Arsenal made the big headline on transfer deadline day with their astonishing capture of Real Madrid playmaker Mesut Ozil.
£42.4 million was lavished on the Germany star, but was he really somebody Arsenal needed?
Of course Ozil is a top talent. Without doubt he is one of the world's best footballers and, at 24-years-old, is in the prime of his career.
He would strengthen any team. However, Arsenal were not crying out for a playmaker and had far more pressing areas that they probably should have strengthened.
With Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere, Tomas Rosicky, Aaron Ramsey, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski on their books, Arsenal fans must be thinking 'why have we signed an attacking midfield player?'.
Ozil is probably in another league to those players, but Arsenal were pretty solid in that part of the pitch already.
Elsewhere however, Arsenal look vulnerable. Olivier Giroud is the only front line striker at the club, with Nicklas Bendtner seemingly his back up. That won’t thrill too many fans of the Gunners.
Still, the tough tackling central defensive midfielder hasn’t arrived at Arsenal, someone the fans have been begging for across so many transfer windows.
The defence hasn’t been reinforced. The shaky centre back area still looks an area of weakness, while full back cover in the shape of Carl Jenkinson must surely be an area of concern.
Deadline day saw Arsenal capture goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano as back up to Wojciech Szczesny. I would suggest Arsenal could probably do with replacing Szczesny as the number one keeper, until he is ready to put in more consistent, error-free performances.
Rumours were that Arsenal made late swoops for Demba Ba, Christian Benteke and even Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney, suggesting that Wenger was aware there were other areas of his squad that could have done with strengthening.
It would appear that Arsene Wenger yielded to pressure to spend and went and captured a big name. He got a great player. He has however, once again failed to address the areas that have let Arsenal down for the last eight years.
Still Arsenal look like a team that could be bullied by a more physical game plan. Still they look light up top and vulnerable at the back. The spine of a team is what wins trophies and titles. Goalkeeper, centre backs, central midfield and striker are the main positions in a team and all those positions are where Arsenal are still lacking.
Signing Ozil looked a little like spending money for the sake of it. Of course he is a great player, but it’s a bit like putting icing sugar on a Victoria sponge when you’ve forgotten the jam.
Does Ozil transform Arsenal into title contenders? Definitely not. Are they still facing a battle to finish fourth? Definitely. This signing is exciting and will provide a feel good factor, but will not change Arsenal, who will encounter the same problems they face every season.
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