Arsenal fans are used to not getting excited about the opening of the transfer window. Instead of allowing themselves to get over-excited or dream of a big-money signing, we wait patiently, waiting for Arsene to make his move. The boss has always been shrewd in the transfer market, buying smart and retaining our faith. Despite the reported amounts of money available this January, we can expect the next window to be the same.
Arsene is unlikely to spend all of the £35 million available to him, and it is even more unlikely that he will spend £20 million plus for one single player. It is likely that Wenger will assess his current squad and see where he needs to strengthen. He will use the funds wisely, perhaps buying one of two players. Some may argue that the calibre of player he goes for may not be as high if he had just gone for a big money signing, but I am confident he will buy only what is necessary.
That in mind, I do hope Wenger goes for a defensive midfielder this January, or at least a defensively minded one. He still needs a bit of muscle in the centre of the park, someone imposing. It would be the perfect foil for the creatively minded Cazorla and Arteta. The hope was Diaby would make that position his own, and after impressing earlier this season, the Frenchman appeared to have shown that he was ready to step up. But we all spoke too soon.
Picking up another injury, he has been out of action again recently, casting doubts once again on his Arsenal future. Arsene will need to turn his attention to securing a long-term replacement. The obvious name would be Yann M’Vila. The young French enforcer’s stock has continued to rise and it is only a matter of time before he will leave Rennes and play for a big European club. Arsene should step-up his efforts this January and beat the rest to M’Vila’s signature.
Secondly, I believe that we need a goalscorer. I think it’s time we bought an established name. Whether it be someone versatile enough to play across the front or a central striker, we need goals. The Gunners have improved defensively and with the players on show, will always create chances, but we need someone to finish them off. There should be no reason why a lack of goals should be our hindrance.
There are not many world-class strikers that are currently available. But not only available, affordable too. Arsenal cannot compete with Man City or Chelsea for the signature of Falcao but there are alternatives available. Fernando Llorente is once again an obvious choice. A world-class goalscorer and a World Cup and European Championship winner, Llorente is a class act but is still waiting for someone to take him away from Bilbao. There is no doubt the Spaniard wants to play for a bigger club and play Champions League football.
So come January we can expect at least one new signing at the Emirates. Expect Wenger to keep us guessing until moments before the window slams shut.