Wenger has money to spend, but where should it be spent?
Arsene Wenger confirmed last night to shareholders that there will be money to spend during the summer if he needs it. Wenger’s usual policy of signing prospects over experience has been questioned in the past but the signing of Andrei Arshavin in January went ‘against the grain’.
The instant success of Andrei Arshavin in the Arsenal team has possibly been the biggest positive to take out of a rather unfruitful year for the Gunners. With a squad littered with youth and talent, a few more experienced players would stable the ship according to many of Arsenal’s faithful following.
The big question is where would Arsenal fans most like the money to be spent? With Wenger opening the door for Adebayor to leave the club and admitting he was “close to leaving the club” last summer, money may need to be spent filling in the vacancy the Togo striker would leave.
An area that has led to criticism throughout this season has been in central midfield. With Fabregas injured for a large period of the campaign they were left a little short in this department.
Neither Gilberto Silva nor Mathieu Flamini were replaced, with both Denilson and Alexandre Song performing somewhat short of the required standard – for now anyway. Is this where money should be invested though?
Wenger has pointed out where Arsenal’s real weakness lies. In the Premiership this season they have only scored only three less than Manchester United. However, the Gunners have conceded 12 more.
This puts question marks over the defence and goalkeeper. Many fans believe the backline is missing a genuine leader. Kolo Toure hasn’t shown the influential attributes that were expected of him and William Gallas was stripped of his captaincy during the season. How much would Arsenal fans love to see a Tony Adams or a Martin Keown leading the backline next season?
Personally I believe Arsenal’s problem lies with the absence of a central midfield player breaking up opposition attacks. This was the job of Patrick Vieira, Gilberto Silva and then Flamini. It seems like a safe Premier League bet that in order to bring success to the Emirates this is the main position that needs strengthening.
If Adams and Vieira were added to the current squad, Arsenal would probably be challenging for the Premier League title at Old Trafford tomorrow. So it may be a case of finding two players who can come anywhere near to performing the same roles as these two club legends.
Where would you like to see the majority of Arsenal’s budget spent?