Here’s the result of the poll I put up on this blog last night.
Well it seems as though most have not yet lost faith in Arsene Wenger tying up a big deal or two in August. Given the likely cost of the most likely purchase, Mr L Suarez, spending could easily be in the area of £50m on one player, so I think the result shows that a good proportion of fans think that deal will be done. Whether anyone thinks any more deals will be done is another matter.
Whether Suarez will be any good for Arsenal and whether Arsenal need a whole bunch of other positions filled with top quality players are two more matters.
To take all three in order: I think other deals will be done because I think Arsene wants to pull something out of the bag that no one is expecting. I have my doubts on Suarez being good for Arsenal – can he keep away from the FA’s disciplinary committee long enough? Will he be agitating for a move to Madrid in 12 months? Will we lose more money on him than we’ve lost on all the other write-offs of the past two seasons? (I use the term write-offs to mean those who we’ve been unable to sell while under contract as well as those whose value has been literally written off.)
Do we need a bunch of other positions filled with quality players? Yes. Yes we do.
Here’s the poll result in full:
Almost 1600 people voted, so it should be a fair representation. As with most of these things, once the numbers got past a few hundred the percentages didn’t change much, which is another reason to think it’s a reasonably accurate picture.
You just never know with Arsene though. Maybe the 7.98 per cent will be right and he won’t spend a bean. If so I hope he has earplugs for the north London derby, otherwise he’ll be deafened before kick off by chants that I would not repeat in front of my children.