The January transfer window seems an eternity away now for Arsenal as we seek means to fill the Swiss-cheese holes left in our defence by the injury concerns plaguing the club. Thankfully, there is the emergency market which stays open where clubs can look in for cover in dire situations. It may be a warehouse where only what you find are no-cost old wares, but say we take pains to dust the cobwebs, can we find a decent pair of shoes to wear while the sun scorches?
Yobo in Everton colours
- Joseph Yobo
Perhaps the most experienced name on this list, the ex-Everton man had a somewhat impressive career during his days at Goodison, first signing on loan in 2002 before going on to make over 200 league appearances for the then David Moyes coached side, spanning 10 years.
As captain of Nigeria’s African Cup of Nations’ winners in 2013, Yobo has both the top level experience (played in 3 World Cups) as well as the leadership ability which will come handy for the Gunners as it sometimes have appeared to be a lack of sufficient leaders on the pitch, especially during defensive circumstances.
Much cannot be expected of him at 34, but he may be motivated to add one final feather to – as his career winds down – Arsenal will be the biggest club he would have played for. (Having to share one more thing in common with ex-Arsenal star Nwankwo Kanu may be another motivator).
George in West Ham Colours
- George McCartney
One noticeable feature of the new-look Arsenal is the burgeoning presence of a significant number of British players in the squad, and as there is yet no Northern Irish player, George McCartney may have more than one role to fulfill if Wenger sees him as the man to call.
It will also not take him long to adjust to life in London having had two stints at West Ham where he made a game or two short of 100 appearances. Within the same age bracket as Yobo (actually a year younger), McCartney will gel well with the boys and his experience in the League should also prove vital in considering him.
Stoke City’s Abdoulaye Faye celebrates during the Barclays Premier League match at the Britannia Stadium
3. The ex-Stoke man was a trusted ally of former Stoke boss, Tony Pulis, receiving the armband for the 2009-2010 season having been named Player of the Year the year before. Given the Pulis Philosophy on tackling hard and well, the ex-Senegalese International has a reputation for no nonsense defending, also being able to draw in teammates into protecting the rearguard when under pressure. Faye may “like the English people better than the French” but it surely won’t pose any challenge to playing for a French manager in England if Wenger gives him a call on just how nice French people are too.
To be Continued…
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