A Brutally Realistic View of the Transfers

With just a couple days to go until the end of the transfer window, here is part two on my thoughts on the current state of the squad. Currently, our squad lacks either depth or quality (or in some cases both) in nearly all parts of the field. But then, with £70m transfer kitty, what should we prioritize?

I’m a fan of beautiful free-flowing football that the old Arsenal deployed so regularly that the entire Premier League always said that Arsenal games are the most fun to watch. However, with our current squad, a tiki-taka type of team cannot really be made with a a few signings. A lot of our players probably can adapt and will be able to play it to some degree, but in competitive matches, we need to stick with what our players are best at; this is where the problem lies.

What is Arsenal’s play style now? Do we play free-flowing football? Do we play counter-attacking football? Are we attack minded or do we start from the back?

When you start to think about all these, you kind of start to wonder… and don’t know exactly what Arsenal’s flavor is now. So here is my idea on what approach we should take.

I’ll get straight to the point. I’m a fan of beautiful football, but I’m a bigger fan of winning football. You could say that I’ve gotten a little old after all these years of the club trying to play it beautifully, only to fail to win. And personally, I think in modern football, winning in a season starts with a firm defense.

Our Invinsibles not losing a single game payed a great deal, as we never lost a point. Those few points here and there can be massive in the last few weeks of the season. But you look at us, and we started the season on a loss. That’s not too good, considering that we haven’t kicked off a season with a loss in a LONG time.

Asmir Begović – £15m

This is a player we should’ve pounced on weeks ago alongside Higuain. Wenger truly believes that another GK signing will hinder Szczesny’s progress, but Begovic is only three years older. Three years from now, will Woj be as good as Begovic now? Looking at the progress he made just last season, I’m not too sure. Begovic, on the other hand, is a proven top Premier League GK that can immediately slot into our position and help the squad go steady.

Mamadou Sakho – £10m

Sakho was supposed to be the next great French defender, but injuries have got the better of him recently. Being at PSG, a club that isn’t the greatest place to be to develop your game, didn’t work out well for him either. However, Sakho is without a doubt a quality talent that can contribute. With our record of having to shift around CB’s throughout the season due to various reasons, having five CBs in rotation doesn’t seem like a bad idea at all.

Micah Richards – £15m

Richards is somewhat of an injury prone player, but he is no doubt a proven talent that when given the playing time, can repay a manager’s faith in him. The only problem really lies in Pellegrini not wanting to sell him because Richards is such a utility player. RB and CB are his two main, but I believe that Richards is fully capable of taking some shifts in the DM department too. However, as he isn’t given much playing time in City, Richards could pursue a move and in the case he does, Arsenal should pounce on the opportunity.

Marouane Fellaini – £25m

I believe Fellaini can genuinely play at a competitive level in all parts of the field, from CB all the way to CF. Who know’s he might be as good in the GK as O’Shea! In all seriousness, he’s a top Premier League star that is Mikel with more versatility. This is a no-brainer signing that Arsenal should’ve gone for already.

John Obi Mikel – £10m

That’s right folks. The Nigerian could be available for just £10m! In the case Fellaini doesn’t work out, how about Mikel? That is an insane price for a proven Premier League player. Bar his inconsistencies from time to time, Mikel can immediately put some grit into our midfield with his height and strength. He could also be a great mentor for Frimpong in the long run.

Ángel di María – £27m

With Bale going to Madrid, ADM will sooner or later make his departure. With a set backbone in defense, di Maria can come in and bring some flair and versatility up front. He is a very traditional winger that plays the game wide, and the club has missed a player like that. All of our wingers right now are players that will cut in. We need guys that’ll hog the sideline to give a new flavor to the team. Now, only if Ancelotti are willing to sell…

To wrap up, a signing of:

Asmir Begović – £15m
Mamadou Sakho – £10m
Micah Richards – £15m
Marouane Fellaini – £25m
Ángel di María – £27m

The above totals out to be £92m. But it’s above £70m!

I’ll be honest with you. I don’t believe we have £70m. We have much more than that–near £100m. Hence, my reasoning behind those prices and those bids.

Regarding the above not including a clinical striker, I believe that Giroud just might be able to pull it off with some shifts between Podolski and Walcott. Remember, we have a lot of injuries right now, which makes the disillusion that our squad is even thinner than it already is. It is thin at this point, but really? A striker?

What’s your say? Who do you feel we’ll sign with just a couple days to go?

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