Revealed: The 2 Key Signings Arsenal Need To Make Them Champions League Challengers

By on July 18, 2014

After a thrilling World Cup, our thoughts now turn to club matters and writer Gooner Mac is going to take a look at what Arsenal need to add to become Champions League challengers this season.

Edinson-Cavani

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While the Premier League is the pinnacle of domestic football, the Champions League has become the ‘holy grail’ for many fans, and particularly Arsenal fans as we are yet to lift our first European trophy.

Let’s face it, we are perennial under achievers in the Champions League. We’ve qualified for the last 16 years with only Manchester United and Real Madrid able to beat such a record, while we’ve also progressed to the knockout stages 14 times in succession, which can only be bettered by Real Madrid.

These are truly remarkable numbers, yet we have just one Champions League final to show for it, narrowly losing out to Barcelona 2-1 back in 2006. What ever way you look at it, we should certainly have done a lot better during the knockout stages of the competition.

The 2014/15 Champions League betting is underway and once again we aren’t among the favourites with the bookmakers, and judging by our record, it’s easy to see why they don’t feel we’re going to win it.

So what does Arsene Wenger need to add to the squad for us to be taken seriously in Europe this season?

Well the signing of Alexis Sanchez has obviously given our squad a huge injection of quality and he’ll no doubt make us a far greater threat next season. While there are rumours Arsene Wenger is planning to play him through the middle, I’d prefer to see his out on the wings, to start with at least.

Therefore, ideally we need to bring in another front-man to offer more depth up front. Arsene has a soft spot for Olivier Giroud but for us to really be challengers for the Champions League, I think we need to sign a ‘marquee’ striker.

There aren’t many of those around and if reports that Karim Benzema is set to sign a new deal at Real Madrid are true, then the man I’d go for is Edinson Cavani. The Uruguayan has made no secret that he’s unsettled at PSG and I think we could lure him to the Premier League this summer.

It would take a huge fee, probably in the region of £50m, but Cavani would take us to the next level and turn our team into potential Champions League winners, in my opinion.

We’ve just announced the signing of Mathieu Debuchy last night so right-back is covered, so the next position we desperately need to strengthen is central midfield. Last season we were badly exposed on counter-attacks, particularly through the middle of the park, and I think we need to bring in a powerful, athletic defensive midfielder to protect the back four.

There’s been talk of Sami Khedira but I’d prefer to see Morgan Schneiderlin come in from Southampton. He has all the characteristics we need to add to the squad and should be cheaper than Khedira is likely to be.

Therefore, if we could add Schneiderlin and Cavani, along with a back up goalkeeper and potentially another centre-back if Vermaelen leaves, then we’ll have a squad not only capable of winning the Premier League but one that could also have a shot at lifting the Champions League this season.

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9 Comments

  1. arsenal-steve

    July 18, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Nearly August and the season is upon us. As usual the joy of signing Sanchez is now turning into a false promise regarding other big signings. So no Khedira, and Remy is going elsewhere. I agree with you put the money up and get Cavani and Bender, two top notch players…and we would definitely win the league with them, but my gut instinct is that a replacement goalkeeper and another defender will be it. I was dreaming that this summer was going to be different.

  2. Bawa Bashir O

    July 18, 2014 at 10:51 am

    We are going to be joyful,if it happen like that.please do,we want to win a trophy at least BPL, CPL, FA CUP and Carling Cup.

  3. Bawa Bashir O

    July 18, 2014 at 10:55 am

    We are going to be joyful,if it happen like that.please do,we want to win a trophy at least BPL, CPL, FA CUP and Carling Cup,yes with the help of cavani and bender, am 100% sure we are going to those tittle listed above.

  4. Bawa Bashir O

    July 18, 2014 at 10:55 am

    We are going to be joyful,if it happen like that.please do,we want to win a trophy at least BPL, CPL, FA CUP and Carling Cup,yes with the help of cavani and bender, am 100% sure we are going to win those tittle listed above.

