How London clubs must spend their cash this summer
If Wenger doesn’t need new defenders, then what does he need?
While Tottenham have got to work early and spent big on Luka Modric and Giovani dos Santos, Arsenal are still on the starting blocks, with the first sign of any transfer activity at the Emirates being quickly shot down by Arsene Wenger:
“I have been interested in Vincent Kompany ever since he was 16, but I am not interested in him this year. There is nobody I need for my team’s defensive department.”
Which of course prompts the question: what’s the point of tracking someone for six years if you have no intention to signing them? By acting much like a flirtatious girl who makes you believe she’s the one but who will quickly break your heart, perhaps Arsene is telling us he simply enjoys the thrill of the chase.
Anyway, Arsenal’s reticence to invest has spurred The Spoiler to consider where each London club needs to improve next season.
So we did a think and then gone wrote it down:
Flair players – Big Phil hasn’t just been brought to Chelsea to win trophies, he’s expected to bring some Brazilian flair to the job and make the Blues exciting to watch as well as being scarily efficient.
Fitting the bill: Ronaldinho, Kaka, Franck Ribery
Depth in midfield – Diarra then Flamini have gone, Hleb’s inconsistent, Rosicky’s injured, Gilberto’s past his best and Fabregas got tired last year so it’s clear that Arsenal need to bolster their midfield, and potentially bring in a new keeper.
Fitting the bill: Gareth Barry, Samir Nasri, Hatem Ben Arfa, Bastian Schweinsteiger
New medical team/left-winger – Take away the dozen injuries West Ham had for most of last season and they’ve got perhaps the biggest squad in the league.
The left wing is a problem though: the fans turned on Boa Morte and he wants out while Etherington is always injured.
Fitting the bill: Stephen Hunt, Damien Duff, Pablo Aimar
New goalkeeper and striker - Cerny has gone and Robinson’s confidence left ages ago so it’s vital Spurs get someone new in. With Berbatov still likely to leave another starting striker and a back-up is a must.
Fitting the bill: Gregory Coupet, Carlos Kameni, Lukas Podolski, Dave Kitson
A new striker – With Brian McBride and possibly David Healy leaving, it’s vital to Fulham’s chances that they bring in another striker or two next year. They’ve moved well in the free transfer market to strengthen but may now need to spend some money.
Fitting the bill: Bobby Zamora, Dave Kitson, Jason Roberts
Stay tuned to The Spoiler for a much less London-centric list…