The crave for signings from all and sundry is not just for the sake of it. Many have seen what signing the right player(s) can do in transforming the fortunes of a club. It no doubt creates a competitive edge to any club.
But over time signing the right players have not always been the forte of Arsenal which brings to the fore the question in the lips of many fans:
Which players will Arsenal realistically sign to become winners again?
As is the practice at this time of the year, a lot of players are linked to the Arsenal, but the caliber of some of those linked have made many to question the veracity of such rumours.
Yet, the arrival of the much awaited financial power has opened a landscape of competing, little wonder the club went all out to flex it muscles with several bids for Gonzalo Higuain, Luis Suarez and Angel Di Maria last summer which at the end of the transfer window brought about the signing of Mezut Ozil.
However, this is another summer transfer window. What kind of players will the club seek this time around? Those they sought after last summer were clearly World Class players. Will they be doing same this time around? Are they going to settle for “Second Rate Players”?
For all the much talked about financial power, a caveat did come from Ivan Gazidis’ statement when he said that Arsene Wenger works with a budget. Which only means there is a limit to which the club can go in meeting certain transfer fees? We might not be seeing Ozil type transfer fees anytime soon.
With a defensive midfielder, a striker, a winger, a goalkeeper and a right back and with the be much publicized £100 million budget and with the talk that Arsenal usually factor in a budget to include both transfer fees and player wages. .
Already Mario Balotelli has been linked with a fee in the region of £27 million, this certainly falls within Arsenal’s budget and its a realistic target for the striker role.
Alexis Sanchez has also been linked. Now that Barca are rebuilding their team, a player not within it plans can leave in a reduced fee. With £25 million or less the Chilean winger can find it way to the Emirates without altering it budgetary plans.
On the right back is Serge Aurier. Valued at £6 million and for such a fee he looks a steal judging by his performance at the World Cup in Brazil. And that is well within Arsenal’s budget.
And the defensive midfielder is also a key. Should the club go again for Lars Bender, a player within a sum of £20 million or Morgan Schneiderlin of Southampton who will be a cheaper option. And he comes with thee needed Premier League experience.
The goalkeeper role will certainly be one that doesn’t demand a high transfer fee whoever it is.
It only means that if the club truly goes for it they can get it done as Jimmy Cliff said you can get it if you really want. Over to you Arsene Wenger and Ivan Gazidis.