After Arsenal suffered their first defeat of the entire pre-season, many fans called upon Arsene Wenger to make new signings.
Although it was a narrow defeat to Champions League quarter-finalists Galatasaray, Arsenal have not been impressive in other matches against opposition like Urawa Reds or Napoli.
That ultimately leads to the question of whether Arsenal needs any improvement to their current squad and if so, who can effectively improve the team. With the past few performances the answer is quite obvious, especially when considered the fact that injuries are very likely to occur.
Although certain names may be mentioned in this article, it is not necessarily saying that the player should be bought or is likely to bought, it only suggests the type of player that would help to improve the squad.
The left back position is solid with Kieran Gibbs and Nacho Monreal, who have proved themselves as reliable defenders. While the right back position looks quite uncertain with Bacary Sagna looking very comfortable in the center back position and Carl Jenkinson still a work in progress.
Wenger should be decisive and make up his mind and state whether he wants Sagna to be a center back or right back for the upcoming season. Once that is settled he could move right back or vice versa depending on his decision.
However, with heavy competition between Laurent Koscienly, Thomas Vermaelen and Per Mertesacker, should a new centre back come in, that player should be patient and ready to play in a back-up role for most of the season.
This is Arsenal’s arguably most solid position, with many players available on either the wing and offensive midfield roles. Nonetheless, their weak point seems to be the defensive-midfield slot, with Arteta being the only player capable of playing a holding man.
Despite his lack of physique he performed wonderfully for Arsenal in that position for the majority of last season, but his injury at the ending of the last campaign highlighted the obvious lack of depth in that department.
Frimpong seems to be only other player capable of fulfilling that role but he’s injured at the moment and the situation looks worrying.
Arsenal does not need a simple midfield destroyer, but rather an athlete. One with great physicality, tackling, passing ability and aerial prowess. Taking all of these conditions into consideration, in addition to the astronomical prices being quoted in the current market, and Arsenal have a very short list of players that they can go for.
A personal recommended player that fits this category could be Maxime Gonalons or Lars Bender (who could also play right back).
Nevertheless, with Frimpong’s lack of experience and absence of any player that can compensate for Arteta, this seems to be a position that the manager needs to take care of before kick-off day.
With Arsenal’s only summer transfer being a 20-year-old striker from second division French side Auxerre, it is fair to say the Arsenal fans are slightly disappointed.
Arsenal has already missed out on Argentine hitman Gonzalo Higuain, who made the switch to Naples for £34.5 million. If all should remain the same, Arsenal will go into the new season with four players wanting to play the central striking role, a list that includes Olivier Giroud, Yaya Sanogo, Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott. Podolski and Walcott are usually used in the flanks, which leave Arsenal with two similar types of strikers.
Many reports have claimed that Arsenal have had a bid rejected for Luis Suarez, exactly the type of forward that Arsenal needs. A striker that is dribbles well, excellent first touch and has scintillating movement that makes it easy for him to drift wide and allow the wingers inside.
None of Arsenal’s current strikers do that and if they go into the next season without an additional striker, they will lack a genuine “option B” during desperate times next season.
Even though they could easily move any of the aforementioned wingers into the middle, the suspension of Giroud towards ending of last season showed that the manager was never too comfortable with either of the players playing through the middle.
Overall, with many players who could potentially play that position it may not be the most worrying position that Arsenal has to deal with this forthcoming season. This may reflect on the manager's lack of urgency in the transfer market for a striker and potential faith in striker's who want to prove themselves in that position.
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