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Arsenal: Who should Wenger sign?

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Cesar is close to agreeing a move to Arsenal (©GettyImages)
Cesar is close to agreeing a move to Arsenal (©GettyImages).

Having snatched the final Champions League spot yet again, Arsenal would have felt they finished the season on a high note. 

Having lost their star striker and captain, Robin van Persie to rivals Manchester United, Arsenal fans desperately wanted to see someone big fill his shoes. 

With a lot expected from Olivier Giroud after his sensational season with Montpellier HSC where he won the Ligue 1, Arsenal fans however seem to be disappointed that he was not able to match his previous stats and form at Arsenal. 

Arsene Wenger however made a shrewd signing in Santi Cazorla from Malaga with Cazorla scoring 12 goals and assisting 16 in all competitions. 

Wenger would feel that he would have to make some big name signings after a lot of criticism from the media and fans. I personally feel that he needs just five signings to build his team into title contenders. 

Blaise Matuidi (Paris St Germain) 

Having lost Alex Song to Barcelona this year and Abou Diaby to yet another bunch of injuries, Wenger doesn’t really have a physical tackler in midfield. 

Agreed they have Mikel Arteta and Jack Wilshere, but often they see themselves exposed when one of these two - sometimes both - go forward to attack. 

This is where teams like Manchester City and Chelsea have done well, with players like Yaya Toure, Javi Garcia and John Obi Mikel often steam rolling teams with their sheer physical strength and presence. 

In Matuidi, Arsenal would have just that person. And to top off his physical strength and tackling, he is also a brilliant passer with a really keen vision for the perfect through ball. 

Matuidi could play in a midfield three with Arteta and Wilshere, or with Wilshere and Cazorla. He can provide the necessary cover which gives the other two enough freedom to roam forward. Marouane Fellaini is another option for this slot.

A centre-back 

My pick here would either be Laurent Koscielny's France partner, Adil Rami or the cheaper option in Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa from Montpellier HSC. 

Having played together for their international set-up, Koscielny and Rami complement each other perfectly. 

Koscielny often moves ahead to add another attacking dimension and Rami covers that perfectly. 

If it has worked for France, it is just common sense that it would work under Wenger.  

Although with a lot of clubs interested in Rami including Manchester City,  Wenger might even make a cut-price move for Montpellier defender Yanga-Mbiwa who could be available for as little as £3.5million. 

But, buying a new central defender would be high on Wenger's list with club captain Thomas Vermaelen's future uncertain. 

Right-back cover 

With only Bacary Sagna and Carl Jenkinson available as right-backs, Arsenal really do not have much cover in that defensive slot. 

With Sagna unsure about his future as well, it is safe to say that Wenger could invest in a new right-back using his often talked about £70million transfer kitty. 

Buying Micah Richards would be a big boost to Arsenal’s defence and he would add another solid dimension on the flanks while looking for an overlap. 

Richards is probably the best English defender and with Pablo Zabaleta displacing him in the Manchester City line-up, he could even look for a new start. 

Julio Cesar - (QPR)

With Wojciech Szczesny injured for the start of last season, Arsenal had to turn to Vito Mannone to guard their sticks. 

Wenger would be looking to bring in a world-class keeper to compete with  Szczesny. And who else to look to than Julio Cesar. 

He could be available for as little as £2million. His wages of £70,000 a week should not be a problem for a club as rich as Arsenal.  

Buy a replacement for RvP 

Frankly, although Giroud, Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski and Cazorla chalked in a whole bunch of goals, it still looks like Arsenal would have to invest in a world-class striker. 

They have been rumoured to be interested in Gonzalo Higuain, Wayne Rooney and possibly even Fernando Torres and all these deals look likely. 

Fernando Torres has not been in his greatest form, but he could be available for less than £15million. 

However, a deal for Higuain seems more likely. In Higuain, they would have a clinical finisher who has a brilliant sense of positioning. 

He can be expected to deliver straight away in the Premier League, just like all other Argentineans who have plied their trade in the EPL - Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez and Franco Di Santo.

Many of these deals seem very likely and Arsenal fans will be excited and hoping - yet again - for their team to compete with the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea for the Premier League title.

 

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