Arsenal transfer business this summer has been different in more ways than one with pointers to how the transfer business has been conducted revealing that the club is building not just a strong first team, but a solid squad that can stand the rigours of a long season.
Already Alexis Sanchez is a huge improvement on the Arsenal first team. With the fact that he can add something that was missing in Arsenal’s attack, a la pace, power, energy and hard work. And Mathieu Debuchy comes with a reputation of a player who has nous for adding something to the attacking third as well as the ability to cover the last defender. That is on the first team, on the squad, the signing of the David Ospina from Nice means the club now has two international goalkeepers who would challenge for the first spot this coming season, and that can only be a good thing for the team.
An area that has however being an albatross for the team for years is the holding midfield position. And Sami Khedira(27) of Real Madrid, Morgan Schneiderlin (24) of Southampton, William Carvalho (22) of Sporting Lisbon, and Lars Bender (25) of Bayer Leverkusen has all been linked to the club this summer.
And should the club go ahead to address this part of the team with any of these players that have been linked, it means the first team would have been further improved with a young and dynamic midfielder which would make Mikel Arteta (32) and Mathieu Flamini (30) to become squad players, which means they can come into the first eleven without diminishing the quality of the team.
The first eleven would look like this with the confirmed signings and players that have been linked as well as factoring in likely departures.
(New Holding Midfielder)
In another line up, the team could also look this way
This without adding Joel Campbell, Mathieu Flamini, Hector Bellerin, Serge Gnabry and Yaya Sanogo to the mix which makes for a good first eleven and huge squad.
On the squad, the likely signing of Calum Chambers throws up some interesting permutations. Whether Arsene Wenger intends to use him as centre half or as right back.
What is clear though is that the first team of the squad would be remarkably improved. But three areas of the squad are still in need of improvement to make both the first eleven and squad much better, with centre half, holding midfield and a striker. Players like Matija of Nastastic Manchester City or Chris Smalling as a swap for Thomas Vermaelen if he joins Manchester United.
In the end, the first eleven looks very different already from last season, and the refreshment of the team especially the injection of pace would serve the team well this season.
Edit: Forgot to add Wilshere which is further proving of the kind of squad we will have next season. Wilshere in my opinion will have to make do with coming from the bench next season.