Dec 232008

I’ve always been one to look on the bright side, so when the worst possible news came in today that Cesc’s injury was going to rule him out for around four months, I immediately looked for the positives.

And the one I come back to is that now, surely, Wenger will look to bolster the midfield in January. Up to now, his reliance on Cesc, coupled with his faith in Song, Denilson and Diaby, has put us in a situation where the resources are stretched, to say the least, but now that Cesc is out for the best part of the season, we’re left with a holding-attacking combination of Song and Denilson. Inspiring? Thought not.

Both players are capable of turning into class acts, but plainly neither are ready. It seems churlish that the absence of a 21 year old should highlight the problems in midfield, but surely now that our talisman is out of action for all but the last few weeks of the campaign, strengthening in January is a must.

That we needed reinforcement in the transfer window was already clear, but now that need is emphasised, and even Wenger appears to acknowledge the fact when asked whether he intends to get the chequebook out:

“‘It is more likely but we also have internal solutions and we are not desperate”

In other words, he is continuing to show the faith but realises the numbers simply do not add up.

In a way, it is fortunate that the transfer window is only a little over a week away, and that the Christmas schedule is not as hectic as in previous seasons.

But thoughts of January can wait. In the meantime, we have a critical match with Villa on Boxing Day. Let’s make that the focus.

But Cesc, get well soon. And let us not allow one injury to derail us. A big club should never be in that situation.

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