Arsenal’s inactivity this summer leaves them heading into the new season this weekend having only signed 20-year-old Ligue 2 striker Yaya Sanogo on a free transfer from Auxerre.
The Gunners’ pursuit of Gonzalo Higuain and, subsequent to that deal’s failure, Liverpool’s Luis Suarez has been to no avail and injuries to Theo Walcott and Mikel Arteta this week highlight the desperate need for new faces at the Emirates.
Whilst the club’s manager Arsene Wenger and chief executive Ivan Gazidis both assured fans this summer would be a fruitful one with big name signing on the agenda, their actions have failed to qualify those words.
At this point in time as the Premier League kicks off ahead of crucial Champions League qualification play-offs against Turkish giants Fenerbahce imminently approaching, would Arsenal fans take the likes of Georginio Wijnaldum and Zakaria Bakkali?
For those of you who are wondering who they are, the pair are two highly rated youngsters at Dutch outfit PSV Eindhoven. Wijnaldum, the elder at 22 years of age, is an attacking midfielder who scored 20 goals and made 8 assists in all competitions for PSV last term.
The Ghanaian-born Netherlands international is predominantly deployed as a central attacking midfielder but can function on the right flank. Bakkali, his 17-year-old Belgian teammate has impressed admirably in the Eredivisie this term, scoring 3 goals in just 2 games for PSV this term from his position on the right wing.
According to reports this week Arsenal are interested in bringing the pair to the Emirates in what could be a ‘double swoop’. Wijnaldum came through the ranks at Feyenoord before making a £4 million switch to PSV in 2011.
As things stand at present, with Arsenal fans’ increasing concern over the lack of signings in a summer that held so much promise, would Arsenal fans be satisfied with two relatively unknown youngsters arriving from Holland at what I imagine would be quite reasonable fees?
Whilst the pair do not hold the same status or prestige of players like Robin van Persie who was sold to Manchester United last summer, it is important to note that the departed Dutchman was himself and unknown youngster when he signed from Feyenoord back in 2004 for just £3 million.
Would Arsenal fans be accepting of the pair should they make their way over to North London in the near future? I suspect that the longer they wait for signings, the more likely it’ll be a case of better them than nothing.
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