Arsenal has acquired quality additions in the month of July. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has decided to splash the cash on high profile players this summer transfer window, and has acted quite quickly as well.
With the additions of Alexis Sanchez, Mathieu Debuchy, Calum Chambers, and David Ospina, Arsenal have made a strong statement to the other contenders and their fans that they are committed to make a run at the Premier League title.
The highlight of the first month of the transfer window is undoubtedly Sanchez from Barcelona, a highly prolific player who will be able to fill up the stat sheet with his scoring and assisting abilities.
Sanchez makes a lot of sense in an individual skill stand point, but he also makes sense for Arsenal to make an instant impact because he won’t have problems adjusting to the English Premier League.
Sanchez has the physical tools to last the whole season on a consistent basis as well as the physical stature to withstand the physicality of the EPL.
With Sanchez, Wenger will be able to deploy him at different positions either on the left, right or as a central striker. His versatility is a huge plus, although he prefers to play as the central striker.
Debuchy will also be able to make an instant impact as he has already played in the Premier League and he’ll be able to know what Wenger wants from him, tactically, because they’re both French.
Although Debuchy’s style of play is rather aggressive and could cause plenty of problems for the Arsenal center backs, his play from the attacking third makes up for it as he can make the forward runs to cause problems for the opposing full-back.
His performance during the 2014 FIFA World Cup prompted Wenger to acquire Debuchy from Newcastle as Bacary Sagna opted to move on and signed with Manchester City as a free agent.
Chambers is an interesting one considering he’ll be used sparingly. He does not have much experience as he has featured only 21 times in the Premier League in his career and that was last year for Southampton.
But, he has great potential as he is only 19 years old and when it comes to nurturing potential greats, Wenger is one the best at it. It is a risk considering Arsenal is lacking depth in the center back position, should they sell Vermaelen to potential suitors and Chambers will be the only reliable center back on the bench. There is still one more month of the transfer window, but it is yet to be known whether Wenger will use his transfer money on another center back or other positional needs, such as a defensive midfielder.
Ospina is also another interesting signing, and it is clear that Wenger has not been impressed with his number one goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny’s performance the last couple of years. Szczesny’s form has come into question several times the past 2 seasons and has not made a significant improvement since his debut for the team in 2010.
With the lack of competition in the goalkeeping department, Szczesny feels that he does not have to try as hard to maintain his spot on the roster. Thus, Ospina will be able to bring the best out of Szczesny with the increased competition.
Ospina has performed admirably during the 2014 FIFA World Cup as a member of the Columbian national team and was even awarded the man of the match against Argentina in a 0-0 draw. Even at club level, Ospina produced for Nice featuring 29 times with a rating of 7.19 for a goalkeeper compared to Szczensy’s 7.04 according to Whoscored.com.
Wenger wants more from Szczensy and the addition of Ospina will greatly influence that. Szczesny can no longer be content with average and must be able to perform on a consistent basis in order to maintain his place as the number 1 goalkeeper for Arsenal. If not, Ospina will be there to take his place.
Arsenal has been quiet as of late, but they cannot afford to do that while other title rivals are acting quickly to strengthen their squad. Arsenal will need to act quickly as well; otherwise some of the players that Arsenal is rumored to be interested in will be gone in a flash, thus their chances of winning the title will decrease.
If Arsenal is able to add two or three quality players who’ll be able to make an instant impact, then they’ll be considered as one of the favorites to win the title. They’ll need instant impact players and not player’s who’ll burst into the scene two or three years later because the Arsenal fans are losing their patience on the prestigious Premier League title.