Build up to the Summer Transfer Window-Arsenal

Posted: April 15, 2011 in English Premier League
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Starting today we’ll be featuring teams from all over Europe and India, discussing their “ideal” transfer activities in the upcoming Summer Transfer window.

Kicking this feature off is Arsenal Football Club who have been under the microscope for the past few seasons due to their failure to perform under pressure and always fading at the last hurdle.


Arsenal Football Club is on track for their 6th trophy less season due to at times comical goalkeeping and the teams inability to perform under pressure. Although this season was a big improvement over the last, with the immense talent at their disposal the club should be ending this season on a high with at least one piece of silverware (Mathematically their still in the running for the title but at the moment it’s Manchester United’s to lose).  The primary reason for their failings this season is the lack of leadership and determination in the team. Compared to the “Invincibles” side of 2003-2004, the character of the current squad falls short by a considerable margin. A defence marshaled expertly by Sol Cambell, assisted by Lauren,  Kolo Toure and Ashley Cole and with Martin Keown in the wings to add experience, a midfield consisting of Viera, Ljunberg, Gilberto and Pires and the exceptionally talented duo of Bergkamp and Henry up front, this Arsenal Squad terrorised teams throughout the Premier League.

The Invincibles

A lack of local talent (with the exception of Wilshere) has probably lessened the desire and determination to win for Arsenal. English players provide you with a sense of passion which cannot be replaced by a foreign player. The obvious need for a competent Goalkeeper apart, Wenger should look at signing English talent to inject some passion into the squad.


Buying a world class goalkeeper is a top priority for Arsenal as every Championship winning team has a keeper they can depend on day in day out (Van Der Sar at Manchester United, Cesar at Inter, Casillas at Madrid). Szczęsny, while performing exceptionally in the games he has played, is still young and Wenger may consider loaning him to a fellow Premier League club to speed up his development.

Shay Given would be an ideal signing for the club as he is one of the best shot stoppers in the Premier League and is unlucky to be on the bench at Manchester City. Due to his obvious unhappiness at City, he shouldn’t cost above £7 million and would be a steal.

Shay Given

Hugo Lloris is undoubtedly one of the best young keepers in the world at the moment but his price tag (Above £20 million) might scupper the deal.

Other options available to Arsene Wenger include Carlos Kameni(Espanyol), Pepe Reina and David De Gea, with the latter two deals being unlikely due to their high price tags.


Gary Cahill

The lack of a leader in defence is apparent to everyone. The Gunners need a young center back who can dominate striker’s and compliment Vermaelen as his partner.

Gary Cahill (25) and Phil Jagielka (28) have been exceptional at the back for their respective clubs and will probably be targeted by a lot of big clubs this summer. However, due to the inflation in prices of British players, Arsenal may turn their attention to young European talent such as Mamadou Sakho (21) who has been linked with every major club this season.


While Wilshere and Fabregas are two of the best central midfielder’s around in the world today, asking Wilshere to protect the defence to accommodate Fabregas does not bring out the best in this team. Diaby, Denilson and Song although talented are not consistent in their performances.

Scott Parker

Scott Parker has been a revelation for West Ham United in the past 2 seasons and would be an excellent signing for the Gunners, providing steel to the midfield and enabling Wilshere and Fabregas to overrun the opposition’s midfield. An excellent distributor of the ball, strong tackler and an eye for the odd spectacular strike, Scott Parker would definitely improve the Arsenal midfield but his age (30) might act as a stumbling block.

Another option is the young French player Yann M’vila, who has been earning rave reviews from the critics for his performances this season. He will probably be an ideal signing for Wenger as he is only 20 and will be able to mould his game according to Wenger’s preference.

Keeping Fabregas from Barcelona’s clutches is also a priority for the club.

A striker shouldn’t be a priority for Arsenal as Van Persie, Chamakh, Walcott and Arshavin can trouble any defence in the world on their day.

Ideal Formation for next season:-

------------------------------------------- Van Persie----------------------------------------------

Keeping Fabregas a priority

Players to be sold:-

Diaby- Looks disinterested on the field

Almunia- It’s tough to pick out one reason…

Denilson- Surplus in a packed midfield

Let us know who you think Arsenal should sign!

NOTE:- We’d like to thank Anmol Chowdhry, a massive football enthusiast for writing this feature for us.


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