Arsenal: Three crucial positions they need to fill


With only days left in which to purchase players, GMS contributor Dan Farr contributes his opinion on the three positions Arsenal must strengthen if they are to challenger this year.


Despite the early season form of Olivier Giroud, Arsenal still need to buy a proven goalscorer.

Theo Walcott impressed when placed up front last season but many still feel his best position is on the wing, and with Lukas Podolski ruled out for between eight and ten weeks, the need for a striker is ever more clear.

One player that has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates is Karim Benzema, however with Gonzalo Higuain sold to Napoli it is unlikely Real Madrid will be willing to sell their only world class striker.

A more realistic target has been Michu of Swansea.

The Spaniard was arguably the bargain of the season last season, but with a £30million price being rumoured it will be a big gamble for Wenger to spend that sort of money on a player who has only produced for one term.

The final player that has recently been linked with a move is Fernando Torres. Since Torres' £50million move to Chelsea he has come under some criticism. However he has still scored some important goals and a move to the Gunners could revive his career. Roman Abramovich will want to recoup most of the money he spent on Torres though, meaning it will take a lot of money for Wenger to bring him to Arsenal. 

One player that I think Arsenal should look to sign is Ivory Coast frontman Lacina Traore. Traore has been linked with a move away from current club Anzhi as the Russian side look to reduce their wage bill. The 6ft 8in forward is most heavily linked with Monaco but if a team like Arsenal place a bid for him then it will be very hard to resist. With Pace, strength and great heading ability, Traore could be just the player that Arsenal need.

Left Midfielder

For the past few seasons Arsenal have tried to find a world class left midfielder, but moves for Andrei Arshavin and Gervinho have both proved unsuccessful.

The emergence of young Englishman Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could solve this problem, but with him being ruled out for up to four months I feel Arsene Wenger needs to strengthen his left hand side.

Angel Di Maria has been the most heavily discussed, with a bid thought to be in place as it looks like the Argentinian will be replaced at Real Madrid by Gareth Bale, but would a player of his quality leave Madrid for a team like Arsenal that aren't challenging for titles? 

A player that I think Arsenal should try to sign is young German Julian Draxler.

The Schalke player is only 19-years-old and has already made nearly 100 senior appearances. Draxler has represented Germany six times, scoring one goal, and although he isn't the fastest player in the world, he has great dribbling and is a fantastic playmaker.

A move to Arsenal would certainly be a step up from Schalke but it is just a question of whether he would want to leave Germany. With Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker already at Arsenal, hopefully Draxler will join the German influx at the Emirates Stadium.

Centre Back

Laurent Koscielny looks to be the only guaranteed started at centre back for Arsenal at the moment, with Mertesacker lacking pace and Thomas Vermaelen quickly falling down the pecking order. A perfect fit for Arsenal in my opinion is Micah Richards of Manchester City.

Even though he is known as a right back, he has played centre back in the past, and the combination of his immense strength and his pace would make him a perfect fit at Arsenal. He looks to be out of favour at the Ethiad Stadium with Pablo Zabaleta being voted Player of the Year last season, and a move to Arsenal could reignite his England career just in time for the World Cup.

As mentioned earlier, Anzhi are reportedly trying to reduce their massive wage bill and one player that could be on his way out is Chris Samba.

Despite only rejoining the Russian side in July, if Arsenal match Samba's price tag then I'm sure he could be on the move again. He failed to shine when at QPR last season but he has proved before that he is a great defender and his strength would be a great asset to the Arsenal defence.

If Arsenal can improve these three positions before September 2 then I'm sure they can stay challenging for the top four and start to lay some foundations to build for success in the future.

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