Arsene Wenger has found himself under heavy criticism as of late due to the club’s transactions – or lack of it – in the current summer transfer window.
The north London giants have been linked with players of several positions; however, Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka remains the Gunners’ only marquee signing of the summer.
Takuma Asano and Rob Holding soon followed the £30m former Borussia Monchengladbach captain, but neither of the two signings are expected to slot right into the starting eleven like the Euro 2016 star.
Le Prof, however, has received support from one of his most experienced and decorated players – Petr Cech. The former Chelsea goalkeeper, Arsenal’s major signing of last summer, admitted that the French tactician needs to be cautious and wise when spending money in the transfer window.
The 34-year-old custodian insists that when Wenger does spend, it’s to bring in quality players that will improve the squad. Cech said, as per the Mirror:
“I think you need to be buying players you need. You need to buy players that will improve the team and not just for buying[’s sake].
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“That’s the philosophy of the club. I’ve been here since last season and you can see that every time we bring in a player, it’s a player we need and the manager believes he improves the team.
“There is a core of the players who have been at Arsenal for years, and they know that is an advantage as well. People get to know each other, how to play together.
“[Xhaka] had been brilliant with Basel, he had been brilliant with Gladbach, so we bought a complete player who definitely improves our squad, and hopefully he will prove that on the pitch.”
Whether more signings will come remains under question, but there is no debate over the need of new additions at the Emirates Stadium.
Despite boasting Assist King Mesut Ozil, Arsenal’s inability to convert their chances left them exposed, proving detrimental to their hopes of winning the league crown last season.
Oliver Giroud and even the beloved Alexis Sanchez endured frustrating spells last term, with Theo Walcott emerging as enemy number 1 among Gooners.
Long-term injuries to Danny Welbeck and Per Mertesacker have further depleted Wenger’s squad. Luckily, the Mirror have linked the north London giants with moves for both Riyad Mahrez and Alexandre Lacazette.
Will Wenger act, though?