Another day, another Arsenal transfer story.
It has been a recurring theme throughout the summer, and this time it is Newcastle pair Cheick Tiote and Yohan Cabaye who have been linked with a late switch to the Emirates.
The Daily Mail reports that Arsene Wenger could be lining up £15 million moves for either Cabaye or possibly Tiote, though the Gunners’ boss has since distanced the club from a move for the latter via Arsenal.com.
Either way, it would appear that Wenger is very much still in the market and is looking for further additions to the squad before the transfer window closes.
Both Tiote and Cabaye are presumably being lined up as replacements for Alex Song; a perfectly understandable move for Wenger to make.
But are either of the Newcastle stars adequate substitutes for the Cameroonian?
Tiote certainly seems to be as defensively competent, based on his domineering performances for the Magpies last season, while Cabaye has demonstrated vision and passing as good as, if not better, than Arsenal's former midfielder.
But neither player would appear to be the total package.
That was the beauty of Song; he had the fantastic ability to contribute to both defence and attack, in safeguarding the back four but also providing a real creative edge.
Unfortunately, Tiote and Cabaye appear to be somewhat more one-dimensional than the Cameroonian. Don’t get me wrong, both are fantastic players, but it would require the services of both men in order to fill the void that Song has left.
Not only could this set the club back up to £30 million, but a more fundamental issue would be that of basic mathematics; two men cant replace one in the starting line up.
Of course, the likes of Mikel Arteta could make way to facilitate their inclusion, but based on the Spaniard’s current form, he should be one of the first names on the team sheet.
And besides, Arsenal seem to be coping perfectly well in midfield; it’s the striking department in which they have been desperately short.
This begs the question; shouldn’t Wenger’s top priority be signing another forward?
Based on two successive goalless draws where the team have played very well but lacked that killer instinct in front of goal, one would have to say yes.
There could still be time for the Frenchman to bring in another body up top, but for some reason it does not seem to be at the top of his agenda.
I for one feel that the squad is currently good enough to cope without any further signings, but if Wenger really feels the need to return to the transfer market, it should only be for a striker. Tiote and Cabaye are top drawer players, but much like the point I made in my recent article about Jesus Navas, they are not the players that Arsenal need right now.
With Arteta and Santi Cazorla impressing in the heart of midfield, and factors such as a returning Jack Wilshere to consider, this is not an area that the club particularly need to strengthen.
The stories may of course just be rumors, and such moves may never come to fruition. The more pessimistic Arsenal fan may see this as another missed opportunity, but if we are to view this subject with prudence, then Wenger should abstain from making these signings.
The money could be better invested elsewhere in order to rectify more pressing matters such as the lack of depth up front.
Nonetheless, I’m 100 percent confident that Mr. Wenger knows exactly what he’s doing. Though the results have been poor, the performances have been encouraging, and I personally believe that there is reason to be optimistic as an Arsenal fan ahead of the current campaign.
But do you agree? Should Tiote and Cabaye join the Gunners? Or should we be looking to strengthen other areas of the squad?
Comment below with your thoughts and opinions.