By 1970’s Gooner
Don’t get me wrong Cazorla is a major signing for Arsenal and Arsene Wenger. It sends out the message that Arsenal and Wenger mean business this season. And this is for two reasons.
Firstly, the total transfer outlay so far is about 40m, and still counting. This is far more than any other season in the last seven barren years.
Secondly all the transfers involve players who are far more mature both in terms of age and experience in difficult competitive leagues. Podolski is 27 and a Germany international, Giroud is 25 and a France international and Cazorla 27 and a Spain international.
They are all quality players and worthy of first team selection. And they are all added to a squad who as yet has not lost anyone of note. If RVP does eventually leave this summer then the three new comers do add up to a net addition to an already strong squad.
Consider the squad as it stands now:
Goalkeepers: Szczęsny, Fabianski, Mannone
Right Backs: Sagna, Jenkinson, , Koscienly (if needed), Coquelin, Yennaris
Left Backs: Gibbs, Santos, (we are rather short of cover here if both get injured)
Central Defenders: Vermaelen, Koscienly, Mertesacker, Djourou
Central Midfilders: Song, Diaby, Arteta, Rosicky, Ramsey, Coquelin, Frimpong, Wilshere,
Wide Midfielders: Walcott, Gervinho, Podolski, Arshavin, The Ox, Cazorla
Strikers: RVP (if he stays), Giroud, Chamakh, Bendtner (if he stays)
It seems that if RVP leaves the strikers position would prove to be an area where we may me short. Chamakh is not up to it and Bendtner wants out which leaves us with only Giroud.
Nevertheless the squad is far far stronger than in recent years.
And I boldly can predict that IF RVP has a rethink and stays then we can lift the title this coming season…..