Arsenal’s Time To Overcome Fourth?


Alexis Sanchez by Fanny SchertzerArsenal have done some exceptional business so far in the summer transfer window. Arsene Wenger managed to convince the high rated Alexis Sanchez to trade the Catalan giants Barcelona for the Emirates. Many teams were after the Chilean international, whose reputation increased after a fabulous world cup.

Wenger has also signed Newcastle Mathieu Debuchy, to replace the Bacary Sagna at right back. The French full back still has a lot of doubters in the English game regarding the quality of his defending. That said, his attacking style should see him fitting into the Gunners without much problem.

The north London side have also strengthened between the sticks by signing David Ospina from Nice, The Colombian is another south American signing who impressed at the world cup and will provide excellent competition for the current number 1.

Arsenal, who have a history of signing players from Southampton have also been linked with U19’s England international Calum Chambers. The highly rated right back is just one of many to leave St Marys.

The gunners still need to cultivate, a natural goal scorer and a more defensive minded midfielder to complement their wealth of attacking players to give some much needed balance to the squad. A center back will also be needed if the rumours of Thomas Vermaelen departure come to fruition.

By Marcus HanssonArsenal made an exceptional start last season, leading the race for the title in the first half of the season, but as the saying goes “ no trophies are handed out in December”.The form of mega signing Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud goal scoring contribution both seem to fizzle out at the halfway point of the season. Many Arsenal fans were crying out for Wenger to sign a striker in the January window as it was clear in December Giroud’s goals were drying up. And Ozil’s contribution told of a player who was spending his first season in the premier league and struggling with it’s physical intensity. Alas, Wenger did not strengthen and the Gunners ended up finishing an habitual fourth, a deja vu for all concerned.

Arsene Wenger by Paul Blank

With the signings made so far it is hard to see Arsenal doing any better than last season, the squad is full of players who are attacking but lacks any players who will do the ugly part of the game, a player whose role would be to tackle, winning back possession and giving the ball to one of the many play makers. Should they someone who fits this bill, like Sami Khedira of Real Madrid or William Carvalho of Sporting Lisbon , who they have been heavily linked with a move to Arsenal, they would have to be considered one of the favourites for the title. The only issue is Arsenal have been crying out for this type of player for years, its is no coincidence that since the departure Gilberto Silva, the Gunners’ last enforcer, they have failed to mount a serious and sustained title challenge.

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