The fears were building initially that it might be like other summers due to the slow pace of the club’s transfer dealings when other rivals were strengthening their squad. However, despite the fact nothing has been confirmed the flames are already building up with the news that Alexis Sanchez and Mathieu Debuchy will be confirmed as Arsenal’s first signings of the summer. The fact is, is only July and the transfer activities are already in overdrive, means that, there is something of a change of direction from the club, something that has not been said of the club’s hierarchy for some time.
However, underneath the excitement of the impending signings of these players, particularly Alexis Sanchez, there is still an underlining feeling that there is still enough work to be done in other areas of the team. Last season, the excitement of Mesut Ozil’s signing clouded the other weaknesses that were obvious even to less ardent football follower.
While the battle for the signings of the Barcelona attacker and French defender might have been won, there are still wars to be fought in others in squad which are in the defence, holding midfield and a goalkeeper. No successful club rest on its laurels, the intention is always to build on what is already on ground. What is apparent from the deals from the club so far is that, there seem to be clear plan to get the business nice and early especially against the backdrop of what has happened in the past.
The question then is; will the signing of Alexis Sanchez prevent the signing of another striker? It would be of importance if the club can bring in another striker. The Chilean can both play across the attacking third, which creates room for another out and out striker to be added to the squad. The position of the holding midfielder is as important as the striker’s position as a team cannot harm it opponent without the ball. The midfielder should come with a retinue of height as it will balance up the team when Alexis Sanchez leads the line for the club.
The importance of these signings coming in early cannot be overstated as it means they can participate seamlessly in pre-season training after their break from their World Cup participation. It means that for a while, the club will have the opportunity of bedding in key signings into the team’s style of play. Something Mesut Ozil missed last summer when he arrived on transfer deadline day and had to carry out his medicals in the German national team camp, and did not appear at the club until two weeks after his signing because of international commitments. That the club is trying to prevent such scenario this time around bolds well for the club, but they can always do more by bringing the improvement in other parts of the squad so that the club can go to the next level in competing for trophies.