5 Players Arsenal should consider buying
5 players Arsenal should attempt to sign to stall their decline
Arsenal are in panic mode again. This usually happens before their customary run of form in January and an inevitable FA Cup run will once again shore up a mess of a season, maybe.
Maybe, it will be worse and Arsene Wenger with all his experience will not be able to pull up this squad of players. There is almost no question that this squad needs to be reshaped. Arsenal are a club on the decline and the only way to do that is to build the team in a very different way.
There needs to be steel and commitment on the Arsenal side who, while not really short in quality do lack a strong backbone and the ability to rack up consistent performances.
When you factor in the possibility that Arsenal's two most influential players- Mesut Özil and Alexis Sanchez are on the verge of leaving the club- one would realize the North London club is in big trouble.
The goalkeeping slot is the only one which is completely reliable although whispers abound that Petr Cech might not be at an acceptable level much longer.
In short, Wenger staying or going will not in any way alter the requirement of major surgery on the squad.
Some queries have finally been met; Alexander Lacazette filling the need for a quality striker and providing depth for a squad that was over-reliant on an unreliable Olivier Giroud and an increasingly unhappy Alexis and Özil.
#5 Paco Alcacer
The Barcelona forward is in good form. There are, however, many issues that do not exactly pertain to his playing ability that might determine his future at Barcelona.
Alcacer has played himself into reckoning at the Blaugrana but it is difficult to see how the young Spaniard get enough time on the pitch.
Two seasons ago, Alcacer was one of Spain's hottest properties and it is not a stretch to imagine that a little confidence will return him to the higher reaches of his ability.
While Arsenal has invested in Lacazette as their primary centre-forward, the potential departure of Alexis Sanchez means that Arsenal will be short of proper out and out attacking players again.
Alcacer is a centre-forward and would increase Wenger's options up front. While Lacazette has hit the ground running, Giroud is now nearing the wrong side of thirty and can leave Arsenal woefully short of options up front.
Their other backup Danny Welbeck seems to be fit once in six months and the Gunners would do well to get Alcacer from Barcelona, especially as he is returning to form.
Alcacer made his name at Valencia, for whom he appeared 93 times and scored 30 goals.