Arsene Wenger has been getting alot of stick recently, with an increasing amount of Arsenal fans becoming disillusioned with Le Prof and suggesting that his time is up. It is understandable, I suppose, when Arsenal lose to Norwich and throw away two goal leads in consecutive games. He has been criticised for his summer signings as well, but that is one thing I cannot agree on.
Whether it was Wenger, Silent Stan or the whole board who were responsible for the sale of Van Persie and Song in the summer, it was Wenger who sealed the deal on Podolski, Cazorla and Giroud. The little Spaniard settled in straight away and is being compared to Fabregas and Silva and now looks an absolute steal at around £16 million.
Giroud had a slow start but Wenger was sure and kept his confidence up. Now we no longer get comments saying Giroud cannot cut it in the Premier league. It has not really taken that long for him to get going, and he certainly needs to revise his target of 15 goals for the season, the Frenchman has already got seven.
Podolski started well but went off the pace a bit. He was fresh and sharp again on Saturday, and it is just a matter of getting acclimatised to the Premier league and the amount and intensity of games. He is world class and a great acquisition for Arsenal.
Arsenal have three players tied at the top of the league goals list, and it is the three newcomers, so Wenger will be delighted. Another player that Wenger was criticised for signing was Gervinho, but until he got injured he was the top scorer. The Ivorian took longer to adapt but he was proving to be the player we hoped. Of course there will be flops, but every team has them.
Just be glad that when Wenger’s signings do not make it, they have not cost the club £50 million like Torres. Hopefully Wenger can keep up the good work with some quality signings in January.