WTTGT Writer: James Guy
It has been a tough season for Arsenal, another trophyless one which has seen faith lost in the manager and players alike. As a result of this, Wenger has promised to be “busy” and invest substantial money into the team over the summer.
One player that has caught the manager’s eyes, is the young Belgian, Eden Hazard. Allegedly Hazard is keen on a move to Arsenal, believing it will be easier to break into the first-team than at a team like Real Madrid. Hazard’s “dream to play for a big club” has been responded to by Wenger who said “let us try to make his dream come true.”
Where does he fit?
At the present time we have Nasri, Walcott, Vela, Miyachi, Emmanuel-Thomas, Bendtner, Rosicky and Arshavin who occupy a similar role to Hazard. With reports of a £12m bid for Shakhtar’s Willian; an agreement with Southampton to sign Oxlade- Chamberlain and the seemingly imminent arrival of Gervinho, Hazard is by no means the only player to arrive this summer?
If Arsenal add these three attacking midfielders/wingers, we will have eleven players in the same position if nobody leaves.What are Wenger’s plans then for the attacking side of the team?
Realistically, we will loan out Miyachi and Emmanuel Thomas unless we sell the latter. Other transfers on the cards are those of Bendtner and Rosicky, with Arshavin and Vela to be retained for at least one more season each bar an offer we cannot refuse.
If we then say we have Gervinho, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Walcott, Nasri, Willian, Arshavin and Vela next season, then we will have seven players in this position.
Wenger is obviously wanting to acquire players who are capable of helping Arsenal win trophies now, not in a few years. Surely if he was serious in bidding for Hazard he would bid for him now. Lille’s owner has said that Gervinho and Hazard will not be sold during the same transfer window and if this is true and we are in extended talks with Gervinho, then does this mean Wenger is not even thinking of bidding for Hazard this year? Or is he thinking of a massive revamping of the squad which includes this acquisition this year?
This seems a bit out of character for Wenger based on dealings in recent years. But seems like what Arsenal need to compete in all fronts. Financial Fair Play comes into effect next year which is another reason Wenger has predicted this to be a “busy” summer. Surely he won’t want to miss out on the “next big thing,” like he did with Cristiano Ronaldo and Petr Cech before.
It is impossible to predict what Wenger is planning on doing this year, but surely he wouldn’t give such interest to a player he doesn’t intend on signing and using in the first team. Who knows what to expect from this make or break summer for both Wenger and the club, will he splash the cash for Hazard? Or be content with alternative players fulfilling Hazard’s role.