Having won their first Premier League game of the season away at a difficult venue in Crystal Palace on Sunday, our Arsenal fans’ mood in the Football Transfer Tavern has improved somewhat but they’re still not entirely happy.
With Francis Coquelin having been lucky not to be sent off in the second half at Selhurst Park, Arsene Wenger eventually substituted the young Frenchman to make way for Mikel Arteta and although the Spaniard did an ok job of shoring up the Gunners’ back line, this is an area Arsenal really need to strengthen in.
With Coquelin playing in an area of the pitch where tackles are made and subsequent injuries can be picked up, not to mention yellow cards, Arsenal fans would love Wenger to go out and sign quality cover such as Sevilla’s Grzegorz Krychowiak to ensure the likes of Arteta and Mathieu Flamini don’t need to be relied upon so heavily.
Aside from the Gunners’ defensive midfield dilemma, Arsenal have of course been on the hunt for new striking reinforcements all summer and Karim Benzema is the man every Gooner would love at the club right now.
With Rafael Benitez having insisted that he wants to keep the French international at Real Madrid this summer, Arsenal’s hopes of signing him look bleak now but as we remember back to Mesut Ozil’s situation in 2013, nobody thought the German was available only for him to rock up at Emirates Stadium on deadline day.
With this hope in mind, we’ve devised a dream Arsenal starting eleven with Benzema metaphorically included.
Click on the image below to reveal the dream Arsenal XI including Karim Benzema