Mikel Arteta, 29, and Yossi Benayoun, 31, are of course both well known for their exploits in the Premier League. Both players in an attacking sense give Arsenal a well-rounded midfield, with Arteta likely to play similar to that of Fabregas played, in a more midfield dictator role.
Arteta has signed a four-year contract and has clearly been seen to take over from Fabregas at the heart of the Gunners midfield.
The capture of Benayoun on a one-year long deal from Chelsea has been seen as negative by some Gunners fans. The talented Israeli brings creativity and flair with his experience, and will provide backup for a number of positions across midfield in an attacking sense.
Both players experience of the Premier League will be vital to an otherwise young Gunners team looking to rebuild after losing key personalities in the dressing room.
The acquisition of 26 year-old Park Chu-Young is an interesting one, with the player seen as more of a creator of goals than a prolific scorer of them by many of his admirers. Park has been given the number 9 shirt, and will look to continue the good form of Koreans in the Premier League.
Park, who scored 25 goals in 91 Ligue 1 games for Monaco, made his Korea Republic debut aged 19 and played at both the 2006 and 2010 World Cups.
He succeeds Park Ji-Sung as captain of his country earlier this year after the latter’s international retirement.
“I am very honoured and I feel very happy to be at Arsenal,” Park told www.arsenal.com.
While Wenger no doubt did thorough scouting on the technically gifted Korean, he only averaged around a goal every four games for Monaco. Arsenal need a 20 plus goal a season forward, which they have been unable to find since the departure of former Gunner Thierry Henry.
The Gunners have also filled the left defensive position vacated by Gael Clichy, with the signing of 28 year-old Andre Santos from Turkish Super-lig champion Fenerbahce. The Brazilian international brings more experience to the backline, as well as some “samba” flair. Well known in for his fancy footwork and great left foot, he defends well and attacks even better. He will no doubt make the position his own.
Arsene Wenger has, in this writer’s opinion, brought together a group of players who will bring much needed experience to a youthful team, though may still lack a prolific goal-poaching forward. I want to be proven wrong.
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