With Arsenal's unfair but deserved loss against Barcelona, the transfer mill is in full swing with a supposed super signing on the way. While names like Hazard, Cahill and Matuidi are continually bandied about on various articles and sites, these are generally coming from speculation and in part fans believing the equation.
Superstar = Better Squad
Which is not strictly true, Andrei Arshavin may be the last superstar Wenger felt the urge to purchase, while he has continually divided the opinions, there is no doubt his record this season has been impressive. He has five goals and 11 assists in the league so far, and he has definitely been a factor in Arsenal's Premier League push for silverware this season.
Either way, Wenger is never one to go for massive names and a more obscure signing could possibly be on the cards. How many fans heard of Koscielny before he ended up at Ashburton? Not many, though I suspect more would've known a little more about Marouane Chamakh, who is another example of Wenger choosing a great deal, and we could turn our eyes on the players with only a year or so left on their contracts.
In my opinion, the transfer equation in Wenger's head looks a little like this.
Superstar = Arsenal - players sold +/- silverware won - youngsters
In simpler terms, I believe Wenger will only spend big if:
- We sell or lose players, Clichy is supposedly at crossroads
- We win silverware, there may be room for argument for no new faces
- We don't win any silverware, there will plenty of argument about who we need to sign
- We don't have any youngsters ready to be thrown into the first team
So if we lose a key player, win nothing and have no youngsters ready, then and only then will Wenger, probably, loosen his purse strings.
The last line in particular is something I'm going to be writing about, if the title hasn't already revealed my intentions. Jack Wilshere was literally thrown into the Arsenal first team and has played in all four competitions at the highest level, he certainly has not disappointed, so Wenger may be eager to repeat the process as our ever talented academy continues to spew exciting youngsters.
So before we can even think about which superstar we are going to be linked to, which positions are in desperate need of reinforcing?