The latest news from the bluegrass state.
It's about that time in the transfer window when everything goes crazy, Arsene becomes a little more cryptic than what's normal, and we all run around grabbing our heads wondering who we're going to see don the red and white of Arsenal. You know, if we sign anyone. I think Thierry said it best when he said that it takes strong shoulders to wear the cannon. Perhaps he rumor mill has just been filled with not quite exceptional enough players.
Seems Real Madrid today played a side consisting only of players purchased - the first time in 50 years that they've fielded a team without a single academy graduate. I think that goes to show how important the work last summer was with revamping our academy with the Dutch group that came in. Even our back room staff with new physios seems to be paying dividends with players coming back looking fitter, stronger, than they have before. Hopefully the new prospects with the Jeff leading the line will be first team ready soon. Arsene likes those like-new-signing signings.
So who do we bring in? It doesn't feel like Real are going to let go of Benzema - if that was ever a reality. Arsene seems convinced of some final days transfer dominoes, which means we could be leaving this window all up to the roulette. I'm convinced that we need a defensive midfielder; Flamini and Arteta don't feel like first team quality for a title challenging side, and Coquelin - while he has surprised many, and Arsene says that he's the best defensive mid in Europe - I think we could use a class upgrade. Someone who not only breaks up play but can do things on their own. Maybe now that Vidal went to Bayern, Javi Martinez will become available. Someone like that. I'd really even fancy the pole from Sevilla - Grzegorz Krychowiak - and we all know how much Arsene loves a keyboard cruncher.
At striker, we just need someone different, and frankly I don't know who it would be. Then again, I'm not the world's seventh most valuable club (http://www.forbes.com/soccer-valuations/list) with the scouting network the size of ours.
We'll see in the next few days!
Branch Manager of Arsenal Kentucky.