Arsene Wenger’s signing of Mesut Ozil is looking to be one of the best decisions the Frenchman has made in his 17 years at the club.
The £42.4 million man has made a huge impact since signing for the north London outfit and is regarded by many as the club’s top star.
With Ozil’s ability and Giroud finally re-finding the form that saw him net 21 times in 36 games for Montpellier two seasons ago, Wenger could well have his best chance yet at ending the Gunners’ trophy drought by leading them to their first Premier League title in 10 years.
However, despite Arsenal’s great start to the campaign they must still improve if they are to be at the top of the pile in May 2014.
Despite Ozil being the big Premier League signing of the summer, the Gunners did very little other business.
There is no doubt that the German playmaker has improved the team, but could the £42.4m be spent more efficiently?
The answer to this is simply, yes.
When looking at the Arsenal squad before the summer transfer window, you could argue that central attacking midfield would have been the last on the list of where to improve.
Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla all operate best in the number 10 role, and therefore was it really necessary to go all out for a new player to play this position?
There are many other areas of the pitch that Arsene Wenger is sure to have to improve on in January if he is to lead his team to the title this year.
We start from the very back with goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny. The Polish International is probably the best goalkeeper Arsenal have had between the sticks for a long time now, but is he really a top goalkeeper? Someone like Tim Krul of Newcastle, Pepe Reina of Napoli, or even a veteran like Brad Friedel or Mark Schwarzer could have been a better option for Wenger.
Then we have the back-line, starting with Bacary Sagna and the other full-backs.
The Frenchman has become an important player for the club, but like many full-backs, he looks a great deal more vulnerable than someone such as City’s Pablo Zabaleta or Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic.
Full-backs who aren’t as reliable as they should be when having to do a defensive job can be a massive problem, especially when chasing a league title.
Unfortunately for Arsenal, the same can be said about Keiran Gibbs and Nacho Monreal.
Then we have the centre-backs; Laurent Koscielny, Per Mertesacker and Thomas Vermaelen.
Mertesacker is a big, powerful defender who is useful in both boxes, but a simple ball over the top beats him every time as he seems to take an age to turn around.
Koscielny is another player who, despite proving he can play against the very best, can be a huge liability over a 38-game season.
Finally, Vermaelen is a real top talent and probably one of the best defenders in the league, but now he seems a shadow of the player he was during his first season in the England.
We then move onto the midfield men who are there to protect the back-line, which sparks the question; do Arsenal even have any top players in this area of the pitch?
Apart from Mathieu Flamini, who re-joined the Gunners during the summer, Arsenal have been really lacking in defensive midfielders since letting Alex Song leave for Barcelona in 2012.
Abou Diaby, who is currently out with a knee injury, does spring to mind, but like all of the club’s other midfielders is a great deal more effective in an advanced midfielder role.
Lastly we have the attacking options, consisting of Oliver Giroud, Niklas Bendtner, Chu-Young Park and new-boy Yaya Sanogo.
Giroud is currently in top form having scored four goals in the opening six league games, but even if he had failed to score at all he would still be Wenger’s first-choice striker simply because the others are just not good enough.
In no way am I disputing that Mesut Ozil was a poor piece of business in any way, shape or form, but there is an argument as to how Arsene Wenger could have gone about his summer transfer business in a more efficient way.
Until they are to sign a top goalkeeper, at least two or three big-name defenders, a couple of defensive-minded midfielders and another top striker, Arsene Wenger will struggle to top the likes of the two Manchester side’s, Chelsea and even Spurs in the race to the Premier League title.
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