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?