Arsenal: Lack of transfers a good thing?

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So, Arsenal fans seem to find themselves in a similar position as we do most transfer windows.

Star players seem to not come to our club even when the media assure us of their imminent arrival. 

Gonzalo Higuain has gone from a near certainty to a catastrophe in the eyes of Arsenal fans as the transfer seems to have broken down. 

But what this shows is not only the club's ambition, but plans. It might also say that Wenger has significant faith in this current squad of players.

Firstly, I would like to tackle the club's ambition. As it seems, Wenger has been frugal in regard to spending the supposed £70 million war-chest

This can only mean one of two things. Either the board are not giving him the money or the more likely option; he is leaving the club in the best possible financial health as his departure seems imminent. 

I, more than most fans trust in Wenger, but it seems that he is set on leaving the club for pastures new, those pastures being PSG. 

This means that he is reluctant on spending the funds to build a team around his own philosophy, as it seems someone else is already on the way: Joachim Lowe. This means that if Lowe does take charge he has more than enough funds to form the team in the way he wants it.

He could want to bring players like Marco Reus to give the Arsenal attack a new dimension, or look to future stars of Germany like Julian Draxler - who he has had experience with. 

This means that the club will enjoy more stability after the loss of a long-term coach as he will have the funds to make the club more competitive. As a result, I wouldn't expect anything too big to happen this summer or winter.

We can then move to the nearer future of next season, what is going to happen? Well, five goals conceded in the last 10 games of last season is a promising figure and 26 points from a possible 30 is also very good, so there may not be too much to worry about. 

Fans have been desperate for the superstar signings of Higuain, Marouane Fellaini and even Cesc Fabregas. But many forget that we already have a very good squad of players who can only improve next season.

Starting from the back, Wojciech Szczesny has had a season to learn from, and Lukasz Fabianski and Damian Martinez are beginning to grow as well, so a goalkeeper may not be missing too badly.

Arsenal also have three world-class centre-backs in Laurent Koscielny, Per Mertesacker and Thomas Vermaelen. Vermaelen had a bad season, but in his debut season he netted an astonishing eight goals and made it into the team of the year in the Premier League. 

He is already able and should be able to make a serious push despite his injury. Ignasi Miquel is also a youngster who could have a break-out campaign next season as he clearly is capable of making the climb. 

As for full-backs, we have two on either side: Nacho Monreal and Kieran Gibbs on the left and Bacary Sagna and Carl Jenkinson on the right. With Gibbs and Jenkinson's already great improvement last season, who is to say they can't come back even better next season and make a push for maybe even places in the England squad for Brazil next year. 

Arsenal's midfield is also of epic proportion. In deeper roles, Mikel Arteta has seemed to finally get to grips with his defensive duties: his 3.2 tackles per game and 2.9 interceptions show that he is maturing in a more defensive role and a year from that means he can only improve. 

His leadership will also be pivotal as he will possibly be taking the captain's armband for extended periods next season as well. His ability and experience will be vital. 

As for Jack Wilshere, the boy is a proven class act when fit and that will be the main job for the medical staff. With a full pre-season under his belt, though, one would expect that his physical and mental capacity will only grow further and he could finally take a large step in realising his potential.

Whether he will be deployed in a deeper role or further forward remains to be seen, but a fit Wilshere is as good as any signing Arsenal could make. 

As for Santi Cazorla, he doesn't really need explaining. He was Arsenal's player of the season last season in his first taste of English football - meaning that he can and most likely will grow from it. A dynamic and creative force whether deployed on the left or more centrally will mean Arsenal can truly challenge next season for silverware. 

On the flank, Theo Walcott led Arsenal's goal scoring charts in the Premier League by netting 14 goals. He has improved and gives Arsenal a more direct and pacey approach - if he nets over 20 next season, which is probable, Arsenal already have a player with bags of ability.

Lukas Podolski and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have enjoyed indifferent seasons at Arsenal. Podolski was getting to know the league and in limited appearances he scored 11 goals, whilst Oxlade-Chamberlain netted just one.

Both players will have to improve with the increased competition for places and without a doubt will. 

Expect Podolski to be firing in the crucial goals when needed and just feel excited when Oxlade-Chamberlain steps onto the field. 

Finally the striker: Olivier Giroud. Personally, I am a huge fan, and after a season of English football I can say that Giroud will be that 20-goal-a-season-striker Arsenal need.

Giroud also offers a physical presence and a creative spark where he can really link the attack together.

His training will probably be focused on mobility and sharpness, after enjoying one fairly successful campaign I can see Giroud becoming the striker Arsenal need. He did it with Montpellier in his second season netting over 20 goals. 

The current squad also has an experienced head in Tomas Rosicky who is good depth for creativity and Aaron Ramsey could only have a view to improve his 90% tackling success percentage from last season. 

The squad is already looking good and with the additions of a few promising youngsters in Yaya Sanogo, Serge Gnabry, Chuba Akpom, Gedion Zelalem and Thomas Eisfeld to the mix who crave a first team place and suddenly you have a skilled, fairly deep and very talented squad. 

So maybe the summer hasn't gone well in terms of signings, but, we, as Arsenal fans, must still be patient. 

This squad can only improve and each player is raring to go at it. Winning the Premier League may be a little far-fetched at the time of writing, but a cup and a good spot is more than achievable for this talented squad.

The most important thing to remember is that these players have played together already, no-one for once, seems to be leaving and for the first time Arsenal may enjoy a good start. 

Only time will tell what will happen next season, but this Arsenal team is already very capable and maybe it really isn't all that bad that Arsenal are having a quiet transfer window.


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