It’s a very late, very brief post today in the wake of the closing of the transfer window.
By now you will surely know that it was a hugely uneventful final day, with no new signings coming in. I said in yesterday’s post that I was hoping a defensive midfielder would come in to cover for Alex Song but alas, it was not to be. It’s clear that nothing particularly tickled Arsene Wenger’s fancy and he’s confident enough in the squad he has and, like it or lump it, we simply have to accept it.
The one positive from yesterday’s business was that we surprisingly held on to Philippe Senderos. The Swiss defender – who had supposedly signed for Everton a few weeks ago – has stuck around to give us much-needed in an area that I feel we needed it. He will now undoubtedly slot in as the fourth choice defender and when you stack Senderos along with William Gallas, Thomas Vermaelen and Johan Djourou you have to think we have enough quality and experience in that area of the pitch.
Despite a kajillion hits on the blog yesterday from people desperately wanting to see a signing, the big news of the day turned out to be Eduardo’s two-game Champions League ban. You probably don’t need me to tell you that it’s an utterly ridiculous decision given the current state of the rules and should UEFA refuse the appeal that Arsenal are likely to throw back at them then they will be opening an enormous can of worms.
Every club in the Champions League will feel within their right to challenge any dive that goes against them and, as good as that might prove for the game, it’s going to create an enormous amount of work for the powers that be at UEFA and some hugely contentious decisions. Watch this space, I reckon.
Anyway, I’d better leave it there. More preparations for Malaysia to get stuck into. Ciao!
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