After managing to scrape 4th last season, hopes were once again elevated at the Emirates ahead of the new season, well, after Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis during a Q and A session with the fans gloated about the club’s financial position to sign big players to challenge for titles ahead of the new season.
In a strange twist of fate, none of his stipulate have actually materialized. In fact, Arsenal only acquired the signature of some French teenager by name (Fangoya, Bangoya, or something?)
The new English Premier League season kicked off for Arsenal expectedly with an aberrant loss at home to Aston Villa. In that same game, everything was exposed- Arsenal lacked quality and precision, and the dearth of a quality striker and defensive midfielder was clearly exposed.
All that compounded problems for Arsenal, as they struggled to cope with the pace of Villa’s front men, and also couldn’t convert their own chances.
In that spirit, I have listed 3 available players who should be on Arsene Wenger’s emergency transfer list:
Ashley Williams- Swansea
Arsenal arguably can boast as one of the best league defense partnership presently. As the Merte-Kos bond were proficient in their defensive duties last season.
But judging from the event on match-day one this season, football is an unpredictable affair- Wenger’s men were reduced to 10men in that game after Koscienly was sent off. And due to lack of defense options, some players were compelled to play in their unusual positions.
The presence of Ashley Williams might just have solved that predicament. The defender who is the captain of both club and country never fails to impress during match-days. His acquisition won’t only bolster the Gunners defensive options, but also support the attack, as he is highly effective during set piece situations.
Yohan Cabaye – Newcastle
Citing the game against Villa, one could suspect that Arsenal looked a bit clueless without Santi Cazorla in the midfield pack.
Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye could be the optional Cazorla type of player.
He operates as a box-to-box midfielder and is described and admired by his manager and fans as a player who possess “excellent vision, great ball control”, and “provides technical quality”.
Unfortunately, he won’t come cheap. But with Wenger certainly under pressure to sign (though he won’t admit), an improved bid for the player is likely to happen. Who knows?
With Giroud stating firmly that Arsenal need to sign a striker to support him upfront- it shows how much the players understand the situation of the squad.
Adding another striker would not only create competition in the attacking department, but also support him (Giroud).
Spanish striker Michu who currently plays for Swansea City, banged in over 16 goals in his maiden season at the club.
His acquisition as I explained would add more depth, competition, creativity and strength to the Gunner’s attacking options.
Written by Femi Hilekaan
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