Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Robin hints at a few more signings

Chamakh in - Gallas out

Robin Van Persie says we need a strong, experienced squad and an extensive reserve to mount a genuine title assault. While, business-man Gallas wants out because Wenger has deliberately refused to play ball.

Arsenal's striker Robin Van Persie might succeed in persuading manager Arsene Wenger, to spend big this summer in other to forestall any unforeseen situation.

Everybody likes Marouane Chamakh for now it seems - Van Persie didn't hide his admiration for the Morrocco international: "I know him (Chamakh) from Tv," he said.

"He looks good, he looks quite strong in the air and he scores a lot of goals with his head."

The 27-year-old believes injuries to himself, Fabregas, Arshavin, Gallas, Almunia and a host of other players curtailed the efficacy of the Gunners title challenge last season, but he is optimistic the arrival of Chamakh and maybe a few other players will boost the squad as they prepare in advance for next season's business.

"When you look at our year we have had really good periods. But we have been unlucky as well, so maybe we need a bit more depth in the squad.

"If you are unlucky with the players who play in the central role it is a killer for the team. I have been injured, Cesc has been injured, Almunia has been in and out, Gallas too.

"That's the spine of your team, which is very important. Maybe we can do something there, but you need to ask the boss."

Meanwhile, William Gallas is set to reject the club's offer of a new deal if it doesn't conform to the standard requirement (2 years, £90k-a-week) set by him, when his representatives meet Arsene Wenger.

A source close to the French centre back, who has been out with a recurring calf problem squealed that the 32-year-old's game against Barcelona might be his last for the Gunners.

"Something seems broken between William and Arsene and it looks possible he will not be at the club next season."