Arsenal To Sign A Winger And A Defender – Arsene Wenger’s Ideal Transfer Window Explored
The Gunners have lost out on the title race for sure due to an inconsistent run of form, but have managed to reach the semi-finals of the EFL Cup and the round of 32 in UEFA Europa League. Right from the beginning of the term, there was much speculation about the transfers of Mesut Ozil, Theo Walcott and most prominently, Alexis Sanchez, who for the type of talent he is, didn’t want to be a part of a side that failed to qualify for the Champions League.
Arsene Wenger’s transfer business has never been a Gooner’s favourite. His bids are often too safe and he is quite a miser at times. They struggled to add faces in the summer despite knowing the fact that the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool added heavyweights and good talents to their ordnance depot.
While they managed to bring in Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac, Arsene and his management failed in many other departments. As a result, Koscielny and co. have never got going in the league on a steady basis.
After bagging impressive points against teams like Spurs and Chelsea, they have dropped points against West Ham, Southampton and Watford, teams that could have been thrashed by a side of Arsenal’s quality. When they play their triangular passing and free-flowing game, they are beautiful to watch but otherwise, the North London club has depended heavily on Sanchez, Ozil and the heroics of Giroud, to move the ball around in midfield and apply the killer instinct.
Let’s try to analyse how Arsenal can finish in the top four with the help of January Transfer window.
A replacement for Alexis Sanchez is a must. If not in January, the Chilean will surely leave in the summer. He hasn’t been firing in every game like he would do before and has expressed his frustration many a time on the football pitch this season. Thomas Lemar is one man on the hot list for Wenger to replace Alexis.
Mesut Ozil too has not signed a new contract and could be on his way to Manchester United and one stellar signing as a replacement for him could be another German, Max Meyer. He has a sharp vision, footballing mind and eases his way past defenders. Another massive prospect is Amin Younes, who is in the form of his life and just the kind of player Arsenal fans would love to have.
Next, let’s move on to defence. The Gunners desperately need an able, formidable centre-back. They are sometimes out of options and are forced to play tired defenders. Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny haven’t completely been error-free either. Jose Gimenez is strong, well built and solid at the back, a type of defender Arsenal have been craving for in recent years.
Lastly, a backup striker is needed too. Giroud has been pivotal in grabbing points late on but isn’t happy, as he truly deserves to get more time on the pitch. Mark Uth of Hoffenheim could be a decent addition to their ranks as a second choice.