Arsenal FC: What Is to Be Expected of Arsenal's Three New Signings Next Season?

Raul HingoraniCorrespondent IIAugust 8, 2012

SO KON PO, HONG KONG - JULY 29:  Arsenal FC manager Arsene Wenger looks on during the pre-season Asian Tour friendly match between Kitchee FC and Arsenal at Hong Kong Stadium on July 29, 2012 in Hong Kong.  (Photo by Victor Fraile/Getty Images)
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Arsenal has had a great summer transfer window up to this point in time. They have added three attacking assets to the team with Lukas Podolski from Cologne, Olivier Giroud from French champions(Montpellier), and Santi Cazorla from Malaga.

They might not even be done with their transfer window activities, as they have been linked with other players such as Nuri Sahin(the Guardian) and Kevin Mirallas(Daily Mail).

So with this, Arsenal will be looking ahead to a solid season where they can stay in contention to win a trophy with other big clubs on the way to strengthening their squads.

Chelsea have already completed the signings of Eden Hazard, his brother Thorgan Hazard, Marko Marin and the Brazilian midfielder, Oscar.

Manchester United have strengthened their squad by adding Shinki Kagawa and Nick Powell to their team, however, they might still have some transfers left to complete.

With these clubs who have already had successful seasons recently improving, Arsenal will need to join that road as well.

This means that Giroud, Podolski, and Cazorla will need to have their best seasons yet with Arsenal, so that they can compete with the likes of the big clubs and win a much needed trophy—which would boost the team.

With this in mind, here is what the Gunners' three new additions will need to do in their first season at the Emirates.


Lukas Podolski

Podolski was Arsenal's first signing of the summer. He had a good season with Cologne in the Bundesliga. Despite the team's relegation, Podolski still managed to achieve good scoring numbers himself.

He managed to net in 18 goals in 29 appearances with Cologne in the Bundesliga. He finished fourth in the table of top scorers, tied with Claudio Pizarro of Werder Bremen and Marco Reus of Borussia Mönchengladbach.

The German forward was Cologne's best player last season, and hopefully, he can turn out to be one of Arsenal's best forwards in the coming season.

He has proven that he can score goals when necessary in a league that has a high level of football. However, the Premier League is the toughest league to play in. Despite this, I foresee that Podolski will have a good offensive season. He will need to score around 10-15 goals to establish himself in the league and prove that he is an important part of the attack.

He will also need to use his good passing abilities to set up the other players. Last season, Robin van Persie was so successful due to the fact that his supporting cast was always there to supply him with goal scoring opportunities. 

Podolski will not only need to set up chances for the other forwards, but he will need to convert the good chances that he will receive next season. 

Olivier Giroud

Olivier Giroud turned himself from an average player in the leagues of France, into a goal scoring machine.

The French forward really showcased his talents during the 2011-2012 Ligue 1 season in which he was the top scorer with the French champions, Montpellier.

He was the leading, attacking force in Montpellier's great season. He was finishing many chances that allowed his team to win many key matches.

He also managed to dish out nine assists. Standing at a height of around 6'4", he is an aerial threat when it comes to scoring goals and climbing up to create a good chance for his teammates.

He will need to be one of Arsenal's most important players next season, as he might be leading the Arsenal attack. Robin van Persie's future with the Gunners is still unsure, so Giroud's role at Arsenal might be intensified earlier than expected.

Arsenal has a great offensive crew that will be feeding Giroud the ball many times in a match. It will be up to the Frenchman to be efficient with the ball, making key passes and assists and scoring goals when he gets the chances.


Santi Cazorla

Santi Cazorla is the Gunners' most recent signing. After a pretty long transfer saga, the deal was finally announced on the official Arsenal website( 

The Spanish midfielder just came off a great season with Malaga in La Liga, in which he managed to earn his team a chance at playing in the Champions League by finishing fourth place in the Spanish league.

In this great season, Cazorla managed to score nine goals in his 2011-2012 La Liga campaign and along with those goals, the Spaniard also assisted some key goals for his team.

He might have scored just nine goals, but he scored the most goals from distance in the whole Spanish league, with eight of his goals being from distance.

To make a significant impact with Arsenal in his first season, Cazorla will need to continue his great form into the Premier League. He will need to score around 10 goals to make a scoring impact for the team, and will need to be credited for a good amount of assists. 

Cazorla will also have to put his good long shot and set piece taking abilities to use in the Premier League. It is a skill that would be very useful at Arsenal, as it can lead to goals from Cazorla scoring himself; or goals could come from aerial threats such as Olivier Giroud, Laurent Koscielny or Thomas Vermaelen connecting to a set piece.



Ultimately, all three of these players will need to have great first seasons with the Gunners to make significant impacts and help the team win a trophy. 

However, it won't only come down to the performances of these three players. Every other Arsenal man will need to play even better than last season to potentially end the trophy drought.

So, do you think the Gunners' three new signings will be able to perform well in their first season at the Emirates? Who will be the most influential between Podolski, Giroud, and Cazorla?

Thanks for reading!