There’s been a lot of talk already this season about Arsene Wenger’s £35m transfer war-chest. The top-brass have confirmed that they are willing and able to support the Frenchman, should he opt to make some new additions to the squad this January.
This, to me, is rather revealing. Despite the fact that Arsenal have started the season rather well, there is still a rather large focus on what January can offer. In other words, there are still some clear weaknesses within the Gunner’s squad and fans and pundits alike can see them.
Although the likes of Santi Cazorla and Lukas Podolski have settled in nicely, they aren’t playing with the same level of confidence or ability as the likes of Chelsea, or even Manchester City. So let’s hope that Arsene Wenger is ready and willing to spend some of that £35m when the transfer window reopens.
According to Emirates 24/7, the Gunners have already lined up two potential targets. Best of all, they’re both big names and players who could improve the squad.
The first player is Everton’s imposing Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini. The second is Athletic Bilbao’s Fernando Llorente, a talented and tenacious forward.
Now it’s clear, that even with £35m to spend, the Gunners simply cannot afford to pick up both players. It may be that Arsene Wenger is forced to choose between the two.
As talented as Fellaini is, I think he’d be my second choice. At 24-years-old, he seems to have come on leaps and bounds this season and may well be entering the peak stage of his career. Indeed, he’s been at the heart of everything that Everton are doing well this season. He’s powerful, technically astute and he loves to get forward. The trouble is, Arsenal are pretty well covered across the midfield.
With Mikel Arteta, Santi Cazorla and Abou Diaby holding down positions in the centre of the park (and Jack Wilshere soon to return) it’s not really a priority that Arsene Wenger seeks to address this area.
Arsenal are in dire need of another out-and-out striker, however. Experiments with Gervinho and Olivier Giroud have concocted mixed results and the Gunners need a long-term replacement for Robin Van Persie. Llorente, a man who destroyed Manchester United over two legs last season, may be just the man.
He’s as good along the ground as he is in the air, he’s not afraid to compete with defenders (in that sense, I’m sure he’d fit in nicely in the Premier League) and he knows where the back of the net is (unlike, say, Olivier Giroud). He’d be an excellent addition – and a better judged one than Fellaini.
What’s your take? Who would you have at the Emirates – Marouane Fellaini or Fernando Llorente?
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