Will Arsenal continue to active in the transfer market?
Although the Gunners ultimately fell short in the race for the Premier League title last season, they can take encouragement from the dominant period they enjoyed at the summit which took many by surprise. Arsenal remained top of the table for over half the season, but let a wonderful opportunity slip away as the closest challengers took full advantage of a considerable dip in form that proved costly. One of the main concerns was the lack of depth in Arsene Wenger’s squad caused by the Frenchman’s seeming reluctance to splash the cash. The necessity to spend continues to increase as Arsenal’s main rivals have remained active in the transfer market, particularly during this summer as multi-million pound sums have already been spent by Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City. Coming so close to glory in the 2013/2014 season may illustrate that Arsenal already have enough quality to be competitive once again, although the latest Premier League odds would suggest that Wenger may need to bring more new faces to the Emirates to stand a chance of winning the title.
Premier League chances
6/1 reflects Arsenal’s current status as a top four Premier League side who have most the ingredients needed to mount a serious title challenge, but lack the quality that other teams possess. The arrivals of Alexis Sanchez and Mathieu Debuchy goes some way to adding more quality to the squad, particularly through the former who enjoyed a wonderful World Cup with Chile and provides a much-needed striker to supplement Olivier Giroud. Sanchez brings a fresh injection of pace, creativity and directness which could make Arsenal even more dynamic and fluid going forward. Although the former Barcelona star is often utilised on the right wing, Sanchez can also play upfront which gives Wenger the option to play two in attack.
Sanchez and Debuchy illustrate the type of players that Arsenal requires in order to remain competitive and match their rivals in the transfer market. There is, however, a need for the Gunner to continue searching for new faces that will take the club to the next level; despite not having the financial wealth of Chelsea and Manchester City, Arsenal continue to attract the best players across Europe to the Emirates. Debuchy’s arrival may signal the end of Wenger’s interest in Serge Aurier, although the highly-talented defender can also play left back and would be an excellent addition. A new goalkeeper may become a priority following the departure of Lukas Fabianski, with Mexico hero Guillermo Ochoa and David Ospina strongly linked with a move to Arsenal in recent weeks. The main target appears to be Sami Khedira who would be a wonderful addition to the squad; the German international would add much-needed bite and solidity in midfield, while his experience could also benefit the team going forward towards a potential Premier League title push.