Arsenal's summer business: more questions than answers?


The significance of his arrival has been likened to Dennis Bergkamp's in the late '90s, but is he what Arsenal need, or just what the fans wanted?

The lone addition of one big name transfer glossed over the fact that Arsenal's squad had been criticised to be light just hours before the closure of the summer market window.

The significance of German playmaker Mesut Ozil's arrival at Emirates Stadium has been likened to Dennis Bergkamp's at Highbury 18 years ago. His playing style will naturally provide an aesthetically-pleasing impetus to an attack that had become predictable and, at times, one-dimensional. It may also pave the way for other future greats to join him in the next few windows as strikers would relish the opportunity to be assisted by the 24-year-old.

There will still be a vocal section of Wenger detractors who will claim that the Gunners remain light in a number of areas, especially when compared to, say, Tottenham Hotspur or Liverpool. There will also be comments focusing on whether Arsenal actually needed the player, or if the club were pressured into making a signing of Ozil's calibre in order to appease the increasing fan tensions in north London.

However, Thomas Vermaelen or Mathieu Flamini can deputise at left back should Kieran Gibbs succumb to injury, Lukas Podolski can lead the line up front if Olivier Giroud ever occupies the physio's room and with Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla and Ozil, Wenger now possesses a midfield trio that could easily be the envy of his Premier League peers.

Despite all the fanfaronade in N5 last night, Ozil was not the only impressive acquisition made by Arsene Wenger as the Frenchman secured the return of Flamini, an accomplished utility man who will need no time to acclimatise to the Premier League – as his substitute performance versus Tottenham last weekend was testament to.

Yaya Sanogo and Emiliano Viviano were mere squad filler solutions, but one gets the impression that, if Arsenal avoid an injury crisis until January, then Wenger – unlike his fellow managers in England – has another £40m to spend in order to provide an added push into the concluding half of the league season.

Injury crises, though, are what Arsenal do best…

What do you think? Has Arsenal's list of transfer business this summer been satisfactory or could/should Wenger have brought in more players to bolster the squad? Let us know in the comments below…

Yaya Sanogo Auxerre Arsenal Free
Mathieu Flamini AC Milan Arsenal Free
Emiliano Viviano Palermo Arsenal Loan
Mesut Ozil Real Madrid Arsenal £42.5m
Andrei Arshavin Arsenal Zenit St Petersburg Free
Francis Coquelin Arsenal Freiburg Loan
Denilson Arsenal Sao Paulo Free
Johan Djourou Arsenal Hamburg Loan
Craig Eastmond Arsenal Colchester United Free
Kyle Ebecilio Arsenal FC Twente Free
Vito Mannone Arsenal Sunderland Undisclosed
Sebastien Squillaci Arsenal Released N/a
Sanchez Watt Arsenal Colchester United Free
Jordan Wynter Arsenal Bristol City Free
Jernade Meade Arsenal Swansea City Free
Andre Santos Arsenal Flamengo Undisclosed
Gervinho Arsenal AS Roma Undisclosed
Marouane Chamakh Arsenal Crystal Palace Undisclosed

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