Arsenal finally signed someone on the deadline day to reinforce their defense and not attack. The Gunners signed Nacho Monreal from Spanish side Malaga but failed to lure Barcelona’s David Villa.
Considering their poor outings, Arsenal needed more than one signing to increase squad depth and quality still the arrival of Nacho was more important than Villa or any other attacker. Nacho is an experienced left back with brilliant crossing ability that to support in the attack as well.
The Spanish defender is only second to compatriot Jordi Alba in the national side but he is not far away from him in terms of quality.
Arsenal fans are disappointed with the little business done in the transfer window when the funds were available. However not signing Villa is by no means a calamity. In fact Arsenal needed another defender more than a striker.
The Gunners have conceded first in their last 5 premier league games, that shows how vulnerable they are when it comes to defense. Even the experience Per Mertesacker has disappointed and captain Vermaelen has not been impressive as well.
Against Liverpool, their defensive setup made comedy of errors to allow the visitors to score twice and could have even conceded more had Liverpool finished well.
On the other hand, recently Arsenal’s attack has shown signs of massive improvement. Podolski and Giroud, who were criticized a lot are now coming to form brilliantly. Adding to that, Walcott’s level of performance has increased big time since signing a new contract last month.
The perfect example of their brilliant attack was shown in the match against Liverpool, where they bounced back from 2 goals down to complete fantastic comeback. Therefore, Wenger does not need to make many changes in the attacking trio who are in superb form right now.
As the season progresses, they will inevitably improve more. Then again, Nacho will add more firepower into attack as well and bring stability in defense that Gibbs and mainly Santos failed to provide. Hence not signing Villa should not be considered a massive disappointment, having said that Arsenal’s transfer campaign was far from convincing.
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