5 Big-Money Players Arsenal Should Consider Signing
It's widely known that Arsenal have a very large transfer budget this summer.
The Gunners have nearly paid off all their Emirates Stadium debt and have saved up a ton of money after several years of painful frugality. They will need the money after buying very few players last summer and seeing a number of key players leave this time around.
While Arsene Wenger is infamously frugal, he now has the money to strengthen the most important areas of the squad with truly elite players. Knowing him, he won't make many huge splashes, but he very well might sign one key player.
Here are five potential signings.
According to John Cross of the Mirror, who is generally a reliable source on Arsenal, Arsene Wenger is considering a move for an unsettled Mario Balotelli.
If anyone could tame Balotelli's brash and selfish personality, it would be Wenger. He did the same with Robin van Persie many years ago and very well might be able to do so again now.
Balotelli is exactly the sort of player Arsenal need. He can operate as a lone striker up front and is able to match intimidating physical power with remarkable technical ability. He just needs to not reduce the team's efforts to his own personal drama.
Eto'o would not be expensive to sign, as he is out of contract and thus available without the need to pay a transfer fee to anyone. However, he is used to earning extremely high wages at both Anzhi Makhachkala and Chelsea.
Arsenal would thus have to upset their wage structure to pay the 33-year-old Eto'o what he wants.
Don't let his age fool you, though.
The Cameroonian is still capable of making meaningful contributions if used sparingly, as he would be with Olivier Giroud ahead of him in the pecking order.
Eto'o scored nine goals in 21 Premier League games for Chelsea last season—a respectable total. He would be worth Arsenal's money if he could do the same.
Instead of buying inexperienced 21-year-old Serge Aurier to replace Bacary Sagna, why not spring for a burgeoning young talent with Premier League experience?
Seamus Coleman might not be as expensive a signing as some other players on this list, but Everton will not be willing to let him go easily after the breakout season he just had.
Storming down the right side of Goodison Park every week made Coleman a fixture in the Everton team—and in many best Premier League XIs, too.
Arsene Wenger will probably not sign Coleman due to his relative lack of technical ability, but his prowess in both defense and attack is worthy of consideration.
Fabregas' name has been in seemingly every transfer rumor article recently, as many reports have emerged that Barcelona are looking to sell him.
Arsenal really do not need him right now. While there is always room for more depth in a squad that was ravaged by injury this season, the large amount of money that will have to be spent on bringing Fabregas back could be better spent on a multitude of positions beside the strongest one on the team.
However, the money the Gunners would spend on Fabregas is worth preventing the team's direct title rivals from acquiring him. Arsene Wenger has never been one to make tactical purchases, but he should make an exception this time.
Also, Arsenal would end up with Cesc Fabregas. Not a bad deal in the end.
For all the flak that Karim Benzema routinely receives at Real Madrid, he would be a wonderful addition to Arsenal's front line.
It might take him a little while to get acclimated to the very physical nature of the Premier League compared to La Liga, but Benzema has a great deal of experience on the international stage and has faced tough competition from across the globe.
He certainly has the technical ability to lead the forward line all by himself, and he would provide stern competition for Olivier Giroud. Benzema would probably win, but they would each be nipping at the other's heels constantly for the starting spot.
That's exactly the way it should be, and the way it was not during this past season.