In what is becoming almost a daily occurrence, Arsenal have been rumoured once again to be interested in signing a striker, this time Ousmane Drame from Serie ‘B’ side Padova Calcio. The 19 year-old is of Senegalese decent but was raised in France, and has scored one goal in three games this season.
After having been reported as preparing bids for the likes of Kaka and Van Der Vaart in the past week, it is reassuring that Wenger feels composed enough to maintain his transfer policy of signing relatively unknown players before experience or popularity. Of course, many Gooners would disagree with this but the fact that his dignity remains intact in terms of trusting his instincts is surely a positive to take.
Wenger has been linked with a move for Barcelona left-back Maxwell today, despite at least two being at the club already. If this were to materialise, it would certainly be a panic buy. Dramé, on the other hand, is a typical Wenger signing.
It is odd, though, how despite admitting that his back-line simply isn’t working well enough, there have been far more attackers linked to the club than defenders. Despite signing three potential goalscorers in the summer in Ryo, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Gervinho, why does he need any more? Even if we were to sell Chamakh, Arshavin and Bendtner on a permanent basis, we would still have a decent set of six strikers, including the untested Park Chu-Young.
It’s good to see Wenger looking to improve but is adding yet more strikers really the way to do this?