Andrey Arshavin is predicting big changes at Arsenal after the sale of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, with the Russia international arguing that neither will be replaced, but rather the game plan will change.
Arsenal will certainly be looking at new tactics after taking the 8-2defeat to Manchester United last weekend, and the North London club have five new signings to add to the mix when they take on Swansea this weekend.
And Arshavin believes that while it has been tough for Arsenal losing Fabregas and Nasri, the club have been boosted by Wenger’s last minute work in the transfer window, and will change their play significantly over the next few weeks.
“Of course the club had been working on transfers but I think the 8-2 speeded up and invigorated their work,” Arshavin said.
“I know a bit about Mertesacker, he is a good defender who should definitely help us. I know nothing about Andre Santos other than that he plays for Brazil - but this in itself shows credentials.
“Arteta and Benayoun have long proved themselves in the Premier League, they're not bad signings. And we needed strengthening in those positions.
“Perhaps another holding midfielder wouldn't hurt and, as far as I know, we were trying till the last minute to get M'Vila, but unfortunately we weren't able to buy him.
“Judging by the quantity and quality of our signings, Arsenal's football will soon undergo some changes.”
Arshavin said that losing Fabregas would take some time to recover from, but the club will adapt with the new signings on board.
“I'm very glad that I was able to play in the same team as Fabregas - he is a truly class footballer,” Arshavin said.
“When people say no-one is irreplaceable I don't agree. With Arteta or whoever replaces those who have left, we will play different football, not as we played with Cesc and Samir.”