Five Transfer Scenarios by Twig
One of the biggest challenge for Wenger is which player he needs to buy in this transfer window. It is clear that several positions like the left wing, striker, defensive and maybe attacking midfield positions need to be strengthened, however, with many players playing out of position some of those deficiencies can be solved by current Arsenal players. The current Arsenal team is just on the verge of success and 2 or 3 quality additions, this January, will make them realise their potential.
1. Maintain the status quo, buy a new striker
It seems this is the route Wenger intends to follow. So far, only strikers (David Vila and Lopez) have been consistently linked with us. In this scenario, Wenger buys a striker to compete with Walcott and Giroud while sticking with Podolski as the best man for the left wing.Arteta continues as a defensive midfielder as well.
2. Look inwards, move Podolski forward
In this scenario, Wenger doesn’t buy a new striker and Podolski is permanently moved to a central position to compete (or support) with Giroud and Walcott. Podolski has done very well whenever he has moved central and his sweet left foot reminds me of a former Arsenal player. A left winger in the mould of Arda Turan or Isco is then bought to fill the void left by Podolski.
3. Arteta is not a defensive midfielder, get M’vila!
Getting M’vila (or Capoue, Diame etc) will change the whole dynamic of the Arsenal team. For good. Arsenal misses an assertive player in the middle to dominate and break up the play. This move will allow Arteta to move to his more favoured position as an attacking midfielder (with Cazorla shifting wide).
4. Move Gibbs forward and get a new left back
What? Move Gibbs forward? Erm.. actually I feel this move will work. Gibbs is great going forward which unfortunately means he leaves gaping holes behind him. You always feel Gibbs can be more of a scoring threat when he moves forward (just like he did today). In this move, Podolski moves central and Wenger buys a disciplined left back to allow Gibbs to thrive in a more attacking role. In any case, we’ll soon need a left back as Andre Santos doesn’t seem to be part of Wenger’s plans anymore.
5. Cazorla has too much work to do, give him support
Personally, I believe Stevan Jovetic will be absolutely wonderful for us. He is a young player, has a good physical presence and can play behind the striker. He is not too much in the spotlight so maybe his price will be moderate? Another alternative would be Michu who can play in the No 10 role. Cazorla has been underwhelming in recent games and maybe he should move to the right? Arsenal miss a mercurial playmaker who is consistent, week in, week out.
There are so many possibilities. This may well be Arsene’s last transfer window for Arsenal, so it is important he gets it right. Which adjustments would you like to be made to this Arsenal team? Should Wenger continue with Arteta and Podolski in their respective positions? Send us your own thoughts Gooners.