All the talk leading up to the North London Derby was about how much Spurs had spent and how much Arsenal had not. Wenger has been defending his transfer policy, whereas the media have been ready to create a headline on how Spurs have become the kings of North London and Arsenal are on the brink of disaster because of the lack of spending.
Now I won’t lie and believe that everything is OK, however, hats off to Mr Wenger because he does know football and he did call it in his Friday interview. He claimed Spurs would not gel because of the amount of players they have bought in, on paper they look like world beaters, in reality they are still the same (at best). And this was shown at the Emirates on Sunday.
A 1-0 win isn’t the most resounding score line to brag about (thank you Mr Giroud), but Arsenal looked solid defensively (well the majority of the game). Yes the bench looked weak and we didn’t have a typical winger but Wenger knows his team. And Arsenal looked like a team. The first big test of the season and Arsenal passed it. I wouldn’t say with flying colours, but the team passed it.
There is still work to be done and money needs to be spent. I am not shocked that only Flamini came in before the derby (called it last week), but I am expecting at least two more faces in before the close of the deadline.
Ozil? Benzema? Di Maria? These three would be fantastic but not exactly what we need. These three plus two enforcers then I could see Arsenal challenging for the title. There is no doubt that on our day, Arsenal can beat nearly everybody (Ask Bayern Munich) but this is not often enough.
Deadline day will be very pivotal to whether or not Arsenal finally end the trophy drought and become a footballing force again. I do not believe 4 top class players will come in on deadline day, but I do believe business will be done to improve the squad.
If we are being realistic, the January transfer would be very important to make us a solid unit for the entire season. Only time will tell on how successful Arsenal will be this season and if the drought will end.
But for now NORTH LONDON IS RED!!!!