Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Arsenal’s Business Well Done, A Few More to Come?

Arsenal has uncharacteristically done so much of business so early this summer that with three weeks left in the window the question hovering around Arsenal is not that of a common one: who are Arsene Wenger going to sign?
But for this season, it has been transformed into: will Wenger bring in more? If Arsene Wenger’s words are anything to go by, then the answer is ‘yes’ surely.
“Who’s next [to sign for Arsenal]? I don’t know. There could still be one signing. Just the one, maybe two maximum,” said Arsene Wenger recently when asked about any possible new recruit.
So far, Arsenal has spent 60 million pound and Wenger’s transfer kitty still has a significant portion untouched, after making 4 new signings including Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, France international Mathieu Debuchy, Southampton academy graduate Calum Chambers and Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina. 
All of them are pretty much exciting signings. More importantly, no major player has yet left Arsenal this summer, something which became more or less a trend in the recent seasons at the Emirates.  
Speculation, however, is rife that club captain Thomas Vermaelen is not going to extend his current deal with Arsenal expiring next summer, signaling his looming departure with Manchester United, Barcelona and Napoli showing interests in the 12 million pound-rated Belgium international.
Wenger had earlier said that if Vermaelen left, he would have to bring in someone to replace him even though the former Ajax star is not the first choice center-back now.
The Arsenal boss has reportedly identified Germany international Mats Hummels as a possible replacement in what would be a real coup after the Borussia Dortmund defender’s exquisite display during this year’s world cup in Brazil.
However, a central defender does not feature prominently in Arsenal’s almost-done transfer wish list. Rather, the Frenchman intends to bring a robust central midfielder to add some much-needed steel in his midfield with Arteta and Flamini aging and often falling exposed.
Sami Khedira and William Carvalho have been strongly linked with a move to the Emirates almost throughout the summer with both men believed to be leading Wenger’s targets for central midfield.
There are some who are suggesting that Arsenal should buy an out-and-out striker who can compete with Olivier Giroud who shouldered Arsenal’s goal-scoring burden to a large extent last season. Wenger has, however, already indicated that he has no intention to sign another striker after the acquisition of Chilean Sanchez, not least following Sanogo’s 4-goal haul against Benfica in the Emirates Cup and a vibrant arrival of Costa Rica striker Joel Campbell in the same tournament.
Meanwhile, Arsenal is experiencing an e-commerce boost after the summer unveiling of the club’s new Puma Kits which are available for sale here at Arsenal Store