Arsenal have a number of difficult fixtures on the horizon with games in Europe and the Premier League coming thick and fast this month.
The Gunners will have their sights set on securing a Champions League place and a piece of silverware in the form of the Europa League trophy, but they’ll need to improve massively if they are to achieve any of this.
Sadly, the North London club waved goodbye to Sven Mislintat on Thursday as the German left his role as the club’s head of recruitment. He managed to secure the services of a number of world-class players, including Lucas Torreira, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bernd Leno during his time at the Emirates.
But, Arsenal still find themselves weak defensively and lack quality in wide areas at times, so it’s safe to say that Mislintat didn’t exactly make the most of the January transfer window.
With that in mind, supporters would have been begging Mislintat to stay if he had secured these TWO deals…
It was reported by the Independent last month that Arsenal had investigated the possibility of signing James Rodriguez on an initial loan deal, with intermediaries having made contact. But, nothing came of it as the Colombian international ended up staying on loan at German giants Bayern Munich.
The 27-year-old is arguably one of the best attacking midfielders in the whole of world football, so securing his services last month would have been huge for the Gunners. Sadly, the North London club have had to deal with Mesut Ozil’s inconsistencies this season and their only other attacking midfield option is Aaron Ramsey.
Indeed, the effects of failing to secure the attacker in January have been evident in recent times as they’ve lacked creativity in the final third, so fans will be gutted that Mislintat couldn’t get a deal done.
The 23-year-old has caught the eye this season as he continues to impress at current club Real Valladolid. He operates at the heart of the defence but he can also play on the left or right side, so he would have been a great signing as Stephan Lichtsteiner has been poor in Hector Bellerin’s absence.
Calero has impressed against some of the world’s best attackers in Spain and he has all the ingredients to become a star, which makes it even more gutting that the Gunners failed to land him.
Indeed, Arsenal have let themselves down in recent times by failing to ensure defensive solidity, so it’s now clear to see that signing a defender was a must last month.
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