Arsenal fans could soon have the new signings they crave due to the current injury crisis at the club.
Arsenal are currently staring at a very long injury list which could justifiably threaten the structure and integrity of the current side.
The main reaction following the club’s opening 3-1 defeat at the hands of Aston Villa over the weekend is that it’s time for Arsene Wenger to put his money on the table and aggressively bring in players who can transform the side.
From the current injury list, there are several top players in the squad who are set to miss several key Premier League matches over the early part of the season; Mikel Arteta, Kieran Gibbs, Nacho Monreal, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Thomas Vermaelen among others.
The idea that Arsenal have a strong enough squad to cope is very questionable and if that’s the view that Wenger currently has then it’s difficult to see the logic behind it.
The majority of the players Arsenal have missing fall in defence and midfield so it makes sense for the boss to spend money on those areas because Arsenal clearly need players in those positions right now.
Extra defensive rigidity will help Arsenal to solve problems which were exposed by Aston Villa over the weekend, giving the side a chance to maintain consistency when they do start building momentum this season.
Arsenal have a lot of very talented midfielders but strip away the first choice players and there isn’t too much left in reserve to come in and fill the void when key players are missing.
Wenger has always adopted a policy where he won’t sign players if he doesn’t feel they are as good as the ones he already has.
At the moment, the addition of someone like Marouane Fellaini into the midfield, would clearly not be a bad signing because he’s a far better player than some of the other squad options Wenger currently has.
Although Arsenal have plenty of cover in attack, the Luis Suarez example is the perfect demonstration of a player the Gunners could have had in the building right now if Wenger had just been willing to pay what Liverpool wanted, which Arsenal are capable of considering their immense financial strength at present.
Why the Frenchman seems so reluctant to aggressively pursue players in the transfer market is a mystery but a combination of the Villa result and the current injuries, could force him into going after players he should have signed at the start of the summer.
If Arsenal don’t make signings and they have an injury list as long as the current one for the rest of the season then it’s a shame but they won’t get anywhere near the top four.
What do you think? Will the injuries prompt signings?
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