With Cesc and Nasri off to pastures new, Arsenal are left with a somewhat weaker squad. The blow is softened slightly with the signings of Gervinho, Carl Jenkinson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, but they are hardly signings that will get the Arsenal fans excited.
Last season, Arsene promised he would be “very active” over the summer and with two weeks until the transfer window closes, and one day before the start of the new Premier League season, we have not added in the areas we really do need strengthening – central defence, left back, in goal and central midfield.
Szczesny is decent, don’t get me wrong, but he is young and I don’t rate Almunia or Fabianski as good enough backup. A decent signing in this area would at least keep the goalkeeping position competitive.
There has been rumours about Phil Jagielka, Scott Dann and Gary Cahill coming in but we already have 4 central defenders so I can’t see Arsene bringing in any more. Crazy I hear you cry? Well that’s us isn’t it? Djourou and Vermaelen are excellent in my opinion but Squillaci and Koscielny make too many mistakes.
Aaron Ramsey will replace Cesc Fabregas in a like-for-like swap, but again, if he, Wilshere or Song get injured we’re in big trouble. Gervinho has been added to the attacking talent of Van Persie, Walcott, Rosicky and Arshavin so purely on numbers alone, it would not surprise me in the slightest if Arsene did not add to the squad.
And this is backed up by his statements in this afternoon’s press conference:
“Do we want to buy? I don’t know because at the moment we have too big a squad, we have too many players,”
After all, his argument would be bringing in new players would “kill” the talents of the younger players.