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With the 3 main title-contenders all changing their manager, many would see this summer as an opportunity that Arsenal must not miss to flex their financial muscle and spend big. With Arsene Wenger a very shrewd negotiator in the transfer market, many are unsure whether he will change this habit.
Although, all Arsenal fans feel now is the right time to properly strengthen the squad to challenge for silverware next season and beyond.
Fans have been clamouring for additions in all over the team but arguably the two positions that are most in need of reinforcements are striker and defensive/central midfielder. With Olivier Giroud the only true no.9 in the squad, another quality striker is needed to add a natural goalscorer and take some pressure off the Frenchman.
Also, with the uncertainty surrounding Jack Wilshere’s long-term position and Abou Diaby’s constant misfortune with injuries, only Mikel Arteta, Aaron Ramsey and possibly Oxlade-Chamberlain are options. If we are serious about challenging, another reliable midfielder is needed to add strength to compliment the technical ability of our other central midfielders.
Two players that have been heavily linked to Arsenal in these positions are Marouane Fellaini and Gonzalo Higuain. Here’s a quick look at them as players and how I think they would fare at Arsenal.
The Everton midfielder has had probably his best ever season in a blue shirt. Largely playing off a main striker he has scored 11 goals – his best return for Everton and their top scorer last season.
Despite this, he still believes his best position is as a combative central midfielder and when Everton visited the Emirates he was fantastic in there and helped Everton hugely in claiming a credible draw.
Although, while Fellaini is a very good player, I have my doubts about his passing ability and discipline, and with a fee of 20m upwards being mooted, I’m skeptical about whether or not it would be a wise buy.
The Real Madrid striker is simply one of the best goalscorers in the world. His brilliant scoring rate and his potency in front of goal cannot be ignored when we are in need of a 20+ goalscorer. Juventus are thought to be in pole position for his signature but with a new coach yet to be appointed at Real, there is uncertainty around Higuain’s future and it seems this transfer could rumble on for quite a while.
Whatever transfers are made during this hugely important summer, I do believe Arsene Wenger finally knows now is the time to spend the hoards of money in reserve to mount a challenge for trophies.
Written by Charlie Smith
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