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Gooner Speaks: What Arsenal Really Need From The Transfer Market

Ashish Koshy
942   //    26 Jul 2011, 10:40 IST

Being an Arsenal fan during these times is quite difficult. Ask me. Waking up everyday and typing in “Arsenal” and “Arsenal Transfers” in Google, only to see some stupid rumors that are very unlikely to take place. Then check the calendar to see that we’re just a few weeks away from the transfer window closing and the shivers it sends down my spine! It’s good to see that we’ve already signed Carl Jenkinson and Gervinho, with the latter showing his brilliance during our pre-season friendly against FC Cologne. However, I can assure you that most Arsenal fans are waiting to see at least two-three signings with a major area of concern being the central defense! Of course the other signings should be to add some quality depth in the midfield.

While one thing is certain, that we NEED signings, it doesn’t really explain why should we splurge on big names? I’m very glad that we didn’t buy Stuart Downing or Ashley Young. They might be good players, but it doesn’t explain their bloated price tags. Another hassle is the ongoing transfer saga about Cesc Fabregas and the media constantly fueling rumors of Samir Nasri leaving. So with only one month left, what should Arsene Wenger do?

From what I can see, there’s no assurance that we will hold on to both our midfielders (by which I obviously mean Fabregas and Nasri). But I’d rather sell Nasri first and hold onto Fabregas till Barcelona doesn’t offer the right (or near right) amount for one of the best midfielders in the world. With Nasri’s money, we can then invest in a good replacement, maybe like Juan Mata or Eden Hazard. While the latest rumors suggest that these players are not available, I’m pretty sure a slight hike in the price offered can propel even the stubbornest manager to change his decision. I think a price of 15 million pounds for Jagielka is a little too much but if Everton is looking for a good forward and if it’s Bendtner they’re looking for, we can offer a little less and make the “want-away” striker a part of the deal. Maybe some unknown midfielder from some unknown player who has tremendous potential (Arsenal is known for spotting such talent) can be an extra midfield signing. Now that is what Arsene should do in my opinion, but of course there might be some “other” ways like bringing up some of our already promising players like Emannuel Frimpong and Benik Afobe into the first team. Kyle Bartley has also expressed his desire to play for the first team so he might be an option worth considering.

In conclusion, it doesn’t look like the coming season has gloomy skies over the Emirates. On the contrary, it looks a lot more promising than the previous one.

It's not very gloomy for the Arsenal

Ashish Koshy
A recent Arsenal supporter, I take a lot of pride in the club and generally in football. Other sports that take my fancy are basketball, tennis and a little bit of cricket (Twenty-20's are fast and appeal more to me). While I'm not a professional writer, I've worked with a technology website as a Staff Writer.
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