Arsenal legend Martin Keown has backed Arsene Wenger to land a marquee signing in the remaining weeks of the window in a similar scenario which saw Mesut Ozil arrive in 2013, The Evening Standard reports.
Just like we experienced against West Ham United, Aston Villa came to the Emirates Stadium and defeated us that day, which prompted a swift reaction from Wenger to pull off our biggest ever signing.
With the finances there – £200million worth if our director Lord Harris is to be believed (via the Daily Mail) – Keown maintains that the boss now has the desire to splash the cash on the right player.
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“The last time they [Arsenal] lost on the opening day was against Aston Villa in 2013. Two weeks later Arsene Wenger spent £40million on Mesut Ozil, a signing that really galvanised the club and the fans,” Keown was quoted as saying in the Evening Standard.
“After West Ham, there is renewed desire for Wenger to spend big but he will know if there is a player who can improve his team.
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“The difference is he doesn’t like to shout about it from the rooftops.”
According to The Evening Standard, we are interested in Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, which suggests that Wenger may focus his energy on trying to tie-up a deal for his compatriot.
Our need for a clinical striker is obvious, and the performance we saw against West Ham proves that the notion of ‘spreading goals around the team’ is a slightly flawed one.
A centre-forward is responsible for the goals, just like a defender is responsible for keeping them out.