However, it has been reported that the Frenchman is set to splash out £30million in transfers this summer, but is this enough to turn Arsenal from pretenders into contenders?
Many expect Chelsea’s soon to be out of contract midfielder Joe Cole to arrive the Emirates following England’s World Cup campaign and reports suggest he could be paid £135k-a-week by the Gunners. With the £30m it is reported that Wenger will go in for Everton defender Phil Jagielka, Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer and Lorient defender Laurent Koscielny. But are these players enough for Arsenal to leapfrog both Manchester United and Chelsea to win the title?
I am unsure, whilst all of them are good player the fact that Cole is mooted to arrive on a lucrative deal suggests that Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas will be leaving for boyhood club Barcelona. Cole is a talented player and is adored by the Chelsea fans, but he has struggled to get back to his best since his injury problems and was deemed surplus to requirements by the west London club. He wouldn’t be an adequate replacement (should he leave) for Fabregas, who is a better player, but Wenger may get the best out of the England man if he plays him in a more preferred central role.
As for Fulham’s Schwarzer, he would certainly be a step up from the likes of Manuel Almunia and Lukasz Fabianski (but that’s not saying much) and he should come cheap as he has just a year left on his current deal, but he’s just a short term keeper surely? If Wenger wants to go for a veteran then he should go for Gianluigi Buffon, or go for a promising young goalkeeper like Hugo Lloris instead.
The defence is probably Le Prof’s most pressing concern is the Arsenal defence and although they did the right thing by offloading perennial whinger William Gallas and his ridiculous wage demands it has left them a little short in that area. Last season the Arsenal defence conceded 41 goals in the Premier League, which was considerably more than title rivals Chelsea (32) and Manchester United (28).
So, Toffees’ defender Jagielka could prove to be a wise signing if Wenger could get him at the right price. Arsenal fans will also be hoping that Johan Djourou will make the step up in the coming season after recovering from his injury problems as they would still need the depth in that position to cover injuries.
In another attempt to add more defensive steel and depth with 24-year-old defender Koscielny may be added. I do not know a whole lot about the player but from what I have heard he is a centre-back who can also play at fullback and like current Arsenal man Thomas Vermaelen he may have a few goals in him also.
Transfers such as these would definitely make Arsenal stronger, but they will need more in my opinion to catch up to their rivals who regressed over this past season themselves and are expected to use this summer to strengthen and come back stronger. Chelsea in particular are looking to inject youth into their side as well as adding some star quality in an attempt to help them win the Champions League, which they have come so close to, but has eluded them on several occasions.
Even if the £30million is not enough this time around it could be argued that it is a positive step and the club have so far done tremendously well with what they do have after a decade of being financially constrained by their move from Highbury to the Emirates stadium.
Do Arsenal fans think the aforementioned players will be enough to bring them success, or do you think they could do better?