Here is common sense.
We will not be a lot on the market, quantity-wise I mean. Quality-wise, certainly.
But the [maximum] number of the squad is 25. We have many players out on loan and we will take a gamble if we find top, top quality of course.
But don’t forget we have many players out on loan and we have not had Jack Wilshere or Abou Diaby for the whole season.
These players will be back, and it means that number and quality-wise we are strong because we are in the position we are in without these players.
This is Arsene Wenger speaking, as related by Arsenal.com.
It is common sense because buying in the transfer market must be mitigated by the size of the squad and by the quality already in hand.
This is a compelling reason because what is "out there" isn't always better than what is right here, but more on that later.
It is my view that what is available right now at Arsenal seems to suggest new signing might not be necessary for the coming season.
Consider the various departments of the squad with me.
Barring the kind of goalkeeping crisis that struck the club last season, there is no reason why Arsenal won't survive the coming season on the back of their current goalkeepers. So there's no need to buy in this department.
What's more, the Manchester United-Anders Lindegaard-David de Gea situation this season should serve as a cautionary tale to those who always think that that which glitters outside is better than that which glistens at home.
Arsenal presently have five central defenders on roll—Thomas Vermaelen, Laurent Koscieny, Per Mertesacker, Johan Djourou and Sébastien Squillaci.
Even if they were to sell one of those (as they probably will Squillaci), they still have sufficient cover at central defense. This is more so since they have other defenders to call upon in the reserves. Strictly speaking, therefore, Arsenal do not need to buy another central defender.
For full-backs, each flank has two, which allows for rotation and cover when minor hitches occur. Plus, there are capable players from the reserves who could be called upon to cover these positions in the event of any unforeseen problem. One such player is Ignasi Miquel.
Emmanuel Frimpong, who should return from injury by the beginning of next season, and Francis Coquelin already are first team material, and both are defensive midfielders. This means Alex Song has two capable players to cover his position.
Coquelin is very dexterous on the ball, so should there arise some problem with Song, he could readily take over this position. Frimpong offers great promise as well.
Both Abou Diaby and Jack Wilshere are set to return from injury next season. Should Diaby shake his long-time injury problem, Arsenal would have a dexterous player, adaptable on the entire spectrum of the midfield—defense, pivot, attack.
Jack Wilshere is powerful on the ball, and his driving runs routinely cause panic and havoc in the final third of the field. Here is an enforcer of the first order, a player that enables Arsenal to dominate the opponent in the middle of the pitch.
Mikel Arteta already is a fortress in the box-to-box role. His passing is in the top rung in Europe. In addition, his knack for breaking up opponents' attacks is sharper than most.
In attack, Aaron Ramsey may have petered out a little at the tail end of this season, but this is because he played non-stop early in the season, doing well in the process except naturally, his inability to find the net consistently. This, of course, will improve.
Then there's Tomas Rosicky, who has recovered his old form. He is at the age where his experience will count a great deal in the squad. So between the two, Arsenal have enough fire power to do well in the coming season.
Moreover, as was shown in the AC Milan match at the Emirates, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain can play as well on the tip of the midfield.
There's your extra man for the midfield right there.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain waits in the wings to take over from Theo Walcott on the right flank should there be any need for it. He also plays well on the left. This means that Arsene Wenger can employ Oxlade-Chamberlain for rotation in these positions.
In Gervinho and Theo Walcott, Arsenal have two of the best wingers not only in the Premier League but in Europe as a whole.
For extra cover on the flanks, Arsenal possess Ryo Miyaichi, who has given a good account of himself on loan at Bolton Wanderers.
So there you have it. Four capable bodies in the flanks, one of which can also cover the attacking midfield position.
On the tip of the attack is where strong argument exists for transfer buying. But if Arsenal decide not to buy and recall Nicklas Bendtner from loan, they would have three extra forwards in Bendtner, Marouane Chamakh and Park Chu-Young.
I know a great many readers will throw up their arms in exasperation at the mention of this trio, but the reader should recall how Chamakh provided sufficient firepower for Arsenal's attack when both Bendtner and Robin van Persie were out injured last season.
Park hasn't had enough opportunity to show what he can offer, but who is to say any of these players might not produce the goods when events call upon them to do so?
My point of reference is always Mario Gomez, who at one time was like these three players at Bayern Munich, but look at him now.
Moreover, if rumors are correct, Arsenal already have bought a forward, so they hardly need to buy one more. As a matter of fact, it looks like they rather should sell off some forwards.
On top of this, there is Joel Campbell, who could be recalled from loan. Plus, some reserve player could be itching to make his glorious debut for the team.
Strictly speaking therefore, based on what already is on the ground, Arsenal may not need to buy any more players. This, though, isn't the only compelling reason for this scenario.