Top Quality Players Added – Arsenal Transfer Signings

Top Quality Players Added - Arsenal Transfer SigningsAmidst what will be seen as yet another poor summer for Arsenal having lost last year’s two best players in Robin van Persie and Alex Song, it is sometimes forgotten that they have brought in three great players that can more than cover up for the departures and step up to prove fruitful for the Gunners.

Lukas Podolski – FC Koln

Arsenal’s first signing of the summer was to bring in Polish born, German striker, Lukas Podolski. Arsenal paid in the region of 10 million – 11 million for the youngest German player to play 100 games, and it is money well spent. Podolski can play up the middle, or on the left wing, where he plays for the German national team. His tally of 10 goals in 17 Bundesliga games after breaking through at Cologne had earned him international recognition and Podolski took the admirable decision to remain with the club despite their relegation that summer, scoring a league best 24 goals as they secured promotion at the first attempt. A second relegation had already spelt the end of his Cologne career prior to World Cup 2006, but a move to Bayern Munich never really worked out as he was forced to make do with a place on the substitutes’ bench on numerous occasions in the following three seasons.

Podolski then rejoined Cologne in 2009, but another relegation at the end of 2011-12 saw him leave for Arsenal. Podolski boasts real pace and he has shown time and again on the international stage that he has the composure and quality required of any top striker. A cultured finisher, Podolski also has a creative streak and links up well with his team-mates, which has shown in his first three games in an Arsenal shirt. Although not quite on Van Persie’s level, Podolski is a fantastic player, who will do well in the red and white of Arsenal, and his goal and assist in the game against Liverpool shows this.

Podolski Gunner Arsenal

Giroud Montpellier

Olivier Giroud signed for Arsenal from Montpellier, after spending years in the lower divisions in France. In his first campaign at Montpellier, he netted 12 times in his first season in Ligue 1. It was in the following term, though, that Giroud announced himself as an excellent forward when leading the line. He spearheaded Montpellier’s Ligue 1 title success – the club’s first ever title – scoring 21 goals in 36 appearances and also notching nine assists.

This superb season saw him earn the French golden boat, and this summer, Arsenal acquired him for a fee in the region of £12 million. Despite a goalless first three games for Giroud, he will prove to be a good player for Arsenal, he makes exceptional runs, and once he gets his first goal, it will be the start of many. Giroud, along with Podolski, will do well as Arsenal’s strikers in the coming years.

Olivier Giroud Gunner Arsenal

Cazorla Malaga

By far Arsenal’s best signing in a long time, Cazorla, one of the surprise names in the victorious 23-man Spain squad for Euro 2008, benefited from the fine form that helped Villarreal claim an impressive runners-up finish in the Spanish league that year and continued to impress over the next few years at the club. Therefore, Cazorla attracted the attention of newly-rich Malaga who paid €21 million for him in 2011, before their financial issues saw them sell with Arsenal the team to win his signature for around £15 million.

Cazorla is a versatile player, who can play either on the wing or in a false number nine role, in attacking midfield. He’s quick, agile, and has superb vision to pick out wonderful passes with both his feet, he’s also well known for his long shot and free kick ability. Cazorla is a truly exceptional player, and will do fantastically well for Arsenal so long as he isn’t wasted on the wing, as his qualities as an attacking midfielder shine through. Cazorla has also hit the ground running at Arsenal, a goal and an assist in his first three games for Arsenal, two of which he received the Man of the Match award.

Santi Cazorla Gunner Arsenal

Although Arsenal have lost Song and Van Persie this summer, fans will be comforted by the signings of these three, who boast great talents. Cazorla may prove to be the signing of the season, and Podolski and Giroud won’t do too shabbily either, who are both great players. However, along with these three, Wilshere will be like a new player for Arsenal in October when he’s scheduled to come back. Wilshere is one of, if not the best, young midfielder in the Premier League, and if he carries on from where he left off, Arsenal fans will forget all about Robin Van Persie and Alex Song, as they’ll be appreciating the talented midfield and forward line consisting of three new players, and Wilshere, who will be like a new signing. Promising signs for Arsenal.

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    Gira 6 years

    Poldi and Santi are no les than World Class, Giroud at best is average, He might come good but will never ever repicate Robin van Persie, Never a 30 goal striker

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      Loron 6 years

      Big words …… Giroud at best average :S Yes he is not RvP but certainly have the quality to succeed

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      samuel 6 years

      Podolski and Giroud are way classier ,in every aspect of the modern game of football than woeful Walcott,Ramsey
      and Wilshere could ever hope to be,but the fawning Wenger fans still cannot explain why silverware is missing
      from the Emirates trophy cabinet ,instead they cling to some fanatical hope that the coach will deliver at least
      one trophy this season,but ;hundreds of ;in Arsene we trust;banners in the stadium won,t bring trophies ,only
      top class players will and a new coach,so how much longer before Wenger gets sacked,it,s time ?

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        davi 6 years

        Who decided on bringing podolski and giroud to the club? And you don’t think Wilshere is at least on their level? Surprising.
        Were you also saying that Diaby was rubbish a week ago?

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      davi 6 years

      “Giroud at best is average” – Wait until Giroud scores his first goal at least before making sweeping statements. He’s obviously feeling the pressure at the moment; his statements to the press and general demeanor on the pitch tell us that. His movement has been very good and his physical presence has contributed a lot to our play so far.
      The way people are criticising him reminds me of Drogba’s first season – a lot of people thought he was average even though he was the main CF in a title-winning side.
      “Never a 30 goal striker” – Never say never, but even Henry only scored 30 goals in ONE season. He doesn’t need to be as good a goalscorer as Henry or RVP to be a quality player.

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    Natalik 6 years

    Cazorla right up there with the signing of the season Hazard. Better than Fabregas

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    Jethro Uganda 6 years

    All signings Giroud will prove critics wrong and offers us another dimension in the air and his presence (reminds me of Drogba) which is good for the team in terms of tactics.

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    Usama 6 years

    Arsenal can compete for the title but they have to sign a good striker in January for that, Create alot of chances but not scoring much. Squad depth fine enough

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    Abu 6 years

    We dont need more reinforcement, we have quality and quantity. Geroud will pick up,watch him the next game against southumpton he will shine and score goals. Anti Arsenal members are sending discouraging mails but am sure man wenger knows Geroud more than Us thats why he has confidence that he will pick. Just the other day people were against Abou, last match he has started proving them wrong our future Viera and not Toure. We still admire Viera than Yaya. Have injury free season, avoid 50-50- tackles man Abou.

    Mombasa, Kenya.

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    my friend Gira, Giroud will be better than RVP, RVP has recoreded 30 goals but Giroud non, let me tell you about life, some started big and end small while some started small and end big and Giroud has all it taks to do the job it can only take him some time , i know we fans need result every time, even RVP did not start big but end big in Arsenal but quote me today Giroud will do more than RVP did in arsenal ok. so the end justify the means. stoping saying bad against somebody that God have a plan with ok.

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    Lawyl Walex Zeez 6 years

    Giroud will be better signing for the Gooners, Cazorla will be the best signing this season, and hope wilshere comes back early…. Arsenal will have the best squad so far.

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    Buzzath 6 years

    Don’t have to score a lot of goal. As long as we win every match its enough for me.

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    Die Hard Gunner 6 years

    Give the young man a break! he will prove you all wrong.