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Arsenal make mistake signing Ozil

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Arsene Wenger shattered Arsenal's transfer record in luring Real Madrid's Mesut Ozil to the Emirates.

Arsenal fans should not be dreaming of silverware yet, however. They still are without a world-class striker, a midfield general and no-nonsense centre back.

The £42.5m deal to land Ozil has got Arsenal fans off their feet but the Gunners shouldn't let the deal hide the cracks that remain over their thin squad.

Ozil, yes a world-class talent, a match winner; but he alone won't do enough to strengthen a small and injury hit squad.

The 24-year old very rarely managed a full 90mins for Real Madrid and, with the pace of the Premier League, he doesn't stand much chance of accomplishing that feet too many times either.

Wenger also enquired into loan deal for Chelsea striker Demba Ba, but pulled the plug on that deal after Chelsea demanded £3m for the forward, double what Arsenal where prepared to pay for a season-long loan deal.

It leaves Wenger with Oliver Giroud as Arsenal's only recognised forward, with Lukas Podolski ruled out for up to three-months with a hamstring injury, 20-year old Yaya Sanogo untested in the Premier League and Nicklas Bendtner not wanted at the club anymore.

Despite a strong start from Giroud this season, he is not a striker that inflicts that degree of fear into the oppositions defence, which a Robin Van Persie and Luis Suarez will do.

As well as failing to land another top quality striker, Wenger also failed to solidify his defensive woes, both without a strong defensive midfielder and central defender.

Since Patrick Vieira left in 2005, coincidentally enough the year Wenger last managed to lift any silverware, Arsenal have lost that presence in the centre of midfield.

Someone who would put themselves about, let the other side know he was there, and not just that, he was a world class player.

Wenger has since failed to replace the Frenchman and it is a distinctive feature why Arsenal have been unable to win any trophies for eight years.

Until Arsenal can find a solution to that area, they can buy all the creative midfield players they want, if they can't control football matches they simply cannot compete with the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City.

Arsenal also need at least one fantastic centre back; they have three or four current defenders who are good, but not good enough.

You just need to look through the other top clubs defensive make-up; Ferdinand and Vidic, Terry and Cahill, Kompany and Lescott and then you have Koscielny and Mertesacker.

It's hardly a partnership to send shivers down a striker's spine.

Opposing attacks must actually look forward to challenging a defensive line that has been proven not to be good enough, but their results against the other top sides.

So yes Ozil is undoubtedly a world class acquisition for Arsenal, and it is at long last Wenger has finally engaged in the transfer market, but Arsenal fans should still be concerned they haven't managed to buy players in areas that need urgent attention.

It took Wenger until the last hour of the transfer window to finally make a signing, one that shouldn't have even been their top priority.

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