Arsenal Transfer News: Gunners in Need of Substance After Alexis Sanchez Swoop

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistJuly 11, 2014

BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JUNE 28: Alexis Sanchez of Chile reacts after being defeated by Brazil in a penalty shootout during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil round of 16 match between Brazil and Chile at Estadio Mineirao on June 28, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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The Emirates Stadium is a setting subject to extreme cheer at present, an inevitable outcome of the news that Alexis Sanchez has signed from Barcelona in a £35 million move.

The forward was superb during Chile's run to the World Cup's round of 16 this summer, and upon sealing his switch to North London, told Sky Sports"I'm so happy to be joining Arsenal - a club with a great manager, a fantastic squad of players, huge support around the world and a great stadium in London."

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 16: Alexis Sanchez of FC Barcelona celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and CA Osasuna at Camp Nou on March 16, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Image
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For Arsenal fans, it's a sensation that doesn't come around all too often. Not only did Sanchez's purchase require a sum of money that isn't regularly splashed by the club's owners, renowned for being stringent in their spending, but it's early business too.

However, that gives the club all the more reason to now move onwards and upwards in their drive for further reinforcements, with club chief executive Ivan Gazidis telling Arsenal Fan TV that there is yet more work to be done:

Such affirmations will be like music to North London ears, but it's one thing for such comments to be heard coming from a businessman in football, another thing entirely to see them backed up with action.

And for many, Sanchez won't have been considered a necessity by any stretch of the imagination, with other areas of the squad undoubtedly in more desperate need of back-up.

That's not to say the South American doesn't better Arsene Wenger's squad; of course he does, just as The Times' Rory Smith points out:

However, with Santi Cazorla, Mesut Ozil, Lukas Podolski, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Serge Gnabry and a fit-again Theo Walcott in their ranks, Arsenal's wide areas and attacking midfield portions weren't exactly in dire straits.

Not as much as right-back, for example, although ex-Arsenal defender Lee Dixon has it on good authority that Newcastle United's Mathieu Debuchy is as good as a done deal:

That would be one problem area taken care of in the wake of Bacary Sagna's exit to Manchester City, but there's more to be done.

Wojciech Szczesny still requires competition for the No. 1 jersey and a tough-tackling, younger anchoring alternative to Mikel Arteta or Mathieu Flamini would go down a treat at present.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 17:  Arsene Wenger manager of Arsenal looks on in victory after the FA Cup with Budweiser Final match between Arsenal and Hull City at Wembley Stadium on May 17, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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In fact, all three of those could be seen as higher priorities to a player of Sanchez's skill set, but then if the club are confident they have the funds needed, why not go for the whole lot?

Sanchez's early jump would suggest the North Londoners mean business this summer, far beyond that of the single-splash venture experienced with Ozil 10 months ago.