United here we come – Enquiry made for Hamburg’s Eljero Elia?
Written by Jeff Patterson on August 28, 2011 8:00
Arsenal head to Old Trafford today with a chance to take the momentum from Wednesday and turn it into something real, something permanent. A win against the Premier League champions would announce to the world that this team is here. Today, Arsenal can show that abundance of youth does not mean lack of quality. Most importantly, they can begin to put the name’s Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri squarely in the rear view mirror.
No one is expecting Arsenal to put up much of a fight today. Full disclosure, even I have to admit that odds don’t favor our young side, not with so many key players absent. United look mean, they look unbeatable at home, and after picking apart Totts last week (thanks for that Fergie), they look on form as can be.
But maybe that’s just what Arsenal need. There’s no pressure here, nothing to get in our player’s minds. In fact, with the whole world telling them they don’t have a prayer, perhaps youthful defiance can spur them on, to prove that they do indeed have plans to challenge for honors this year.
Admittedly, youthful defiance isn’t much to pin hopes on, but it’s all I’ve got. With creative catalyst Gervinho suspended, and joined by midfield enforcers Alex Song and Emmanuel Frimpong, Arsenal are looking very thin. And that’s before you take into account the laundry list of players who are out injured.
Show us what your made of Gunners! A result today will be keep this momentum building, and with Arsene seeming to have his first transfer week of the season, our young squad can hopefully look forward to some new faces in the locker room next week.
One new face that is being linked with Arsenal is midfielder/winger Eljero Elia. The Dutch international has been linked with Arsenal on and off throughout the summer. With Juan Mata moving to Chelsea and Lille determined to hold on to Eden Hazard, Elia represents an option whose game is in a similar mould.
I don’t know a great deal about the Hamburg star, but the few matches I’ve seen him in, I remember a quick, creative player. To be honest, if I’m remembering him correctly, he would not be the most beneficial addition Arsenal could make. I think the money would be better spend on a more classic midfielder, rather than another winger/attacker type, the kind that Arsenal seem to be overflowing with.
Arsene Wenger has been linked with hundreds of players this summer. With 4 days remaining until the deadline, let’s hope that, whoever he does target, the deal’s get done and Arsenal get the depth this squad still desperately needs.