Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will be relatively happy with his club's summer transfer business.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was under immense pressure heading into this summer’s transfer market.
The Frenchman saw his team slide to fourth in the Premier League last season, despite sitting at the top of the league for more time than any other club, while also failing to progress closer to his dream of winning the Champions League.
Changes were needed and additions had to be made to the squad. We’ve assessed Arsenal’s summer incomings and graded the Gunners for their transfer activity looking at some key questions.
What was needed?
Arsenal added well to their attack with the additions of Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona for £32 million and Danny Welbeck from Manchester United for £16 million.
Sanchez’s versatility means he can be used up front as well as in different positions across the midfield while Welbeck is a key addition following an injury to Olivier Giroud.
It was also important for the Gunners to add a defender to their squad following Thomas Vermaelen’s exit and they did that with a deal for Calum Chambers from Southampton, who can play at centre-back, right-back and in central midfield.
It was also important to sign an experienced right-back which the boss did with a deal for Mathieu Debuchy.
Which positions didn’t Arsene Wenger address?
Arsenal didn’t sign a holding midfielder but the boss will suggest it’s a position where he already has options; Chambers, Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta when fit.
Arsenal were linked with some superb holding players during the summer but deals for Sami Khedira of Real Madrid and William Carvalho of Sporting Lisbon appeared to be too difficult for the Gunners to get done late in the window.
What are the strengths?
The strengths definitely lay in attack.
Arsenal have several players capable of destroying any team in the Premier League and any team in Europe.
The main strength lies in central midfield. That’s where Arsenal can control games and if Welbeck can start hitting the back of the net quickly, Arsenal will outscore most teams.
What are the weaknesses?
The Gunners still look light at the back.
Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny formed a great partnership last season, and continue to do so, but they need some extra protection in front of them.
The outstanding question?
Who is going to protect the defence? Wenger needs to work out quickly who is going to play that holding role and stick with them unless he harbours plans to sign a defensive midfielder this winter.