The signing of Lukas Podolski from Koln before the season had even finished accompanied by the acquisition of Olivier Giroud from Montpellier can be seen as a step in the right direction for Arsenal.
Compare what has happened so far to the events of last summer, where the ongoing transfer sagas of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, as well as three late moves on the final day of the transfer window saw the worst start to a domestic campaign the Gunners had experienced under Arsene Wenger in his 16 year reign.
So is this early business a sign the Frenchman has learnt his lesson? Determined to finally bring an end to the 7 year trophy drought which haunts his team, a better pre-season with big signings already implemented should put Arsenal in good stead when the curtain opens on the new Premier League season on 18th August. Many Arsenal fans have believed that action has been needed for some time, and it seems Wenger is finally prevailing.
These moves could also serve to suggest Wenger and co are willing to loosen the strings of the Arsenal purse, with £24 million being spent before the squad is even back together for pre-season training. As something else that is unfamiliar to Arsenal fans, the funds available to their manager finally appear to have been raided.
These two signings provide Arsenal with extra depth, as well as improving competition for places in the starting eleven. The Gunners have their strengths, the depths of which have been bought into question on numerous occasions, something a busy summer can improve. It looks like the busy summer is underway, and further acquisitions are set to include defensive midfielder Yann M’Villa from Rennes, as he is next on the list and close to moving to the Emirates.
One problem still remains unsolved though. Previous transfer windows have been littered with talk of Arsenal’s key players leaving, with speculation becoming elongated and tiresome for fans. These sagas have not served well for Arsenal and to solve the Van Persie situation early in addition to the completed two signings will take a weight off Mr Wenger’s shoulders, making the arrival of Lukas Podolski represent healthy competition rather than a pressured replacement for the Dutchman.
Things are being done differently so far at the Emirates this summer, but the need for this to be maintained and not peter out is pivotal. Otherwise this just becomes yet another blind cry of optimism regarding the Gunners’ fate; something fans of the Arsenal are all too familiar with.