  5. Roland C Rozario

    July 18, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Simply putting it across. Arsenal surely need a efficient keeper…in Ospina, in the middle of the park, Lars Bender, in defence Ahmed the Egyptian currently on trial, a forward as in Javier Hernandez presently at ManU!
    Then inHouse there is the capable persons of Joel Campbell, Zelalem, Eisfeld, Gnabry!!
    Sounds pretty good!
    Keidra?….not necessary!!

  6. Rabiu ibrahim kunya

    July 18, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    Debuchy,sanchez,maquilla,ospina,fathi Ahmed.we are welcome to the players,and wenger try to buy cavani and sami khadira.

  7. paul35mm

    July 18, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Cavani might want to come to Arsenal, he might not; but even if he does, PSG would have to let him go and they aren’t going to let him leave at a loss after one season. Unlike most clubs, PSG have no real financial pressure on them. With virtually unlimited funds and a brilliant but aging central forward in Zlatan, PSG would be stupid to sell Cavani.

    Arsenal do not need him. Sanchez, Giroud, and Campbell are a massive upgrade up top over Giroud alone. With only Giroud up front, Arsenal were 7 points off the league title. 7. Arsenal have replaced Sagna with a player of similar experience and abilities, It looks like Ospina is coming, so that takes care of the #2 keeper.

    A top notch defensive midfielder would address Arsenal’s only other area of immediate need, while some cover in the center of the defense would be useful and if Vermaelen leaves, necessary. A second target man/center forward would be good, but not a must have if Arsenal keep Joel Campbell home.

    All in all, good business so far for the Gunners.

    Khedira would be a good choice for DM, as would Bender or Schneiderlin. Fabian Schar from Basel would be a good young center back. John Stones from Everton would be a major coup, but probably unobtainable.

    At forward, there are options. Loic Remy, Jackson Martinez, Mario Balotelli, Radamel Falcao, Javier Hernandez, Jay Rodgrigues and Wilfried Bony are all available to one degree or another, depending on the price. All have pluses an minuses.

    Remy is proven and cheap, but he’s been fragile and at 27, is the finished article with little sell-on value or potential for further development. He’s really more of a back up than replacement for Giroud.

    Martinez is the same, but is better but more expensive. He is also stronger than Remy, but less clinical in front of goal.

    Balotelli is a terrific player with loads of quality but more baggage than a airport. If you get the happy Mario, you get the potential for 20+ goals, awesome power, clinical finishing and ridiculous athleticism. If you get the evil Mario, you get sulking, complaining, and dispruption along with vapid, listless displays on the pitch and poor work rate.

    Falcao is coming off a major injury and belongs to Monaco who don’t need the money. He’d be costly and risky, physically.

    Javier Hernandez might be a perfect fit. He’s a goal poacher, brings something different than anyone on the Arsenal roster. He’s a poacher, a fox in the box with lightning pace and a real nose for goal. He’s been under utilized at Man U, and with a front line, when everyone’s healthy, of Walcott, Hernandez, and Sanchez would give Arsenal enough pace up front to scare Usain Bolt. No idea how van Gall rates him, but he might be available at a reasonable if not cheap price and unless he’s promised first team football, it is easy to see him pushing for the exit.

    Rodrigues would be a good signing. He’s English, similar to Hernandez as far as a nose for goal is concerned, but like Falcao, is coming off a major knee injury. Southampton players are going for a premium, and he wouldn’t be worth over paying for given the injury, but he would likely settle well and quickly.

    Bony would be a nice idea as well. He’s big, strong, is decent at holding the ball but has more pace than Giroud. He is powerful though, and good in the air and would be a great partner for Giroud in a 4-4-2 when the club are chasing games.

    Impossible to know the mind of Le Prof, and he definitely won’t be telling anyone his plans until the players are signed, but Arsenal have done good business thus far.

  8. Nelson

    July 22, 2014 at 6:19 am

    Its gud we have players like Sanchez and Debuchy nw in d team and a keeper dat will soon jion d team soon but a lot still has 2 b done. Wenger pls sign Balotelli and release Podolski(sell), Sanogo(loan), get a gud defensive midfielder,release Diaby(sell) and a very strong athletic central defender. Time 4 experimentin has gone, we need trophies.

  9. Nelson

    July 22, 2014 at 6:26 am

    Get us gud players dat can will win d premier league dis season and also conquer Europe.

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