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With the new season starting in three days Arsenal's most pressing needs in the transfer market are in their defence in my opinion. Thomas Vermaelen missed almost all of last season due to injury, and his presence was sorely missed by the team. If he can stay fit for this season he will be the mainstay of their defence, but the squad still needs strengthening at the back.
If a top class partner can be found to partner Vermaelen it should help Arsenal to overcome their defensive problems from last season, but that player has to be signed as soon as possible. Laurent Koscielny is currently the most likely candidate to take the role, but Arsenal also have Johan Djourou, Sebastien Squillaci and Ignasi Miquel to choose from. I think a top class central defender would not only improve the team, but he might also get the best out of the other players as they attempt to challenge for a place.
I worry that Arsenal will not sign the central defender they need, and they will probably struggle from set pieces yet again this season. As a fan of the club I will always support them, but I sometimes feel they do all they can to make my life a misery.
That's it for today.
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