Whether Arsene Wenger feels under any more need of new signings after Arsenal were paired with the Spanish La Liga, Copa Del Rey and Champions League holders Barcelona is anybody´s guess. We will have to wait for the January transfer window to open and close before we find out.
In my opinion, though, it could well make a difference to Arsenal’s transfer plans. If he was wavering on whether to make a certain transfer or not then this should encourage the Frenchman to err on the side of spending rather than trusting what we already have. I hope so at least.
And while the centre of defence is not a position that has been talked about much as one of the priorities for the transfer window, I feel that being drawn against Barcelona should change that. I know that football is a team game and that Barca are string all over, but their biggest strength is the front three.
And with Messi, Neymar and Suarez, the forward line is full of pace, trickery and technical ability rather than crosses into the box. Am I the only Arsenal fan that gets cold sweats thinking about what they will do to the ponderous Per Mertesacker? So for me we either have to sign a top class centre back next month or start to give Gabriel more game time in preparation for the UCL games. What do you lot think?