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What weaponry does Wenger need to add to his Arsenal?

With no recent silverware in the trophy cabinet, questions have been asked over Arsene Wenger’s commitment to developing young players rather than investing in proven campaigners. But where are the weak links which would benefit from experienced playing staff? Which youngsters haven’t fulfilled the potential Wenger once saw?


By James McLaughlin.

With no recent silverware in the trophy cabinet, questions have been asked over Arsene Wenger’s commitment to developing young players rather than investing in proven campaigners. With an undoubtedly exciting squad for the future, Arsenal have failed to deliver a squad for the present recently.

2010 saw Arsenal go close, hauling themselves back into the title race before ultimately falling short by 11 points. The FA Cup exit in the fourth round at the hands of Stoke also raised concerns.

But where are the weak links which would benefit from experienced playing staff? Which youngsters haven’t fulfilled the potential Wenger once saw?

Players Out?

Lukasz Fabianski – Having failed to adequately find a long term replacement for David Seaman, it is hard to hear Wenger’s claims that Fabianski is top, top level and has massive potential” above the frustrated laughter around the Emirates.

Manuel Almunia – Has developed since a shaky start as Lehmann’s understudy but still below Arsenal’s standards. A drastic move to offload both goalkeepers but a tough decision is what’s needed to mount a more serious title challenge next season and instill a confident back line.

Mikael Silvestre – There were a few raised eyebrows when Silvestre swapped Manchester United for rivals Arsenal not least of all for the fact that he was a 31 year old fringe player at Old Trafford. Although Wenger has been criticised for not having enough experience in his squad, Silvestre is well past his peak playing performances now.

Tomas Rosicky – The 29 year old has failed to replicate his form of his early Arsenal days following an 18 month career threatening lay off. The time may be right for Wenger to cash in given Arsenal’s abundance of an attacking minded midfield.

Eduardo – Another promising player who has failed to recover his form since a career threatening injury. Van Persie has firm hold of the goalscoring mantle when fit and Eduardo doesn’t appear to be the player most likely to aid the burden.

Nicklas Bendtner – The Danish striker proclaimed himself as “One of the best strikers in the world”. With profligacy in front of most goalmouths except those which are unoccupied, it’s best to let him attempt to prove this claim somewhere else.

Players In?

Marouane Chamakh – A deal seems to be all but completed and Chamakh would arrive on a free transfer. Should he repay the faith Wenger has in him, it will give him a much needed boost in attack.

Gonzalo Higuain – The Real Madrid front man’s contract talks have stalled after demanding parity with benchwarmers such as Karim Benzema. With 29 goals in 38 games, Wenger could do much worse than hijack the negotiations.

Stilyan Petrov – A top performing midfield general, the 30 year old only has so many years left in him and could be tempted by Champions League football. His commanding presence would free up Cesc Fabregas to attack and also provides experience.

Gianluigi Buffon – The most expensive goalkeeper has stated that should he leave the dwindling Juventus this summer, he is interested in playing in England. A seasoned professional, he will provide stability and Champions League football could tempt him.

Hugo Lloris – Lloris has excelled for both club and country in recent years and Arsenal provide a much more likely source of European success than Lyon. In Lloris, Wenger may be able to secure someone with both youth and consistency on his side.

Gary Cahill – Although not a vastly experienced player, Cahill is one of the upcoming talents in English football. Having stressed his desire to join “One of the big clubs”, he could provide a long term partner for Thomas Vermaelen.

Who do you think Arsenal should buy/sell this summer? Please leave your comments below..



  1. Conor Mac Daddy

    May 14, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    They should buy messi because he has said he wants to play for arsenal and barcelona are not happy with his performances. They should also get Roy Keane because he would fill the Viera role and Gary Lineker for more experience up front

  2. Manish

    May 14, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    What arsenal want is 2 best defenders CB, 1 Good Striker and shockingly a Midfielder as it is necessity of time if fabregas leaves. Most importantly a Goal keeper to keep ALMUNIA as 2nd option and Fabianski in Reserves.

    As Vermaelen is AJAX man, then Van Der Wiel is good option as he had already paired with him.
    Mats Hummels- the German CB from Borussia Dortmund & Neven Subotić.

    If a striker is a demand then there are multiple options as it willl be FUTURE plan becoz CHAMAKH has come and PERSIE is FIT and importantly Bendtner & Vela are improving well and we have seen it.
    1. Lacina Traore (investment for future for 19 year old. Arsenal wants strong players so Lacina is one with 6 feet 7 inch height)
    2. Ishak Belfodil – Tall French Striker currently with Lyon (for future)
    3. Mario Balotelli
    4. Batuhan Karadeniz : – striker from Besiktas

    Goal keeper is discussed in very details by many people and I support various speculations but no comments.

    Finally coming to SHOCKING IMPORTANT point.
    What if Fabregas Leaves for Barcelona?
    Such a class can not substituted by only few players like
    1. Y. Gourcuff (Wenger can use his french connection to convince for this deal. Gourcuff has played and resulted best when coupled with CHAMAKH and we all know Chamakh is now Arsenal property.)
    2. Eden Hazard (This guy will not replace Fabregas but he has that skill Accuracy and speed to compensate fabregas absence. He will still be required as ARSHAVIN is moving out now or later)
    3. Jack Rodwell from everton. (catch this STARLETTTT now only before he gets 40 million + in coming time)
    4. Fernando Gago from REAL
    5. Jesus Navas
    6. Ballack (knowing that he may be FREE this summer and will help with his HUGE experience and physical fitness)

  3. Arsenalborneo

    May 14, 2010 at 2:55 pm


  4. sanjay

    May 14, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    Wonderful comments by James McLaughlin, I couldn’t agree more specially about Bendtner, though he managed to win few matches for us…he is not a good team player, definately not quick and wants goals served for him all the time…however I would like some more posts by James..well done!!

  5. marvin ndou

    May 14, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    We rily nid to beef up da squad Wenger its high tym u brot a vibrant striker yes we support ur junior policy bt dts nt gud enough

  6. James McLaughlin

    May 14, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    Manish, agreed on Rodwell, class player again from the Everton ranks but Moyes seems to have convinced his latest batch of protges to develop under him first.

    Navas is a very good player but suffers from homesickness to the extent he quit international football for a while. If they can get him past that then definitely but his price tag would proably create a big gamble.

    Anyone else not thoroughly convinced by Chamakh? On paper he’s hardly freescoring at 26 years old. As they say though, games aren’t won on paper and neither are goals scored so it could end up being a canny buy.

    Sanjay, thanks for your comments, helps keep the motivation alive!

  7. Eddy Webb

    May 14, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Arsenal really need to sign somebody up front and in goal. Carlos Vela has lots of potential but I think they need Diego Forlan or David Villa. Forlan has lots of experience and is a brilliant finisher while David Villa is twice the player of Van Persie but still has potential to b 10 times better.

    Marouane Chamakh would be a risk because of how/if he can blend in to the squad.

    Gianluigi Buffon seems a far-fetch signing, Rene Adler or Federico Agliardi could well be the solution to the goalkeeping area. I’m not intending that neither Almunia or Fabianski are good, but Almunia is injury-prone and Fabianski needs confidence. My solution, sign Adler and send Fabianski out on loan to gain confidence.

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