The mutterings of discontent grow louder with each passing day on the streets of Islington. As the closure of the transfer window creeps ever closer, Arsenal fans are having to face the unthinkable prospect of a summer with no real addition to their squad.
Arsene Wenger is renowned for his ability to spot potential in a player, with the likes of Robin Van Persie and Cesc Fabregas prime examples of the French manager's ability to polish up rough diamonds.
So, it came as no surprise to the Emirates faithful when Wenger proclaimed that Arsenal would look to strengthen their squad from within the club, whilst also scouring the transfer market.
Gedion Zelalem may offer Wenger a solution, albeit a risky one, as Zelalem is only 16 years of age and has only played a handful of pre-season friendlies for the first-team.
The German born playmaker has caused a stir in north London with his eye catching performances during Arsenals Asia tour, most notably with his excellent vision and precision passing.
Zelalem, of Ethiopian decent, has been tipped to follow in the footsteps of Fabregas and Jack Wilshere by appearing for the first-team in next season's Capital One Cup.
However, when Fabregas was promoted to Arsenal first-team at the age of 16, he was surrounded by a star studded team which included the likes of Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and Dennis Bergkamp.
In fact, Fabregas played the role of mentor when Wilshere was promoted, with the English midfielder playing alongside the Spaniard and Dutch ace Robin Van Persie.
The worry for the Arsenal faithful is that Wenger will promote Zelalem without recruiting world class players to play around the German prodigy for him to learn from. Santi Cazorla is undoubtedly a brilliant player, proving to be one of the best pieces of business in Wenger's recent transfer forays, however will he be able to provide the security for Zelalem, much the same way as Vieira or Gilberto Silva did for a young Fabregas?
Other than the obvious effort to capture the signing of a world class forward, the signing of a proven defensive midfielder is high on the desired list of many fans with the Arsenal midfield often lacking a real physical presence.
Marouane Fellaini has been linked with the Gunners this summer and the Everton players height and aggressive style would be a welcomed addition in front of the back four, helping shore up a defence led by the impressive Laurent Koscielny.
A solid defensive unit would allow Wenger to unleash Zelalem on Premier league defences, and offer the youngster the freedom to unleash his precocious talent knowing he is surrounded by players who will share the burden of responsibility.
With Arsenal not losing any of its major assets for the first summer in recent history, this could be the season the north London giants end their trophy barren run, if they take risks in the transfer market instead of their usual tentative approach.
After all, would Arsenal fans be complaining about overspending on a Luis Suarez or Fellaini if they witnessed their team lifting silverware next season?
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