French Class & Brazilian Magic/Our Options Now…

FINALLY the ongoing transfer saga of Ashley Cole’s move to Chelsea has been finalised with Cole moving to Stamford Bridge and William Gallas the classy French defender coming our way…William Gallas joins Baptista from Real Madrid and Tomas Rosicky as our three summer signings…

WHO WOULD HAVE BELIEVED IT AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SUMMER IF WE HAD BEEN TOLD THAT THREE TOP CLASS PLAYERS, ALL OF PROVEN QUALITY TO AN EXTENT…WOULD BE PLAYING AT THE EMIRATES THIS SEASON!?

Fair enough we have lost Cole and Reyes, two left sided players…left footed players…which COULD perhaps disrupt the balance of the team BUT my own personal opinion is that we are better off with these two “swapped” players than we were with them. Those who read regularly will know what I think of Ashley Cole and Reyes, yes they are two very talented players…and YES Ashley Cole is a tremendous defender…BUT no team needs players that don’t want to play for the club.

Gallas is a 29 year old SOLID defender who can play centre back…AND…left or right full back. He has experience, strength and pace, he can head the ball well, he’s good on the ball…he reads the game well, a tight man marker and has the recovery pace to match the rest of his great attributes which makes up a terrific defender. Kolo Toure and Gallas can be the best centre back pairing in the league…if he does play at centre back which is his best position, then it does still leave a slight gap at left back…but none of that today…because today is a happy day…as Arsenal fans we can all feel content that our team is more than good enough and solid enough to challenge this season. All it needed was a couple of solid signings and im sure the rest of the team will now be pumped up and rearing to go…AND YES CYGAN HAS GONE FOR £2 million, fantastic business…

Gallas plus £5 million…perhaps a bit more cash would have been nice but I’m more than happy at the result, this is what our team’s options are:

……………………..Lehmann

Eboue/………….Toure……….Gallas/…………Clichy/
Lauren/………………………Senderos/……….Hoyte/
Hoyte…………………………..Djourou…………Traore/
……………………………………………………..Gallas/
……………………………………………………..Flamini

Hleb/………..Fabregas/…….. Gilberto/……….Rosicky/
Freddy/………Baptista/………Flamini/………..Freddy/
Walcott/……..Rosicky………..Diaby…………..Walcott/
Van P?………………………………………..Van P?

…………….Van Persie/………….Henry
…………….Adebayor/
…………….Walcott/

A more than competent side in my opinion, terrific tallent all over the pitch and now with a bit of steady French solid defending, and hopefully some brazilian magic…hmmm and hopefully some YOUNG THEO added to the equation, the season is looking bright already. Cant wait…can you?

  • Joe

    personally id play 3-5-2 now, gallas toure and lauren/eboue, gilberto in front of the defence, fab and baptista just infront, helb and rosicky on the wings and henry and van persie up front..what a team!

  • Anonymous

    before we get overexcited – can we just get used to the pitch first, please?

  • Anonymous

    Im over the moon at the new signings and the spine of the team is looking more solid!

    But can someone tell me if “The Beast” Baptista has signed permanently or on loan as there seems to be some confusion! on Arsenal.com earlier today the details where that it was for a seaon-long loan, now it just says “undisclosed”

    Cheers,
    Rudi

  • Anonymous

    what a difference a day makes. i was 99% certain wenger would only add a japanese wonderkid and we would be the same vulnerable away losers as last season.with gallas and baptista we should have some extra drive and determination. glad to see the back of those left footed midgets.

  • Anonymous

    Well, at first sight the 5M cash looked ridiculously low, but the move solves Arsenal’s most serious problem. I think zen master Wenger knows what he is doing though. The central defence problem is fixed; if it wasn’t, a place in next years champion’s league (and the loss of a lot of money) was in serious doubt. We now appear to have good cover at every position but goal.

  • Anonymous

    Agree with most of the above…many reasons to be cheerful

  • Anonymous

    love the way kolos place is a cert…even with gallas and senderos challengin for places. doo doo doo we got kolo toure

  • ArsenalReview.com

    Yep I think Toure deserves that respect because he has carried this Arsenal defence through the last few seasons….BUT with Gallas, Senderos and Djourou, we have 4 very talented centre backs…two of world class proven ability in my opinion (Toure, Gallas)…the other two have showed they are more than capable, Senderos especially after being given the chance against the biggest players in the world and now Djourou has definately showed he is a good defender…all in all…reasons to be cheerful.

  • Per Arne Flø

    I hope Arsenal and David Dein have been smart enough to have a “sell on-clause” in the contract. Ashley Cole will be even more worth in 2 years time and I don’t like the idea that Chelsea sell him for £20m in two years time and start to earn money in the football players market.

    I think £5m and Gallas for Cole was cheap!

  • aua

    theres only a gap at the keeper and henry but apart from that we’ve got a pretty solid team. as long as those two don’t get injured, we should hopefully do better than last season. at least we now got players FULLY commited to the cause and who actually want to play for us. i say good riddance to those two.