By Walter Broeckx
The official transfer window was closed last Monday. But to my surprise the constant stream of transfer rumours didn’t stop at all.
The levels of insanity in the media have risen to new heights. The one that made me laugh out loud was that Alexis was going away this summer because…. Cazorla won the last two player of the month polls.
Yes that really was a rumour that was spread around. Some say this rumour was produced in Spain (too much Sangria I guess) but people took it over all over the world and most amazingly some seemingly believing it! Can you believe that? Oh well some people really need to have something negative each day or they will not be happy. As far as you can be happy by being negative.
But of course each team can make deals with their own players outside the official transfer window. And that is exactly what Arsenal have done in the last few days. And so in the weekly press conference Arsène Wenger said the following thing according to the official Arsenal twitter account: “Wenger: “I’m very happy with the business we did. We met our targets and extended Akpom’s and Coquelin’s contracts” ”
The business we did is of course the two incoming transfers. Bielik our young Polish eagle being one for the future (but at Arsenal the future can come quickly if you perform well enough no matter your age). And of course our right-centre-left back-in-one, we bought in the person of Gabriel. For this transfer the language barrier being one of the biggest problems it seems. But I’m sure they will work on that and he will get his chance. Who knows maybe next week in the FA cup?
But more importantly we also did internal business. Coquelin extended his contract that would have ended this summer. And looking at his recent performances that is great news. I think the older legs of Flamini and Arteta will spend a bit more time on the heated beach. That is of course the case for Flamini as Arteta is still out injured. But I think the captain will find it hard to get in the team as long as Coquelin keeps performing like he does.
However as we slowly are preparing ourselves for more midweek matches starting from next week and then at the end of the month the CL will start again I do think that even the young legs of Coquelin will need a breather every now and then.
Come to think of it for the position of defensive midfield beast we now have Coquelin, Arteta, Flamini and young Bielik. That is four players to play in that position. And we spentalmost nothing for them in the last transfer windows. Despite all and everyone shouting out loud that we absolutely had to spend big for that place. Arteta is getting some fitness problems but after his operation they could be solved maybe so he can last longer. Flamini is always handy to have around when we need some fight in a match.
Coquelin looks to be something in between Arteta and Flamini. More aggressive than Arteta but also his technique seems to be better than Flamini. I haven’t got a clue about Bielik but he also seems to be a very skilful player. And as I have written for many years: Arsenal don’t need a beast in that position. We need intelligence.
The last bit of internal business we did is about Chuba Akpom. I still remember a few years ago when in an article I had written Apkom and kept on repeating my mistake. I blame it on the way the letter K and P are place on the keyboard but the wrong way just types easier than the correct way. But I somehow got a feeling that I might be getting used to typing his name in the future. I think in his short spell at Brighton he was rather impressive. If he hadn’t been chopped down on numerous occasions he would have scored a goal at least. The way he took on players and went passed them be it on pace or by pure skills was great to see. And he also was great in closing defenders down, working hard.
And now against Aston Villa I could see him live and from close range. And I think the boy has it all to become a great striker. The way he went past the Aston Villa defender when he was brought down by the keeper was all about having quick feet and control. If the crosses or his positioning (difficult to tell what was the real reason) would have been a bit better he would have scored again.
What is important I think is that his movement took him in to good positions. It is only a matter of time before he will be in the right place at the right time. And I think that once he starts scoring he will become even better. The first goal is something that a striker is chasing too much maybe. It is understandable but it is important to let him know that it will come. No need to put too much pressure on his young shoulders now.
I must say I was impressed by Akpom in recent weeks and I do admit after seeing him play in those matches I was getting a bit worried about his contract situation. But now the boss has told us it is done I must say that I am very happy about it. We seem to have found another Arsenal product that will make his way to the first team. And as most strikers only begin to really produce when they are older than 20 we should give him time to grow slowly.
In my opinion this transfer window was a big success. Some new guys, some internal solutions. We did it the Arsenal way.
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