Ugh, we are at it again. And the transfer window started off so well for us. While our rivals are busy buying new & top class players at an attempt to strengthen their squad, Arsenal seems to be stuck in the same old rut of “wait and watch” despite a lot of rumours floating around about players the club has contacted or bid for. Yes we brought in seasoned top class goalie Petr Cech from Chelsea and while he is a cut above the last few goalkeepers we have had in recent years, other signings have failed to materialize. Players we have been heavily linked with have either signed or in the process of signing with another club or are staying on in their current club.
Getting a striker, a steady prolific top class striker who can get us 20-15 goals on a regular basis, has been an agenda from the end of the last season. The north London outfit have been linked with moves for Karim Benzema, Alexandre Lacazette, Edin Dzeko and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Benzema seems to be the main target and new Real Madrid coach Rafa Benitez could still be willing to listen to offers. It is understood the Real manager is desperate to sign Marco Reus and he will let the Frenchaman go if it means securing his top summer transfer target. But 22 days into the summer transfer window and we have yet to see anything solid come up other than the transfer of Cech. And if you really look into it, Cech opted to come to Arsenal because he was no longer the #1 option in Chelsea and after staying loyal to the club for 11 years, Chelsea owner Roman Abrahimovich rewarded Cech with the option to move anywhere, even a rival. Arsenal seemed like the best fit for Cech as his family is settled in London and he didn’t want to uproot them.
Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Man City have been identifying and signing the players that they need which also includes players that Arsenal were linked with. Not that Arsenal has a weak side but we do need shoring up. I think other than the striker we also need a DM and, although we haven’t been linked with one yet, we need a strong CB as I am not too sure about Koz & Per over the long run.