Date: 9th August 2011 at 10:32am
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After the signing of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Southampton yesterday I`m seeing an increasing number of complaints regarding the excessive number of wingers Arsenal currently employ.

Now almost everybody sees football differently, indeed it`s what makes our sport great and the most blogged about thing in the universe, so forgive me that I just don`t see how Arsenal have too many wide men.

I fully understand the grumbles and moans that a central defender is more important than spending £10-£15Million on a 17 year old winger, however it could just be the case that the signing of Alex was much easier to tie up than our central defensive targets. It`s quite plausible, probably even, that Wenger entered movements for a defender long before he make his second move for Chamberlain, however as the boy wanted to join so much that the transfer was swift and easy. But I digress.

If you want to moan about that, by all means go ahead, but to say we have too many genuine wingers? I just can`t see it.

Our current widemen (at the time of writing, plenty of Nasri rumours out there today) are Nasri, Arshavin, Theo, Rosicky, Gervinho ?.. all players who can do a job out there, but not where they usually ply their trade.

Nasri, Arshavin and Rosicky all central attacking midfielders, Theo a striker, and one who`s spoken publicly about his desire to return to that position (maybe Oxlade-Chamberlain will facilitate that?) and Gervinho is a ? well I`m not too sure right now, the guy is a whirlwind.

I`ve talked about the need for a proper winger for quite some time, and whether this promising 17 year old is the answer I`ve no idea, but it`s a step in the right direction.

Our own LittleDutch has waxed lyrical on many occasions regarding the fact that Theo Walcott has become a more important player for Arsenal, not because he`s better than Arshavin, but because of his pace and willingness to get in behind defenders, and whilst Theo isn`t a winger by trade, he possesses many of the traits of a good one.

So again, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain signing for Arsenal might not be the best timed transfer as far as appeasing fans goes (ugh), but his position is certainly something we need.

If he is a to go straight into the first team, his presence on the wing would allow to sell Nasri for a handsome sum for a player in his last season / allows Arshavin or Nasri to move inside after Cesc swans off to pastures new / gives Theo the chance to move upfront where I believe he would be the most dangerous ….. or just give us an extra option.

Let`s hope this is a busy week which will generate much more discussion.