After a long period of constant speculation of the futures of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, Arsenal fans were finally given some reassurance as Arsene Wenger completed Arsenal's first summer signing with the news Ivorian striker Gervinho has joined the Gunners from French champions OSC Lille for £10.5 million.
The 25-year-old had been strongly linked with a move to the Emirates and had expressed a huge desire to join the North London giants. After a stellar season with Lille as they achieved their first Ligue 1 crown in 57 years and the Coupe de France, Gervinho was integral, amassing 43 appearances, 18 goals and 10 assists.
The Gunners need to have a strong summer particularly in the transfer market as the need for success has greatly intensified at the Emirates. After a horrific demise in the latter half of the 2010/2011 campaign, Arsenal's season unravelled and they concluded the season without silverware for the sixth successive season.
Wenger has been granted an increased transfer budget but so far, the Frenchman has been unable to implement the necessary changes fans were desiring. As previously highlighted, this summer for Arsenal has been mostly surrounding the uncertain futures of captain Cesc Fabregas and key playmaker Samir Nasri and the £7 million departure of veteran left-back Gael Clichy to Manchester City.
Although Nasri appears likely to continue in red and white for 2011/2012, Fabregas is on the verge of completing his inevitable £35 million move to Barcelona. If Arsenal are to pose as genuine title threats in 2011/2012 and sufficiently attempt to eradicate their trophy drought, Wenger needs to sign and sell before the season commences.
The Frenchman has stated changes will occur but still little is yet to materialize. Nonetheless, Bleacher Report establishes the final transfers Wenger needs to make for success in 2011/2012.