As the summer transfer window came closer to its deadline, the names of players speculated to sign for Arsenal in particular grew larger and larger.
The prospect of a busy transfer season under Arsene Wenger this summer looked likely for the north London club, considering claims made by Ivan Gazidis that the club aspires to be of the same quality and stature as German giants and European Champions, Bayern Munich.
A rather audacious claim by the chief executive triggered high hopes for the summer across their fanbase with the expectation that a few stellar names would be entering the fray. In contrast, this summer has been a difficult one for Wenger and his staff, to say the least.
As the quantity in targets depleted due to factors such as the player opting to join clubs that had shown more ambition in terms of investment in new recruits rather than Arsenal.
To top off a seemingly disappointing summer for Arsenal, the Gunners were beaten 3-1 at home by a defiant Aston Villa. Alarm bells were certainly ringing and the aura was quickly turning sour around the club, however wins against north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham have steadied the ship and reduced some of the anguish previously sensed around the stadium.
On transfer deadline day, in usual frantic style, German wizard Mesut Ozil joined Arsenal from Real Madrid in a deal worth in the region of £42.4m with the new no.11 reportedly forced out of the Spanish club due to financial difficulties which were implemented when Madrid sanctioned the signing of Gareth Bale for a speculated world-record fee of £85m.
Just as a note of disclosure, the former Madrid no.10 is arguably the finest playmaker in world football at the moment, with former manager Jose Mourinho claiming he is the best in his position in world football; but is Ozil's recent switch to Arsenal just paving over the cracks in a broken squad?
When the 2012/13 season finished it seemed that Wenger will attempt to bring in a striker to either replace or add cover to the in-form Olivier Giroud, a central defensive midfielder was also on the agenda for the Frenchman, with names such as compatriot, Geoffrey Kondogbia mentioned in various reports, and lastly, more depth in the defensive unit, consequently causing rumours linking Arsenal with the likes of Ashley Williams and Micah Richards as possible imports.
Ozil's signature is a major coup for the club once again battling for Champions League football, but it seems the signing has merely added to the quality they already had in that position, rather than address the weaknesses of the squad.
Arsenal already posses the talented, intelligent players in that position; among them, Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla, who will now suffer a role-change due to the arrival of the former Werder Bremen man.
It seems that Wilshere will be tasked with the defensive midfield role until the fitness staff can give the all-clear on Abou Diaby, with Cazorla shifting to the left-side to accommodate for Ozil's role behind the striker.
The 24-year-old may be a starting block for Arsenal, signalling the intent of the Gunners' hierarchy to keep adding quality to their young squad. Arsenal fans will rightly be expecting more come the January transfer window.
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