Who should Arsenal sign after Cazorla? by KJ
Slowly but surely, Santi Cazorla is becoming an Arsenal player. Today, Sky Sports confirmed that the deal for Cazorla had been agreed and he was due a medical within the week. The quoted transfer fee was £18 million, but has now been revised to £12m by Malaga based journalists. If true, this is one of the biggest bargains this summer. Cazorla has been on fire last season in La Liga and in today’s market, would be valued at £25 million. However, these are very unique circumstance, which have gifted Arsenal with the opportunity of getting a top class midfielder on the cheap. Now, if we do sign Cazorla, we’ll have signed 3 class players for a fee of around £36 million. However, I still feel like there is still a lot of room for improvement. Just as an interesting aside, did you know that you can get 22/1 for Olivier Giroud to be the 2012-13 premier league top scorer?
Personally, moving forward, the positions that I feel still need bolstering are: Right back, Defensive midfielder and Striker.
Right-Back: As we all know, Sagna broke his leg twice last season and is still suffering from his most recent one. There really is no defined time where he’s supposed to come back but I’d rule him out for the first two months.
I’ve reiterated that both Jenkinson and Coquelin can put a shift in as RBs but ultimately, we could suffer due to their lack of experience.
I would be extremely happy to see someone in the age range of 23-25 come in as it would give them two years before reaching their prime where Sagna will most likely be past his.
Defensive Midfielder: This has been one of the most talked about positions that Arsenal need to cover and they haven’t addressed it as of yet. We simply don’t have enough defensive midfielders to bring trophies to the Emirates. Song and Coquelin are our only defensive mids on paper and even then, one seems ill-disciplined whilst the other is vastly inexperienced.
M’Vila is the name that everyone chants in this situation and for good reason. The Frenchman, at only 21, is already a starter for the France national team as well as establishing himself as one of the best players in Ligue 1. He is always confident on the ball and keeps everything simple to minimalise any danger to the Arsenal goal. He’s, essentially, a no nonsense midfielder – something we’ve sorely lacked since the days of Patrick Viera and Gilberto Silva.
There are plenty of other options for Wenger to look at:
Lucas Biglia has captained Anderlecht to the Belgian league title. He’s a classy Argentinian in his prime who is catching quite a few eyes. His fee will also be only in the £10 million region.
Etienne Capoue is another French defensive midfielder. Some may expect him to be severely inferior to M’Vila but on the contrary, Capoue had his best season with Toulouse and was also named in the Ligue 1 team of the year. Definitely not a bad second choice.
Striker: The Van Persie saga is still going on with no one really knowing where his next destination is going to be. However, one thing is certain – Arsenal must get another striker. Wenger confirmed that Park and Bendtner would be leaving the Gunners as well as Vela already leaving earlier in the window.
Then you have Chamakh whose future is still questionable. That only leaves Giroud and Podolski as our recognised strikers and even then, the German will most likely be deployed as a winger.
I think it would be beneficial to get a relatively experienced striker who is actually in the Premier league already. I’m a big fan on Dempsey and feel he’ll really ease the pressure off Giroud with his goal scoring record. Even when Dempsey starts to lose his pace( Teddy Sheringham never had pace) , he has already shown that he is a great midfielder and could easily play that position for us. I really think that at £8 million, he could be a vital buy.
All in all, Wenger is making some amazing progress and with Cazorla to be announced today, Wenger can move onto some new targets that’ll hopefully push Arsenal on to being serious title contenders.