Another January transfer window looks set to pass without any major arrivals at Arsenal but fans should not be surprised or frustrated with the lack of activity in North London – as Arsene Wenger made the right call.
Finally possessing a squad that holds a wealth of ability in depth, Arsenal’s team is one of the strongest in the league when fully fit and the returns of Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott will only increase the Gunners’ chances of success.
Welbeck and Walcott scored five goals between them in the FA Cup victory over Southampton at the weekend and the pair give Arsene Wenger a huge selection headache; as he has the England duo, Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud all in fine-form.
When you consider that Lucas Perez has shown he deserves more football and Alex Iwobi’s impressive form this season, it’s clear that the Gunners do not lack attacking options- even beneath Mesut Ozil, as the Gunners can utilise Aaron Ramsey, Jeff Reine-Adelaide or Alex Iwobi in this role.
The only concern was perhaps central midfield, with Granit Xhaka, Mohamed Elneny and Santi Cazorla unavailable, but the Gunners still have Ramsey and Francis Coquelin, whilst Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain put in one of his best performances in an Arsenal jersey at the weekend when playing centrally.
That shows that Arsenal still have options and the versatility of the Gunners squad will prove be a huge asset- with the majority of the attacking set-up all being able to play a number of different positions when needed.
The same can be said with the defence, with the Gunners boasting Shkodran Mustafi, Laurent Koscielny, Gabriel Paulista and Rob Holding as central options. Of those, Gabriel, Mustafi and Holding can all fill in on the right when required, should anything happen to Hector Bellerin, and Arsenal have both Nacho Monreal and Kieran Gibbs for a role on the left.
Even in goal Arsenal have options, with Petr Cech and David Ospina amongst the finest stoppers in the league. If everyone remains fit, Arsenal should have no problems.
The issue, as it’s always been with Arsenal, is ensuring injuries are kept to a minimum. Should one or two players in a particular position get injured, the Gunners may struggle – just like they did initially with Santi Cazorla’s absence.
However, that’s not a sufficient reason to spend money as Arsenal’s squad is overflowing with talent- shown by the fact that Jack Wilshere, currently on-loan at Bournemouth, faces speculation as to whether he has a long-term place in this side.
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