So far this summer, Arsenal have been linked with a host of potential talent, as transfer gossip columns remain rife with stories regarding every team in the Premier League and beyond. Having already signed Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud in the hope of strengthening attacking wise, whether or not the remaining transfer speculation will come to fruition is yet to be seen. There is however, a clear pattern, as Arsene Wenger looks to further strengthen his team’s ruthlessness going forward.

But in recent seasons, their wait for a trophy has been prolonged due to sloppy defensive displays and it is no secret that many Gunners’ fans have been anxious about defensive strengthening. Having conceded 44 goals last season, the worry is that without any further signings to add to the Arsenal back four, a similar figure will be conceded in the upcoming season, which will inevitably hinder their chances of success once again as they look to end their seven-year wait for a trophy.

Whilst many will be hopeful of fantastically entertaining matches, where the Gunners simply try and outscore their opponents, other teams will not carry the same levels of naivety and will all make the necessary changes across the pitch to achieve their best this season. A top heavy team may make for some intense football at the Emirates this season, but to end their daunting trophy drought the Gunners will need to add strength in depth in all areas of the pitch as their rivals continue to do so.

The rejuvenation of the Arsenal attack also leaves their midfield exposed, as Arsene Wenger has denied turning to the transfer market to buy a midfield enforcer. The optimism remains that Abou Diaby will stay fit, meaning Yan M’Vila is no longer linked with a move to North London. Diaby is all too injury prone, and the midfield as a whole fell victim to plenty of injuries at times last season. Remaining optimistic that fate will not repeat itself and choosing not to invest is a bold move, but does suggest an air of naivety that may prove costly.

Of the transfers that have already taken place at Arsenal, Olivier Giroud adds the kind of physicality that many believe has been missing from the Gunners’ setup. But without that added physical strength across the team, they may well find themselves falling into the same trap they have felt before; losing out to more physical sides in the division, such as Stoke, Newcastle or West Ham as they have done in the past.

Strengthening did need to take place in Arsenal’s attacking line, but the concentration on just that part of the team could prove costly and see Arsenal slump to another season without a trophy. With defensive frailties not being ironed out and midfield cover not catered for, the remainder of the summer transfer window needs to see Arsene Wenger invest in more strength in depth across all areas of the squad.

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  • John
    2 years ago

    Give Wenger a call, clearly you know a lot more about football than he.

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  • LOL
    2 years ago

    Give Wenger a call, clearly you know a lot more about football than he.

    Reply
  • Patrick
    2 years ago

    Give Wenger a call, clearly you know a lot more about football than he.

    Reply
  • Prof Oskie
    2 years ago

    Simple reason why Steve Bould’s is now assistant. Defense reform. Sometimes its not about changing personnel, its about switching Modus Operandi.

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  • Okonkwoanthony
    2 years ago

    I want arsenal 2 sign sahko

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  • Roman
    2 years ago

    Give Wenger a call, clearly you know a lot more about football than he.

    Reply
  • kevin arsenal
    2 years ago

    i think ur wrong.1st we av laurent who has proven 2 b a pretty good defender not 4getin mertesecker and vermaleen.nd it bothers me how guys are overlookin alex song who last seasn proved he cn play very well as a DMF and wilshere is on his way back nat to mention couqlin who is also a rather good midfielder.2ru gunners should nat worry 2 much coz if we made it 2 no.3 last season with a lesser squad plagued with injury nd jst 1 world class striker imagine what will happen this season with the current new additions.

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  • jlab
    2 years ago

    for Arsenal to even try to compete with the likes of city,utd & Chelsea wenger need to stop arsing about & strengthen our squad. Great we’ve added to our attack which is good but now the focus needs to be firmly switched to finding a quality midfield general like m.villa to play alongside song & a beast of a central defender like a sakho or a richards. Come on Wenger get yr finger out yr arse & do something constructive not continue on this distructive path with my team. The signings U make show ambition & to be fair U haven’t show any sort of that in the past 4-5 years causing our top quality players to leave chasing their personal ambitions elsewhere & I can’t blame any of them for leaving from Henry,Ashley cole to toure & adye, nasri to fabo now to van persie which in turn has got the younger stars like Walcott already considering their futures at the club, this has to stop & stop now, forget building for the future we want no NEED success NOW

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    • hak zah
      2 years ago

      jlab !! absolute moron..clueless and rather faked assessment..how old are you?!

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    • gumbo
      2 years ago

      I agree with you. Hak zah you seem like a moron what exactly is your assessment then would love to know?

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  • gumbo
    2 years ago

    Don’t agree with the destruction part of your comment the boss only has arsenals best interest at heart! Just hasn’t really helped himself believing in players like bendtner and chamakh when we obviously needed more quality. Think he is now fully aware. Arsene knows. (eventually)

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  • wez
    2 years ago

    what i dont get is we are finally signing quality players and splashing the cash which fans have been asking for and fas are still moaning, and the defensive signings will come all in good time, just be patient, u can only do 1 signin at a time, also apparently sahin is in london gettin ready to have his medical, if true what an amazing team we goin to have next season

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