Arsenal are having an impressive transfer season as manager Arsene Wenger have added top quality players for a price that can be considered equal to a “steal”. Needless to say, Arsenal have spent unlike themselves as they usually do not just splash a lot of cash without selling players. There is still considerable time left in the closure of transfer market and most importantly the Gunners must keep their best stars.
Since Arsenal won their last trophy in 2005, Wenger normally focused on buying young talent for the future and rarely bought proven stars that too in bulk. Unfortunately, the club made stars and lost some of those in their prime such as the likes of Adebayor, Nasri and Fabregas. That has changed this time around as Le Professeur has reinforced the squad with world class players at the peak of their careers much to the delight of Arsenal fans who are desperately waiting to win silverware.
Podolski is easily worth more than many premier league players bought for hefty sums, only cost 11 million and has been a key member of Germany squad for the past 7 years. Wenger always has one eye set on French talent and once again he signed last season’s best striker of the French league in Giroud again for just 13 million. Last but not the least; Arsenal may have captured the signing of the transfer season by acquiring the services of Santi Cazorla from Malaga. The Spanish wizard is technically better than his team mate Mata as he is versatile and can play both in wide and central positions. With such talent on board, Arsenal may finally end 7 years trophy drought.
As mentioned earlier, there is still time before transfer market closes and perhaps the dilemma for Arsenal is their Business Model. In the past 6 years, Gunners only spent more and sold less in seasons 2006/2007 and 2010/2011 else their transfer dealings attached a title of “selling club” to their name. This season Arsenal have not offloaded a single top player but like every year, their stars attract heavy interest from footballing giants.
The scary fact is that Last year’s top duo captain van Persie and Song have been heavily linked elsewhere and selling them can be a major blow. Giroud has the quality and potential but it will be a crime to say that he is better than captain and premier league top scorer van Persie. Although injury prone, but when fit, there aren’t many strikers better than him. Song has been a revelation, a natural defensive midfielder who provided no less than 14 assists last season. Perhaps Cazorla is more creative than him still Arsenal need Song to break plays and control midfield with his sublime passing. Whether or not Song and van Persie are offloaded, only time will tell but if Arsenal want to compete with Manchester clubs and win titles, they must not even think about it.