Liam Brady's admission that Arsenal were interested in Ivan Rakitic this summer can only mean one thing: we're still looking to bolster our midfield.
With dead wood in it already, like Tomas 'A good little player' to some but 'The Great Pretender' to me, Rosicky and Abou 'I'm always injured' Diaby, I thought we might be ready to offload one or two in that department.
The former academy director's frank revelation suggests otherwise.
However, the fact that he had to resort to google to find out Rakitic was Barca-bound makes you wonder how professional our scouting network actually is.
You would think somebody at the club had already noticed Rakitic before the World Cup kicked off, or is that asking too much?
If all the respected staff at the club were told to look out for midfielders, then surely they could have been told which players to forget about.
By the way, I'm not blaming Brady for this, as the 26-year-old Rakitic would not be expected to be scouted by the youth academy director.
I'm just saying that maybe 20 scouts worldwide is not enough for a club the size of Arsenal.
Meanwhile, I'm on the search for a Rakitic clone.
I'll let you know when I find one!
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