Wenger’s pressing matter this summer is not to obtain players in the final third, instead the Frenchman’s main objective should be to strengthen and bolster up his back-line for next season’s campaign.
A number of Arsenal fans will want to see their manager concentrate more on acquiring defenders rather than attacking players this summer. The Arsenal boss is possibly facing the prospect of losing up to four players in this department when the window re-opens in July.
The club already obtain a number of options in their midfield and attack, yet Wenger seems to be deluded in what is transpiring in his team’s back-line. The North London club look set to lose William Gallas, Philippe Senderos, Mikael Silvestre and perhaps even Sol Campbell in the transfer market this summer, unquestionably this should be Wenger’s main focus in many fans eyes.
Wenger will not meet Gallas’ extravagant wage demands, whilst Senderos looks set to depart after falling out of favour with the boss in recent years. Silvestre looks to be on his last legs and faces the possibility of being released, and Campbell has not yet signed the deal that has been put on the table by Wenger. If all these players leave the Emirates this summer, then Arsenal will be left one recognizable defender, Thomas Vermaelen.
Wenger has been searching for a defender, and the club are heavily linked with Lorient’s Laurent Koscielny. However, is the 24-year-old French centre-back the right man to shore up the Arsenal defence? Or should Wenger look to acquire a more dominant and established defender during the summer window?
Granted, Arsenal needed to buy a striker (due to a number of injuries sustained this season) and Wenger did this by signing Marouane Chamakh from Bordeaux a few weeks ago. Wenger has also been strongly linked with Chelsea’s want-away midfielder Joe Cole. It would be a great attainment if the club can pull it off and the player (Joe Cole) will certainly be welcomed with open arms by a majority (if not all) the Arsenal fans.
However, looking through the team’s statistic this season, Arsenal have had no problem finding the net. In fact, the core problem has been keeping goals out this year. The Gunners managed to score 83 times, both home and away this season, yet they conceded 41 goals in 38 games. It may not look that bad to some of the fans, however, take into consideration that Wenger’s defence conceded more than Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Aston Villa and were even level with fierce rivals Tottenham…a cause for concern?
The manner of which the defence performed in certain matches cried out to many fans that their club need to bulk up this area this summer, whether Wenger does this is up to him. With out a doubt, it’s great to see Wenger obtain creative attacking players, as he is renowned for specialising in this and loves to see the game played in a beautiful manner, but there comes a time that the manager must focus solely on his defence and appears the time has now come Mr Wenger.
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