Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Hull City at the weekend will have done little to deflect fan’s attentions away from some of the major issues prevalent within their attack.
The Gunners are still adapting to having two major new additions to their attacking unit (Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez) and their defense is more or less in a state of disarray. Whilst Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez have been scoring goals on a regular basis, Arsenal’s overall attacking play hasn’t been at its free-flowing best this season.
There’s been far too many passes going astray and The Gunners aren’t the counter-attacking unit that they used to be. Arsene Wenger can’t be all that happy with how things have proceeded thus far this season.
Still, The Professor needs to take his fair share of the blame for the state of his defense. He let go of both Thomas Vermaelen and Bacary Sagna in the summer but failed to do enough to replace them. I’m sure that this is something he’ll look to rectify during the January transfer window.
This brings me to the Arsenal Supporters’ Trust claims that The Gunners should have a £42m transfer kitty available to them during the January transfer market – that’s £12m more than club officials had previously reported. (Source: The Metro)
Whether this is true or not remains to be seen, but it’s certainly clear that Arsenal have some money to spend this January. This begs the question: who should The Gunners snap up when the transfer window reopens?
I’d argue that Arsenal’s two main priorities should be a centre-back and a defensive midfielder. This should give them the solidarity at the back that they desperately need.
And if I were Arsene Wenger, I’d consider making a move for two contract rebels: Aston Villa’s star centre-back Ron Vlaar and Real Madrid’s German defensive midfielder, Sami Khedira.
Both player’s current contracts will expire at the end of the season when they’ll be available as a free transfer. If The Gunners make their move during the January transfer window, they may be able to sign them both on the cheap.
The January transfer window isn’t typically a good time to snap up the best players, but in this case, it looks like The Gunners could still end up trumps. Let’s just hope that Arsene Wenger plays his cards right.
What’s your take? Should Arsenal spend their £42m on Ron Vlaar and Sami Khedira?
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