During the summer Arsenal lost key players in Robin Van Persie and Alex Song, and they will be sorely missed, for their goals and creativity, and assists and defensive ability respectively. But it’s hard keeping a top class player at Arsenal in recent years, due to the lack of trophies.
The first, and biggest loss to Arsenal this summer was Robin Van Persie, who left for rivals Manchester United, as he was unhappy in the direction Arsenal were heading, and wanted to win more trophies. This transfer really did show that there is very little loyalty in the game nowadays. Van Persie will be sorely, sorely missed for Arsenal, he had a fantastic season last year, won the Premier League golden boat, was Arsenal’s captain, and scored the majority of the goals to fire the gunners into third place.
Wenger gave Van Persie the captains armband, and offered him the highest wages at the club, and this still wasn’t enough for the Dutch striker. However, having said this, Arsenal fans will move on, eventually, and the arrivals of Giroud and Podolski in his position will do well to soften the blow. Despite this, even in the first three games of the premier league season it has been clear that, at times, Arsenal have been missing his quality in the final third. But, with the recent 2-0 win at Anfield, and the signs that Giroud, Podolski, and Cazorla are starting to gel with the team, bodes for a good season even without Arsenal fans’ new Nasri.
Probably second on the chart of Arsenal’s biggest losses this summer, Alex Song got the most assists last season for Arsenal, with 15, and had a great year. The departure of Alex Song must infuriate Arsene Wenger, three years ago Arsenal fans were annoyed at how Alex Song was still playing for Arsenal, and that he should be sold. Arsene Wenger was the only man that saw the potential that Song had, and almost singlehandedly Wenger made Song into the player he is today.
After all his hard work, for Song to swap a key role in the Arsenal team for Barcelona’s bench, must anger Wenger possibly more than the departure of Robin Van Persie. However, although Alex Song was instrumental last year for Arsenal, he is replaceable. Therefore, come the end of the transfer window, when Wenger was still yet to buy his replacement, Arsenal fans got annoyed at the lack of activity in the transfer window for a Song replacement. Which is fair enough, but what a lot of Arsenal fans were forgetting, while some stayed quietly confident, was that Abou Diaby is once again fit. Diaby was superb against Liverpool recently, and if Arsenal can keep him fit, he can do more than ‘replace’ Alex Song.
Bendtner went out on loan last year to Sunderland, and did reasonably well, it is clear, however, that he has no future in an Arsenal shirt, and despite the talent he showed in Euro 2012 for Denmark, Arsenal weren’t unhappy to let him go to Juventus for a season with an option to buy at the end of the year.
Wenger signed Park last year from Monaco, but he only featured for Arsenal in the Carling Cup, and even then it was rarely. It seems strange of Wenger to buy him last year, and never play him, but evidently he simply wasn’t good enough, and this is the reason for him leaving Arsenal on a loan deal with view to buy to Spanish side Celta Vigo.
Many Arsenal fans will deem the transfer window unsuccessful, in losing two of their best players, but in my next article I will review Arsenal’s singings, and it’s not all bad news for Arsenal fans.