Arsenal, 2011/12 – The turning point

WTTGT Writer: Wawrick Tuatara

Arsenal fans can finally breathe a large sigh of relief upon enduring a rocky, traumatic and turbulent summer and start to the season. They’ve lost Fabregas and Nasri, not to mention the embarrassing 8-2 defeat to Manchester United, but Wenger has dug deep in his pocket and pulled off four impressive deadline day coups!

Arsenal upon the closing of the transfer window can confirm the signings of Yossi Benayoun from local rivals, Chelsea, Mikel Arteta from Everton, Per’s Mertesacker from Werder Bremen, and finally, Brazilian full back, Andres Santos from Fenerbache.

The news of four good, quality signings, is one that falls nicely for Gunners, especially the signings of Mertesacker and Santos, as the Gunners have come in for harsh criticism as of late due to the low class defending being put on show.

Mertesacker is a renowned, hard hitting German defender, who has made numerous appearances for his country and he joins an Arsenal defence in need of some commanding guidance.

Andre Santos, the second deadline day signing, joins from Turkish outfit Fenerbache and can play either wing of defence. He is a speedy defender who can throw in a tackle or two, making him a great signing and a good replacement for Gael Clichy. 

The summer transfers of Nasri and Clichy to Manchester City and Cesc Fabgregas to Barcelona were big blows to Wenger’s squad, and with the injury and suspension list hitting eight, reinforcements were well and truly needed. 

Yossi Benayoun’s year-long-loan from rivals Chelsea sees Arsenal’s midfield options boosted. The Israeli international is more of an attacking player, whereas Arteta’s arrival will also offer more creative football for the Gunners.

Arteta made his name as one of the English league’s most brilliant midfielders for his consistently energetic and goal getting performances, just what arsenal need in midfield.

Is this the turning point in the Gunners’ early season with critics already writing Arsenal off only three games into the new season? Could the new blood be just what gets the Gunners back on track?

Four new additions, surprisingly not under the age of 23… good luck to the new boys and to Arsenal!


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One Response to Arsenal, 2011/12 – The turning point

  1. ButtFlaps September 1, 2011 at 8:40 am #

    Benayoun?! OMG! …wtf happened to Hazard. Wenger's just replaced a few outgoings, he needed to really increase the squad size …AISH!

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