Arsenal Transfer Options

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Arsenal Transfer Options
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After an eventful start to the summer transfer window for Arsenal that has seen Marouane Chamakh brought in on a free, and team captain Cesc Fàbregas constantly being linked with a high priced transfer to Barcelona. Not to mention the need for team strengthening, Arsenal have many personal issues that they need to look at.

Many players have been linked with the club over the past few months in all positions. Names that have kept coming up over and over in those months have been the Fulham Goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer, the FC Lorient Centre Back Laurent Koscielny and out of contract Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole.

All of which would be good options for the North London Club.

Goalkeeper has over the past 2-3 seasons been the position that most concerns Arsenal fans. Mark Schwarzer, despite his age of 37, would be an excellent player to add to the team due to his experience and ability. He showed his worth last season at Fulham, where he put in many superb performances in the league and also on his clubs amazing run to the Europa League Final.

Schwarzer showed that he is a reliable, consistent goalkeeper in the Premier league and that he is a worthy transfer target of Arsene Wenger, who is looking to strengthen a problem area for Arsenal over the last few seasons.

It has been reported that a bid of £3 million would be enough to secure the services of Schwarzer with Fulham manager Roy Hodgson not standing in his way on moving to a bigger club.

Another problem for Arsenal Over the past few seasons has been the defense. Arsenal have been notorious for leaking goals in previous seasons, and now with William Gallas likely leaving the club in search of a deal with more money and more years than Arsenal have offered, a defender will be needed that can shore up the defence and also add height to a team noted for its lack of it.

Laurent Koscielny it seems is the player that Arsene Wenger and his coaching staff have choose. A recent bid of £8.3 million has reported to have been made and the player himself has expressed his desire for Lorient to accept the bid so that he can move to Arsenal. Other defensive players have been linked with the team in recent times such as Fulham Centre Back Brede Hangeland, along with Everton defender Phil Jagielka.

Although Jagielka would likely cost in the region of £15 million and it seems that Arsenal do not have enough funds to buy both players due to their needs in other areas, so it is likely that only one of these players would make the move to the Emirates Stadium.

With the future of Captain Cesc Fàbregas in doubt it will be hard for Arsenal to strengthen that area without knowing where he will be at the start of next season. If indeed Fàbregas leaves this summer he will need to be replaced as his creativity would be missed in the heart of the Arsenal team.

With Arsenal not having the funds to compete for players with teams like Chelsea, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona ect it is hard for them to buy a player that is the finished product. With Arsenal's reliance on youth in the past few seasons heavily criticised it seems that experience should be something that Arsene Wenger takes into account before making any moves.

With any money that the club receive from Barcelona for Fàbregas the options Arsenal have over choice of players increase. With Arsenal on a budget, certain players are out of their financial reach but with extra money the quality of potential recruits grows. With Goalkeeper and Defence main priority's the majority of the transfer budget will likely be going on those positions leaving little for improving the Midfield and Attack.

With many players being linked with Arsenal such as Mesut Ozil, Ibrahim Affelay, Yaya Toure, Gregory Van Der Wiel, Jan Vertonghen and Yoann Gourcuff. It is hard to imagine more than two or three of these players coming. Yaya Toure could possibly be part of a deal for


Gregory Van der Wiel and Jan Vertonghen would not be too expensive either. If Fàbregas is sold to Barcelona, Arsenal could look at a player exchange as even some of Barcelona's fringe players such as Alyaksandr Hleb and Rafael

Márquez would make a huge difference. While Alyaksandr Hleb was at Arsenal he was one of the best players in the team, but has not been given his chance by Barcelona and is currently on loan at Stuttgart. Rafael Márquez would also be a good acquisition as he is having a good World Cup with Mexico and he could potentially fill two positions of Arsenal's team that need strengthening, those being Centre Back and Defensive midfield.

Joe Cole could be an ideal signing for Arsenal as their would be no transfer fee to bring him to the club. Although he would demand high wages that may conflict with Arsenal's wage structure he would add quality and experience. He would also give Arsenal a genuine left sided midfielder as currently Andrei Arshavin is playing in that position.

By playing Joe Cole out wide on the left Arshavin could have more of a free role in the attack possibly supporting Robin Van Persie or more of a natural role on the right.

The thing Arsenal need most of all in their team is experience. The current team has shown over time that a lack of experience could derail a season when games get more pressure attached to them. That being a reason why Arsenal had such a poor record over Manchester United and Chelsea last season.

Arsenal also need to make sure that they have sufficient players in reserve as in the final months of last season players like Arshavin, Fàbregas, Clichy, Sagna, Gallas and Vermaelen were all out for large periods and their replacements were largely unconvincing. This was summed up by Arsenal's hugely disappointing defeat away to Wigan.

If Arsenal can make sure they have enough quality and experienced players in reserve while improving the starting line up the future should be bright for Arsenal.

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