Every Arsenal fan looks forward to the summer for more reasons than one.
In recent times, things have been a bit gloomy in the red half of North London, with the lack of silverware being a cliché that has haunted Arsenal’s loyal fans. Every summer offers this set of individuals the opportunity to regain fresh optimism in the team they love and support.
Last season, despite experiencing a tumultuous summer and a shaky winter, the Gunners enjoyed a resurgent autumn, and the consistent run in spring made the season end in full bloom.
While the European Championships offered us some necessary distraction, transfer activity has been at an all-time high, with the media vultures doing their bit to link Arsenal to every footballer in the Milky Way.
Last season, it took an 8-2 mauling at the hands of Manchester United to open Arsene Wenger’s eyes in the worst possible manner, and he removed the dust off Arsenal’s cheque book to make five acquisitions from all over Europe.
The media vultures sang sweet tunes about Gary Cahill and Chris Samba, labelling them as Arsenal’s defensive messiahs, but Arsene Wenger opted for Per Mertesacker.
That added the German's vast experience, height, composure and coordination to the heart of Arsenal’s defense. It is unfortunate to see his season cut short by that pitch fit only for rearing cattle at the Stadium of Light.
Down the years, Arsenal had been graced with great left-backs Nigel Winterburn, Sylvinho, Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Ashley Cole and Gael Clichy.
Kieran Gibbs was next in line to get a shot at glory, but countless niggling injuries hindered his progress, so Wenger opted for Andre Santos, a Samba boy renowned for so much attacking verve with equally adept defensive capabilities.
The departures of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri were very bitter pills to swallow, but life had to go on after such monumental losses. Arsenal had lost legends like Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry before them, but the world as we knew it didn’t come to an end.
Up stepped Mikel Arteta, the hair-gel specialist that integrated himself into Arsenal as a vital cog in the midfield engine. Arsenal was greatly affected by his absence through injury.
Wenger also injected some experience into the squad in the form of Yossi Benayoun, who has been there and done that in the Premier League. He was at the fringes for a large chunk of his loan spell, but he was immense in the club’s surge for Champions League football at the tail end of the campaign.
And there was Park Chu-Young.
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Arsenal has added a new attacking piece to its jigsaw puzzle. He’s a forward that has been labelled as a typical Arsene Wenger signing: shrewd, well thought of and relatively unknown.
These are the feats that have made Wenger a household name in the transfer world.
Arsenal was delighted to announce the signing from Montpellier Herault SC of Olivier Giroud on a long-term contract.
Without further ado, here are 10 things you need to know about Arsenal’s new acquisition.