Arsenal Transfer Focus 2012: Signings Show Wenger's Title Ambition
Arsenal has been a major hit in the transfer window this summer. Before it even officially opened, everybody was aware of Lukas Podolski's early arrival at the Emirates. This was swiftly followed by French International, Olivier Giroud.
Then dropped the major bombshell when Robin Van Persie declared he would not be signing a contract extension at the club. He highlighted that the club lacked ambition.
The Van Persie situation quickly turned into a long winded saga with both Manchester clubs in the frame along with Juventus. Latest report from ESPN suggest that the Dutchman has agreed to join Juventus according to an agent.
But nothing concrete has yet to occur and whilst many fans must have thought this is going to be another disastrous season for Arsenal in the transfer window, Wenger has moved quickly in his attempt to bolster the squad.
For the first time, the Arsenal manager has been open about the market, admitting that more players will be brought in and they will be definite outgoings.
The Daily Mail quotes Wenger, "Bendtner, Squillaci and Park will be on their way to go somewhere, Arshavin, it depends. We have to sit together and talks. He could still have a future at the club."
The new side to Wenger is bullish and clear in what he wants. Arsenal quickly turned their attention on Santi Cazorla. The Spanish midfielder is 27-years-old, technically gifted and is versatile in positions. Wenger has pinned the player as a major target and if reports are to be believed, the club is ready to make him their highest transfer acquisition.
Goal.com reports that the Cazorla deal could be completed by the end of the week for around £18 million. That is quite a fee for the Spanish playmaker. It is also reported that the club will capture Sahin from Real Madrid on a season-long loan.
These potential signings that seem to be more concrete than just rumours have supposedly changed Van Persie's attitude in training.
Could the Arsenal captain make a sudden U-turn?
Whether Van Persie stays or not, I am convinced the manager will go on to buy another striker. The attacking options available for the manager is fantastic and I hope both Cazorla and Sahin signs for the club.
I've long been calling for an Alonso type of player to join the club and Sahin has that passing masterclass that would up Arsenal's level of play. Cazorla is an all-around attacking player and he can score goals.
But my only concern now is that Arsenal lacks a balance between attacking and defensive players.
All rumours have vanished about a proposed move for Yann M'vila, but there has been some reports linking Arsenal with central defender Sakho from PSG.
Arsenal still needs to sign one defender and one defensive midfielder. Diaby may be fit now but is it guaranteed that he will be injury free all season? I think it's too much pressure on a player who has played little over the past two seasons.
Arsenal needs strength in depth to win the title. If these players are brought in, no doubt will the Gunners be challenging on all front next season.
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