With the season coming to a close, the transfer rumours have already begun. The Gunners have a solid foundation after what has been a promising end so far to this campaign, but we need to strengthen this coming transfer window in order to turn us into title contenders…
These three positions are the ones I feel are most in need of fresh recruits…
This is a position which Wenger must strengthen this summer. I don’t think David Ospina is world-class, and title winning sides need that in goal. Wojciech Szczesny has potential but his off-field antics have pushed him behind Ospina in the pecking order. We have been linked with Cech (although talkSPORT report a deal is unlikely) at various times during the past year or so. Iker Casillas has similarly been linked (via the Daily Star), and both the possess title winning experience between the sticks we crave.
Defensive midfielders have been the theme of transfer windows ever since Alex Song left for Barcelona. People forget Song hardly played the role of a Defensive midfielder during his time in north London, though. Mikel Arteta was converted into a deep-lying playmaker and in the season before last Mathieu Flamini was bought as stop gap solution. Since January, Coquelin had emerged as a leading candidate for the role and has been rewarded with a long-term contract, but he needs backup. He can’t play every game in every competition next term. Arsenal are still being linked with the likes of Morgan Schneiderlein (via Daily Star) as a result, and nobody would complain if we secured the Southampton man.
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While there is no question that the Gunners have plenty of pace in the flanks, they lack a genuine winger in the squad. Alexis is more of an inverted winger, Danny Welbeck hardly runs to the byline and crosses the ball while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain can get past his man but he still lacks consistent end product. Theo Walcott runs, but runs only – and has an unsorted contract situation to boot (via Sky Sports). We don’t have a tricky Arjen Robben type player for example, who gives us raw width and running, while contributing goals and assists, too. I think that may be one area where Wenger could strengthen, although it would be less of a priority than the anchoring midfielder.