5 Moves Arsenal Needs to Make
The EPL officially starts on Saturday, and so far this summer, Arsenal has sold two of its starting XI and only made one purchase. Many Arsenal fans are complaining about the lack of involvement by the Gunners in the transfer market this summer. They can't really be blamed either, due to the lack of silverware for the last half decade.
The following slides are five moves Arsenal needs to make before the end of August.
1. Sell Philippe Senderos
Senderos has never really been happy at the Emirates. He left on a season-long loan to AC Milan last season and has been singing their praises ever since he returned.
Wenger showed that he wants to get rid of players that are not fully committed to Arsenal, Adebayor most recently, no matter how talented they are.
Senderos has been heavily linked to Everton the past few weeks, and he could probably fetch around 8 million pounds (9.4 million Euros).
2. Use a New Formation
Arsenal needs to continually use a 4-3-1-2 or 4-3-3 formation. There has been talk in the preseason of Wenger making a tactical change and using one of these two formations, but he actually needs to use them come EPL time. Here is what Wenger says about using the 4-3-3 in preseason:
"When you play with Arshavin you are never on your own, when you play with Theo Walcott you are never on your own, playing with strikers depends on the support you will get from the rest of the team. I wanted to see how it works because we have many offensive players and maybe we have to tighten up a bit in midfield to keep balance between offence and defence and I wanted to see how it works. I am quite happy with it."
3. Play Arshavin as a Forward
We've seen how much damage Arshavin can cause to opponents when he's played in the correct position (Liverpool anyone?). With the departure of Adebayor, he could move up and play striker. Unfortunately, with the recent injuries to Nasri and Rosicky, it looks like Arshavin will be a winger for the first part of the season.
4. Buy Brede Hangeland
Wenger needs for fork over 15 million pounds and buy Brede Hangeland. Wenger has made forty million pounds from the sale of Toure and Adebayor, so he has money to spend.
Thomas Vermaelen is a classy defender. Hangeland has the physical appearance. Together, these two could keep Arsenal from experiencing the same defensive woes as last year.
5. Buy David Villa
This move would silence the Arsenal fans that have been complaining that Wenger has not done anything to add true quality to the squad. Adding Europe's most natural finisher would make Arsenal true contenders for the Champions League Trophy and the EPL Title.
An offer of 40 million pounds (46.5 million Euros) would probably bring Villa to the Emirates. If Wenger spent this much, his net change of funds for the summer would be a loss of 7 million pounds (8.2 million Euros). That's the cost of one average player.
Imagine a front line of David Villa, Arshavin, and Van Persie paired with Fabregas, Rosicky, and Nasri at midfield and Clichy, Sagna, Vermaelen, and Hangeland on defense.