I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with transfer deadline day. It compresses all the transfer activity into one fairly exciting day, after which we can stop speculating and just get on with the football, but on the other hand, it is a flurry of rumours and lies, more often than not ending in complete anticlimax.
This time, I’m not sure if an anticlimax is even possible, as no-one seems to be expecting us to sign anyone. If, as seems likely, Senderos stays, then hopefully he sits above Silvestre in the pecking order and we have enough cover in every defensive position.
If Denilson is likely to play the defensive midfield role when Song is absent, Wenger probably thinks we have enough cover there too (perhaps with Ramsey as third choice), and attacking-wise, we’re stocked.
Up front, we may be short of target men, but we’re playing an interchangeable system that doesn’t necessarily require one.
So this, of all deadline days, is one in which Wenger can justify buying only if the right player becomes available. If they aren’t, then spending the money we have available is a fruitless exercise. People will point to the Adebayor and Toure sales and insist we have money to burn, and they’ll be right, but it isn’t as if that money disappears if we don’t use it today – it’ll be available for a transfer period in which the right player is around. As with Arshavin in January.
Would I like to see an arrival? Of course. Do I think we’ll get one? Probably not. Am I going to write us off this season if we sign no-one? No.
That said, enjoy the day – there are plenty of cash rich sides looking for another diamond, and even more looking for replacements for the players they sold to those cash rich clubs. There will probably be moves.
I’m just not all that fussed if they don’t involve us.