With the summer transfer window well and truly over, and with most of the Premier League teams landing a big name player, could some of the biggest teams have gotten their transfer priorities mixed round?
Namely the two big signings that were made by Manchester United and Arsenal. Although it is true that Arsenal fans will be excited by their new player, whereas United fans may be less so, could they have gotten the players that would have been best for each other.
Arsenal signed Mesut Özil for £42.5 million, and all of their fans got excited, he is a quality player, a world class number ten, but ultimately a signing out of desperation from Arsene Wenger.
Fellaini on the other hand for Manchester United cost them a staggering £27.5 million, which you can’t help feel is far too much. United fans are unlikely to be getting excited by this transfer, as most of them recognised what they needed, unlike David Moyes who safely went with what he already knew.
The strangest thing about these transfers is not the quality or excitement factor, it’s the fact that Man United are more in need of Özil, and Arsenal are more in need of a player like Fellaini.
Yes Özil is a brilliant signing and is sure to work wonders for Arsenal, however he is not the type of player that they desperately needed, in fact he is the only type of player that Arsenal were in no need of. Arsenal have plenty of attacking midfielders, and Özil has just become the best of a group that already existed, a group consisting of the likes of Santi Cazorla
and Jack Wilshere.
Arsenal were and still are in desperate need of left midfielder and a holding midfielder, the latter of which Fellaini would be more than capable of being. He is powerful in both boxes and good defensively, which is something Arsenal are lacking in their midfield. (I’m not saying Özil was a
bad signing, just Fellaini would have been more needed.)
On the flip side, what will Fellaini bring to Man United? Very little that they don’t already have, they are likely to play him further up the field, lobbing long balls at him, to add more power to their game. However power isn’t what United are lacking, they need a playmaker, and fans and
pundits have recognised this. So has Moyes, but he has tried and failed to bring one in, after trying with Ander Herrera on deadline day.
Özil would have been the perfect player for Man United, capable of picking the passes and has the necessary flair and finesse to work wonders for United. However the fact they have failed to sign any player like this, shows that Moyes may be slightly out of his depth, as you can see Sir Alex Ferguson recognising and buying such a player as Özil.
Although it is true that the signings made by both clubs, may or may not change the outcomes of their respective seasons, however it is likely that each other’s signings would have worked more effectively.
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