season. Ok, players can have bad games, agreed but the main focus point with Adebayor is the change in his personality after hitting 30 goals the previous season. My own personal view is that Adebayor has become arrogant and maybe thought he was too precious to the club but no player is ever bigger than a football club!
The Tologese striker has failed to assess his own performance last season in order to improve but instead blamed a lack of support from the fans. In football, not every week will you be supported by the fans, it is a common factor that any footballer must learn to deal with mentally and put the performances right on the pitch in order to win over the love of the fans.
Too many times have I seen Adebayor do the ‘Henry’ style of play; he picks up the ball and goes to the left then passes to Clichy then no end result. A striker of his caliber and height should be in the box all the time, there is no point going to the flank when you’re the main target up front. If you look at Adebyor’s 30 goals two seasons ago, a lot of them came from strong runs through the middle.
Now taking a professional look to this deal, Arsenal have in fact lost a very important player in the team and must be replaced. Even Arsene described him as a ‘special’ player because the boss knows exactly what the team is losing. Adebayor was a player whom Arsenal were in dire need at the time even when Henry was here. He is strong and adds height to the front man enabling us to cross the ball more. But his physical presence worries other defenders.
Yes Arsenal have other strikers but all are technical players and Bendtner is not as strong to fill the gap just yet though he does add height up front. The worry for Arsenal if they fail to replace Adebayor is crucial and could determine their season. In the Champions League and against the top three, the Gunners do tend to employ a 4-5-1 formation but Adebayor was the key as he is strong enough to hold the ball up. I would like to remind all Arsenal fans at this point that he did score a crucial overhead kick against Villareal in the Champions league and the goal came out of nothing!
So why sell him? Well as mentioned before, when a player’s attitude changes for the worst, it affects the dressing room. This change could already be seen when Adebayor confronted Bendtner on the pitch! His heart focused on a move away from the Emirates and his performances lacked any sort of commitment by showing signs of laziness. Nobody needs that sort of player but he must be replaced.
With Nasri missing up to three months and will be back to his best within another months or two, it could mean Arsenal will have him out till end of November. A lot has been made recently about the way Arsenal spend their money, we saw what Real Madrid did this summer and its only going to get worse. The board will have to consider a takeover if Arsenal are to compete with the top clubs in the market; I am afraid but football is now sadly just another business.
I am not saying Arsenal’s season is just like the others but having sold a key member of the squad and now losing another to injury, they must replace them with at least one signing. We know that we will score goals and win games because we do play the best football in the country but against physical opposition, at the moment I worry that they will struggle. We cannot rely on Arshavin scoring four goals by himself again, but I feel another player similar to Adebayor’s stature will replace him straight away and push us in the right direction.