During our poor start to the season and generally throughout the season Arsène Wenger has faced many criticisms, one regular complaint is about players we should’ve or could’ve signed.
I myself don’t mind a bit of “I’d like to see him in an Arsenal shirt” chat from time to time…..but unlike Arsène I only have MotD highlights, and media hype to go by.
Remember when we drew with Fulham at home and Arsène received much ridicule for claiming not to know Berbatov was available? I’m sure you do everyone was laughing, everyone ignored Gary Neville’s article on the subject supporting Arsene’s answer.
Anyway at that stage Berbatov was setting Fulham alight and earning all the plaudits in the press…”if only we had signed him” came the cries from the disenchanted. 5 goals, 3 assists in 7 games, Fulham had a bargain, what has been largely ignored is since then he has amassed a grand total of 8 goals and 0 assists from 20 games, and for the 7 games immediately after their trip to the Emirates he managed 0 goals and 0 assists. It should also be noted that apart from his first appearance of the season he has started every game he has appeared in.
Have a glance to the stats on the right and look at Olivier Giroud, 10 goals and 3 assists in the PL from 29 appearances, only 17 of which have been starting appearances. Should Arsene have bought a 32 year old known to be lazy centre forward or a keen and willing 26 year old?
On the stats and looking further ahead than the end of summer of 2012 I’d say he probably made the right decision.
I’m sure if I did a bit of digging through the stats of other players I would find similar dips in form, but I ask all those that moaned about us not signing Berbatov, do you think the criticism was justified? And do you still want him now?
Gooner in Exile