T20 finalist Jade Dernbach is aiming for a successful Saturday which would mean he helps Surrey to silverware in Birmingham while his beloved Arsenal start the Premier League season with three points.
The England international will be playing against tournament favourites Hampshire for his county at Edgbaston (2.30pm) while his favourite football club kick-off their domestic season at home to Aston Villa 30 minutes later.
The quick bowler is a keen follower of the Gunners and heads to the Emirates Stadium to watch his boyhood team as much as he can between the hectic cricket schedule and he says Arsenal need to get off to a quick start.
“Last year with the start we had there was no way of dragging that back with the team we had,” he told GiveMeSport.
“It’s important to get off to a flier, we have a big month to start with, especially with Tottenham in there so it’s always nice to get one over our local rivals early on.
“The big one is on September 1st against Spurs at home, just after the transfer window so I’d like to get myself down to watch.”
Dernbach, like the majority of Arsenal fans is concerned at the lack of transfer activity with only free transfer Yaya Sanogo been signed to date despite constant speculation regarding potential incomings.
Luis Suarez has been the name that seems to have been on top of Wenger’s summer shopping list but with Liverpool reluctant to sell the Surrey man says they need to bring in quality before the end of the month.
“If they don’t I might end up supporting QPR,” joked Dernbach in an exclusive interview.
“It’s been a bit of a saga and Arsene Wenger has been keeping his card pretty close to his chest and I think there could be some uproar if there’s no more signings.
“I’m getting very nervous because we weren’t particularly successful last year and with just days until the transfer window closes we still have not signed anyone its quite tough to take as a fan.
“Even more so when the club came out in the media to say how much money they have to spend and we see our local rivals down the road Tottenham spending high on £50 million it is nervous times.”
Despite the frustration of Dernbach he can understand why Brendan Rodgers does not want to lose the Uruguayan, especially to a team that, like Liverpool will be fighting for a Champions League berth.
“The disconcerting thing is it doesn’t look like Liverpool will let Suarez go to a rival and you can see why. I heard some news that Luiz Gustavo might be signing for us so that would be a start but I think we need three or four, not just one big name signing.
“We had Robin Van Persie for a time and he was our only world class player which isn’t enough to carry a whole side so that shows if you put all your eggs in a Suarez basket is it going to be enough to suffice and I’m not so sure.
“Sometimes Wenger finds a way of pulling it out the bag and he must know something’s that we don’t know, there must be a wonder kid coming through but I’d like to see him.
“It’s hard to look past what he’s done for us and our most successful years have come under him so it’s important that we stay faithful to him as a supporter group because once the fans turn then its doom and gloom.
“I don’t think there’s many managers that are capable of replacing such a man, Pep Guardiola but he’s obviously gone elsewhere, sometimes its better the evil you know in management, it’s too easy to chop and change so I have full faith in him but he needs to buy somebody.”
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