Alexis Sanchez. Mathieu Débuchy. David Ospina. Calum Chambers. Danny Welbeck. And people still brand this transfer window as terrible.
I get the point that we should have added a defender in order to complete the unit, is that enough to label Arsène Wenger’s job as horrible?
I don’t know what you think about it but I haven’t experienced such an intense and exciting transfer session for ages.
I do believe that unveiling Alexis Sanchez and Mathieu Débuchy later than what has been done could have lifted spirits among us Gooners; the excitement has long gone since both deals were announced at very early stages but this shouldn’t make us lose correct perspective.
In my humble opinion, Arsène Wenger brought in players who should be seen as upgrades and not simply as replacements.
David Ospina is far a better goalkeeper than Lukasz Fabianski. The Colombian is younger, proven at a higher level and will provide real competition to Wojciech Szczesny, something Lukasz Fabianski has never been able to do; same goes for Mathieu Débuchy, who is younger than Bacary Sagna but as powerful and reliable as the former Gunner. It’s no coincidence Mathieu Débuchy was keeping Bacary Sagna out of France national team, as much as I loved Bacary Sagna, our new right-back looks very good.
Then come Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck.
The Chilean has just scored his first two goals for the club, looks like a real fighter with great skills and speed – which was something we really lack towards the end of last season; he can play both centrally or wide, can run tirelessly for hours and become the ideal outlet for Mesut Özil, Santi Cazorla and other midfielders to slip balls through any opponent’s defensive line.
The England international, latest in time to join the Gunners, could finally flourish at the Arsenal and fulfill the talent he obviously has. The guy has speed and power, can move across the offensive line and score those goals we are currently missing due to Olivier Giroud’s injury and Yaya Sanogo’s poor form.
He might not be a big name but he could prove to be a real bargain at £ 16m.
Same applies to Calum Chambers, arrived as a back-up right-back and mainly deployed as centre-back, with excellent results. At just 19 years of age, the Englishman looks as composed, strong and focused as a veteran and will provide vital cover for both Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny.
Is he worse than Thomas Vermaelen during the last two seasons? I don’t think so.
As I said, we should have bought an additional defender in order to have a better cover at the back but is this enough to brand this transfers windows as terrible?
Hector Bellerín and Isaac Hayden might need to be involved more often with the first-team during the next four months, is that much of a nightmare?
Mikel Arteta will be back after the international break and take his place in front of back-four, Mathieu Flamini will step in when needed and we also have Calum Chambers (plus Francis Coquelin) who can play there, was a defensive midfielder that much a priority? We will need to replace Mikel Arteta at some point but we are not so desperate at the moment.
Smile Gunners, Arsène Wenger invested some £ 80m in this window and strengthened every position with some wise deals. He brought in a big name for the second consecutive summer and he proved he is willing to that again, if the opportunity pops-up.
That was hard to imagine a couple of years ago.
Let’s cheers on what we got, it’s not that bad after all.
Thirty-something Italian, currently in Switzerland. Gooner since mid-ninties, when the Gunners defeated my hometown team, in Copenhagen. Twelve years ago I started my own blog (www.clockenditalia.com) after after some experiences with Italian websites and football magazines. Debate, don’t insult or you’re out.