Contrary to popular opinion, Arsenal have already bought three players this summer in Granit Xhaka, Rob Holding and Takuma Asano, and Arsene Wenger has (unusually for him) admitted that the Gunners still in the market for an experienced centre-back and a striker.
Petr Cech,who was the only first team player that Wenger bought last summer, believes that Le Prof will provide the players that Arsenal need, and not just buy the stars that the fans want just to keep them happy.
“I think you need to buy players you need, you need to buy players that will improve the team and not to buy players just for buying. That’s the philosophy of the club,” Cech said.
“I’ve been here since last season and you can see that every time we bring in a player, it’s a player we need, and the manager believes he improves the team.
“There is a core of the players who have been at Arsenal for years, and they know that is an advantage as well. People get to know each other, how to play together.”
I can see where he’s coming from, but don’t ALL managers buy the players they think they need to win games? I think Wenger’s biggest problem is keeping players that have NOT improved the team, and hoping that will finally come good in the end. It worked with Robin van Persie who finally came good after years of sitting in the treatment room, but it didn’t work with Abou Diaby, and it doesn’t look like it’s working with Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. I hope I’m wrong, but surely keeping the deadwood in the name of continuity and cohesion is detrimental to Arsenal’s overall strength, no matter who else you buy?