Scott Parker plying his trade for the lilywhites of North London. Oh how different Sunday’s derby could have gone had Arsene Wenger listened to the calls for experienced reinforcements.
The calls had been ringing all summer for experienced reinforcements. Arsene Wenger himself stated that he was “not afraid to spend”. Well this was true, albeit only in the final hours on the final day of the transfer window on what most would call “cover the crack” signings rather than the marquee signings which every single Gunner’s faithful had craved.
The fact is, no true arsenal supporter is or was against le professor’s philosophy of blooding talented youth, but there comes a time when even one of the most respected managers in the current football world needs to take a look at things and contemplate change.
This however was not be.
The strangest part of this transfer window mystery is that the man that most feel was needed more than any other could of, if not was, the best and most economical piece of business the Gunners could of done all summer.
The man I am referring to is of course Scott Parker, a vital cog in the midfield for Arsenal’s oldest rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
The way in which Parker dominated the middle of the park on Sunday must have had Wenger cringing in his seat, for every midfield ball to be had Parker was there to claim it. The Gunners midfield was not spared a second on the ball without Parker snapping at their heels.
Is this not exactly what the Arsenal midfield needed?
The most frustrating part is that Parker with years of Premier League experience and undoubted leadership qualities moved to Spurs on the cheap for £7 million.
It is early on in the season but things are not looking good and with a manager who does not seem willing to change his philosophy, this begs the question, ”In Arsene do we really trust?”