Alan Smith doesn't think Arsenal need to sign any more players

Published 1 Comments

Football News

Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Elneny arrived at the Emirates for £5 million from Basel last week and former Arsenal forward Alan Smith reckons that this signing alone is enough to propel the Gunners to glory.

The former England international believes the imminent return of Alexis Sanchez, Jack Wilshere, and Danny Welbeck from injury will mean Arsenal have a squad good enough to end a 12-year wait for the Premier League title.Speaking on Sky Sports News HQ, Smith said: "Danny Welbeck is apparently only three weeks away and that will help them if he comes back in the kind of form he is capable of.


Do you have what it takes? Sign up today and send over your 250 word test article:

"Any manager would love to get in a world-class player to give the dressing room a lift, but it's so difficult and I don't think it's going to happen.

"I think they've got enough. They didn't have Ozil or Sanchez at Stoke and they were able to cope with that, and they're due back soon so they're not far off full strength."

Smith suggested that the addition of a game-changing player is not what they have been missing in years gone by and believes the lack of composure and mental strength had stopped them clinching the title in recent seasons.

But with Arsenal showing the backbone to weather Stoke and Liverpool away in successive fixtures, and come out on top of the league, Smith feels like Arsenal are demonstrating the key development that was needed in the squad.

"They didn't used to be able to grind out those draws and wins in the difficult games. When they're not at the top of the game and not playing that lovely football that we're used to, they can get results.

"That's the stuff of champions and you've got to have that if you're going to win the league. That resilience will please Arsene Wenger."

There has been immense pressure on Wenger in past years to become more active in the transfer windows, with big name players like Edison Cavani, Karim Benzema and even Lionel Messi being linked to the Emirates.

On top of the list of priorities, however, was always a central defensive midfielder, and some might say that the signing of Mohamed Elneny should have happened last summer, with Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini not considered good enough replacements for Francis Coquelin.

But Arsene Wenger seems to agree with Smith, having stated in a recent press conference that he would prefer for injured players to come back as oppose to make new signings.

"If you give me a choice I prefer to have all my injured players back and continue the rest of the season with everybody available.

"I'm confident that I will not find a better player than Welbeck on the market."

Do Arsenal have enough players to go onto to win the title this season, or do they need to strengthen before another chance goes missing?

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Thierry Henry
Arsene Wenger
Danny Welbeck
Premier League

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again