The summer transfer market has been busy in the past couple of weeks with the completion of deals for some EPL sides. Arsenal has not been left out as Arsene Wenger continued to deliver on his promise of capturing big-name players following the Gunner’s current strong financial balance with the signing of Goalkeeper Petr Cech from Chelsea.
Arsenal over the years had been referred to as a “Selling Club” owing to their inability to retain top class players following their decision to increase revenue by building a new stadium. The decision meant that less fund was available to invest in the squad and the likes of Thierry Henry, Aleksander Hleb, Cesc Fabregas and Alex Song soon joined La Liga giants Barcelona while Striker Robin Van Persie moved to rivals Manchester United in what could arguably pass for the most antagonizing transfers for the Gunners’ supporters as the Dutch-Man helped Alex Ferguson’s side capture their 20th EPL title.
However, Manager Arsene Wenger managed to keep the team in the Champions League for those test periods marked by almost a decade of trophy drought, a consistency Wenger admitted he was proud of:
“I’m proud of the consistency because it’s not easy to produce quality every year, every day. For years we had to do it with less resource than people thought we had”.
Today the club seems to have fully recovered and can now favourably compete in the transfer market.
The £42m capture of Mesut Ozil in 2013 from Real Madrid, signaled the gunners new spending power and the addition of Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona the following season meant that the Gunners would go on to win back to back FA Cup titles in 2014 and 2015 becoming the most successful English side in the history of the world’s oldest cup competition with 12 titles.
Manger Arsene Wenger was quick to remind critics of the challenges the club had to face when he told Arsenal.com that: “People forget about that but we had to sell our best players for years to stay at the top. Today I think we have gone over that hurdle and we can have higher ambitions again but for years it was difficult”.
The signing of Petr Cech from Chelsea further underlines the Gunners ambitions as the goalkeepers department appears to have been settled especially if the club manages to retain Ospina and Sczesny. So the Big question is Who Next should Wenger sign to fortify the team.
Club legend Thierry Henry was of the opinion that Arsenal needed four quality signings if the Gunners were to reclaim the EPL title for the first time since 2004 next season but with Cech already in, I would say two marquee acquisitions would suffice.
The two departments that need attention are the Defensive Midfield and Central Attack. Arsenal’s cause was helped last season by the rapid development of Francis Coquelin who brought stability in the midfield in the absence of injured Mikel Arteta, Abou Diaby and Flamini.
However, the Gunners cannot rely on Coquelin for the entire haul in the new season. I propose therefore, that the club signs Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama or Manchester City’s Yaya Toure as a support for Coquelin.
Wanyama’s robust marking and defensive ability will provide the needed cover for the back four while Toure’s imposing figure and knack for getting goals could also solve the dual problem of defense and goal scoring.
Much had been said about the possible capture of Edison Cavani from PSG and while I totally think this move will be highly productive if it sails through, I would prefer last season’s top marksman Sergio Aguero.
Aguero’s all round play and good sense of goal scoring would guarantee the Gunners an additional 20 goals per season and instill that missing fear factor in opposition defence when they confronted the Invincibles of 2003/2004.
It is important not just to spend but to spend wisely and if Arsenal now truly has the spending power I think Aguero and Wanyama or Toure would guarantee the Gunners EPL Crown and at least a Champions League Semi Final appearance next season.
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