Producers, not buyers
With the international week in full stream there’s not too much going on around the club at the moment, but Arsene Wenger did find some time to explain his feelings on the club and its policy on purchasing big players. Wenger declared openly that he believes the club is a producer – rather than a buyer – of great players. He also mentioned that Arsenal are not against purchasing world class players, but suggested that there aren’t as many available as the media would have you think and that many players are overpriced.
“I feel [the club] makes superstars. I feel we are in the process of turning Cesc Fabregas, Denilson and Abou Diaby into world-class players. We have a feel for the game and the way we want to play football is linked to development and therefore you have to take your time a little bit. If you find an extra special player then OK. But I have not seen a number of what you might call world class players. World class prices maybe but not world class players.”
Supporters of the club will know that Wenger has always been a better producer of great players, so it’s hard to argue with his comments there, especially when you see guys like Darren Bent being bought for almost ludicrous sums of money. The advantages of Arsenal’s and Wenger’s policy on bringing up young players are clear; the players know exactly what is required of them and the squad is given time to build up a collective spirit and vision, something I touched on briefly in yesterday’s post. It could be argued that this approach is not as effective as simply purchasing great players but the fact is, there is something extra-special about achieving success if it is done using the former methods. It is clear that the current group of players at Arsenal are very talented and if they continue to build in spirit and confidence I feel that success is just around the corner.
The Eduardo explosion?
One of the players that will be hoping to continue building his confidence in the next few weeks is new signing Eduardo da Silva. The Croatian scored his first goal for the club against Sparta Prague last week in his best game for Arsenal so far and manager Arsene Wenger is adament that the nippy striker can build into some form on the back of that excellent performance.
“[Croatian manager] Slavan Bilic told me that in his first two or three games for the national team Eduardo was a bit inhibited then he suddenly exploded. You saw him play on the left against Sparta and you can tell he was very lively. Like every striker who comes in he feels he has to score goals.”
There’s no doubt that Eduardo has looked lively whenever he’s appeared this season, and it is good to hear that he feels like he has to score goals. He doesn’t seem like the type of player who would ever let that mentality get the better of the team and I actually think it’s a good thing to have at least one player in the squad with such a strong desire to score goals. With van Persie undoubtedly the first choice striker I think the key to Eduardo scoring goals will be down to the two of them building a strong partnership. From what I’ve seen so far Eduardo has looked at his most dangerous when paired with Emmanuel Adebayor and if he can build that same connection with van Persie then 15 goals isn’t unachievable.
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