Why Signing These 3 Players Would Turn Arsenal's EPL Season Around
Arsenal have had a disappointing season and yet they are through to the knockout stages of the Champions League and currently sit fifth in the Premier League, with London rivals Tottenham and Chelsea only two points ahead.
There's clearly every chance for Arsenal to still achieve something significant this season, whether it's a decent run in the Champions League, qualifying for the tournament next season or simply making sure that the manager doesn't lose his job.
With that in mind, it might be time for one last throw of the financial dice by Arsene Wenger. There's not that much wrong with Wenger's team that couldn't be rectified with a few canny signings. Here's why signing these three players would turn Arsenal's English Premier League season around.
Arsenal have issues all over their defence. Bacary Sagna is stalling over a new contract and the centre of defence is far from impenetrable. Meanwhile, at left-back...well, Andre Santos is one of the club's left-backs.
Surely the answer to all of those problems is to sign a player who can play right across the back four?
That man could be Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.
Starting his career as a left-back, Yanga-Mbiwa switched to the right before finally settling down in the centre of defence. He was one of the major factors last season as Montpellier won the French title. With Montpellier having been eliminated from this season’s Champions League, Metro’s Jamie Sanderson has claimed that Arsenal are ready to make a move in January.
Yanga-Mbiwa recently signed a new contract with Montpellier but the French outfit will struggle to resist if Arsenal decide to flex their financial muscle.
A midfield three of Jack Wilshere, Mikel Arteta and Santi Cazorla is all well and good when you have the ball, but what about when you don’t?
Arsenal are in desperate need of some defensive muscle in their midfield.
Abou Diaby is out injured and isn’t necessarily suited to a disciplined holding role anyway, as he prefers to play box-to-box.
So who can plug the gap in Arsenal’s midfield through which so much opposing attacking play flows?
The perfect solution could be Etienne Capoue, who Arsenal were chasing last summer, according to the Daily Mail. The French international can play as a central defender, but is best known as a defensive midfielder. At 6'2” he is exactly the sort of robust presence needed by Arsenal to protect their more skillful yet delicate midfielders.
That's not to say that Capoue is without skill. His long diagonal balls to the wings could be of great benefit to Theo Walcott, should he stay at the club. Aged 24 and with his best years ahead of him, Capoue could be the man to make Arsenal’s midfield nasty again.
Gervinho might miss sitters from six-yards out, but Klaas-Jan Huntelaar doesn’t. That’s why he’d be such a great signing for Arsenal. The Gunners have plenty of talent in attack, but they have no one with the ability to score goals like Huntelaar.
The last time Arsene Wenger signed a "fox in the box," it turned out to be Francis Jeffers, but Huntelaar is the real deal. Last season, the Dutchman scored 48 goals in 48 games for Schalke.
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In truth, Huntelaar isn’t as good as Van Persie as an all-round player, but the fact is that he scores goals and that’s just what Arsenal need right now.
With his contract set to expire in the summer, James Olley of The Independent has claimed that Arsenal think that they can sign Huntelaar for as little as £5 million.
That’s not bad for a player that has scored 34 goals in 59 games for Holland. With the transfer budget tight at the Emirates, this might be the closest they get to a world-class player at a bargain basement price.