After famously enduring a rather unproductive summer in which not a single outfield player was eventually signed at the Emirates, many initially expected the month of January to arrive in far more hectic fashion for Arsene Wenger and his Arsenal side.
Yet as Arsenal only managed to see the £5million capture of FC Basel’s Mohamed Elneny over the line this winter, however, such an outcome invariably failed to take place for the Emirates faithful.
It seems as if the Gunners will never likely define themselves as one of the biggest spenders in the Premier League any time soon, no matter how much certain sections of the Arsenal support would love such a transition to take place.
So with Arsene Wenger’s side currently in with a massive chance of finally bringing the Premier League title home to North London come the end of the current campaign – have Arsenal done enough to secure top-spot this January?
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Although the Gunners were admittedly linked with a whole host of varying talent across Europe in January, it seems very few genuine world class options were actually made available for Arsene Wenger, despite the endless stream of questionable stories that seemingly come part and parcel of the modern January transfer window.
In truth, Arsenal already possess a squad truly capable of taking the Premier League by storm. The likes of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez can win certain matches on the back of their own individual performances alone, and as several first team players are due to return from injury at the Emirates sooner rather than later, perhaps Arsenal just didn’t need to carry out much major transfer activity this January.
Arsene Wenger has never been known to spend big across the mid-season transfer period after all. His side have already witnessed a succession of different injury related concerns afflict the squad this season, but whilst such an unfortunate turn of events would usually signal the end of any meaningful title hopes for Arsenal in several seasons past, the Gunners have shown a great deal more grit and reliability throughout the current campaign thus far.
Although the Emirates faithful have often called for some added fire-power to aid the burden placed on Olivier Giroud up-top for Arsenal, as well as perhaps the need to acquire a well-established centre-back to come in and take over from Per Mertesacker at the Emirates, Arsenal simply aren’t operating in the same financial ball-park as some of their big spending Premier League counterparts.
Wenger’s side can therefore rarely be found spending purely for the sake of it. It may admittedly prove testing for some Gunners fans hoping to see several big name talents arrive at their club with every passing transfer window but in reality, it remains hard to imagine the North London club ever taking on such an ambitious approach.
And in the recent capture of Mohamed Elneny, who’s to say that Arsenal haven’t completed one of the shrewdest moves of the entire window? This is a player who looks like he’ll fit in right away at the Emirates. Elneny will likely give the current Gunners squad a nice little boost going in to the rest of the season, and could in-fact aid Frances Coquelin in the middle of the park for Arsenal once the no-nonsense Frenchman finally returns to first team action.
Arsene Wenger’s side may have failed to spend big yet again this January, but as Arsenal arguably didn’t need to go all out in the most recent transfer window, maybe the Gunners are already in strong enough shape to continue their fine domestic form throughout the remainder of the campaign.