It has been widely reported today that Arsene Wenger is ready to break the club's transfer record with deals for the Real Madrid duo Karim Benzema and Angel Di Maria.
With a host of injuries and suspensions, Arsenal are looking for replacements as they travel to their next Premier League encounter with fewer than 15 fit first-team players.
If these players were to be brought in, they would certainly improve and add depth to Arsenal's squad. However, the Arsenal boss is heading down the wrong alley if he is wishing to rebuild Arsenal and enjoy success.
The Gunners need more than just two attackers if they are to get back on track. Laurent Koscielny is injured and suspended, leaving Arsenal with just one fit centre-back in Per Mertesacker.
Along with a defensive purchase, I feel that they must also seek a replacement for the error-prone Wojciech Szczesny. Julio Cesar would have fitted the bill perfectly, yet it appears that Arsenal have missed out on him as well. How they have lost out on him is beyond me – the Brazilian is still yet to move, meaning he may have to play out this season in the Championship with QPR.
Not only that, but a solid defensive midfielder is much needed. Again, Arsenal could have acquired the services of Luiz Gustavo, although he chose to stay in Germany with Wolfsburg instead. Wenger could have capitalised on Marouane Fellaini's £23.5m release clause that expired in July, but he was too slow to act.
Wenger is believed to be willing to pay around £40m for Benzema, although this seems ludicrous when you remember that he refused to meet Madrid's £30m valuation of Gonzalo Higuain.
The Argentine, who would have cost £10m less than Benzema, is slightly younger and has enjoyed a more prolific goalscoring record at the Bernabeu. Once again, it seems that Wenger has begun his panic-buying frenzy.
The flanks are probably Arsenal's only solid positions with Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla currently available for selection. Now that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could only be sidelined until November, the addition of Di Maria would not be necessary. Instead, I believe that Arsene Wenger should plough the cash into weaker areas of the squad.
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