We have recently heard a lot about a shift in Arsenal’s approach, specially with Arsene Wenger bringing in key players early in the transfer windows. We have seen the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil arrive at Emirates in recent seasons which finally saw Wenger splash huge sum on signing the best available players.
Last season it was Petr Cech’s arrival which hinted at being a decisive summer for The Gunners, however, Wenger chose not to sign any other player last season and we saw how Arsenal fell flat on their face YET AGAIN.
12 months on, Wenger has defied another conception of not spending big on players by signing Swiss International Granit Xhaka for a reported fee of £30million. Needless to say, Xhaka is a player Arsenal were in a desperate need as he is a true combative midfielder and has all the qualities of being an Arsenal captain in coming times.
However, signing Xhaka does not mean Arsenal’s need to strengthen their squad is complete. They are still lacking a quality centre-forward and a dependable central defender. With Per Mertesacker’s drastic slide in form, Wenger needs to sign a defender who can partner Laurent Koscielny after Gabriel’s less than impressive first season at Emirates.
In terms of centre-forward, Giroud’s 24 goals were marred with string of inconsistent performances. At one time, The Frenchman went 3 months without scoring which has seen the Gunners get linked with likes of Alvaro Morata and Gonzalo Higuain.
At the moment, these are only rumours which need to eventually come true if Arsenal are to fight on all fronts next season. Arsenal cannot sit on their early signing like last season and hope everything will fall in to the place.
Premier League will be a cut-throat competition with Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho arriving in Manchester next season. Given it could be Wenger’s last season in charge, he must build a team for the future even if it means spending heavily on signing players this summer.
Because the reality is that Arsenal do have the money to spend this summer and if Wenger does not, then the next manager coming in will surely spend to strengthen the squad. Wenger may have got the best out of Arsenal’s academy stars at the clubs, but his best teams were always built on some shrewd and mean signings.
Now is the time for Wenger to hit the transfer rumble yet again and sign couple of world beaters to boast his chances of going out on a high. To do that, he must realize that signing Xhaka should only be a start of squad overhauling this summer and not the end of it.