After having a successful end to the season with winning the FA Cup, in addition to the most expensive transfer window in their history, Arsenal could still see themselves fall short due to a lack of strength in depth within the squad. For several seasons the Gunners’ campaign has been scuppered by injuries to key members of the squad, who have not been replaced by quality players.
By the signings already made, it looks as though Arsene Wenger is trying to address this problem by bringing in a strong goalkeeper to challenge Wojciech Szczesny for the number-one spot, and the signing of Alexis Sanchez to give Arsenal a midfield for other clubs to worry about. Even with this, the Gunners are still three signings in key positions short of a team to make the Emirates crowd have a squad to feel confident about.
With the sale of Thomas Vermaelen looking probable, an injury or suspension to first choices Per Mertesacker or Lourent Koscielny could see the Gunners having problems at the back. Aloud, this problem is obvious: there is a lack of central defenders on the market. One player who the Gunners’ boss could consider is Borussia Dortmund centre back, Mats Hummels. With it looking likely that he will leave the Bundesliga runners-up to join Manchester United, could thier Champions League status be enough to steal his signature from under Van Gaal’s nose?
Central Defensive Midfielder
Although Arsenal's squad is very strong in midfield, Gunners fans would love to see a natural CDM in the squad. Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira is a name that has cropped up since the start of the transfer window to be linked with Arsenal. It has been reported that the clubs had agreed a fee for the player, but negotiations broke down after not agreeing personal terms. It now appears that the player would like to push through a move to the Emirates and has reduced his wage demands. However, Arsenal would still have to exceed top earner Mesut Ozil’s wages to secure the World Cup winner’s signature. Another name that could become linked with the Gunners is Barcelona’s Alex Song.
Song moved from the Emirates to the Camp Nou in 2012, but things haven't worked the way in which he had hoped, and wasn't able to break into the talented squad. It has been rumoured that Barcelona are willing to let him go this transfer window, and a reunion with the North London club could be on the cards.
After signing attacking midfielder Alexis Sanchez, Wenger has undoubtedly strengthened Arsenal’s attacking prowess. The only problem that they now face is that the only out-and-out striker in their ranks is Olivier Giroud. Although Giroud has proven himself to be a good signing over the past two seasons at the Emirates, the Frenchman has failed to link up with the other players in the team.
With the likes of Karim Benzema on Arsene’s radar, he could be a perfect fit to the Gunners’ squad, with Mesut Ozil’s vision and passing abilities being able to flourish with someone on the same wavelength in front of him. Another name that has cropped up with a move to the Emirates is AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli. Although this could be a risky move - what with the Italian’s past in England - Wenger may feel that he would be able to control the striker in such a way that other managers have failed. Mario would have a point to prove in England after his first stint left many people wondering if we ever saw the best from the 23 year old.
If Wenger is able to make these signings the club may be able to push on from the success in the FA Cup to challenge bigger competitions, with a very strong Arsenal squad.
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