A lot has been made of pundit Jamie Carragher's recent comments that Arsenal still lack a spine.
Although I have a lot of respect for the former Liverpool centre back's opinion (as I think he talks a lot of sense), I think he's slightly wide of the mark this time.
What we have to bear in mind is Szczesny is a year older and Ospina has got to be a step up from Fabianski, surely? So in that department we're better.
Centre backs: we've lost Sagna (who could play there) and Vermaelen. We've gain Chambers, one for the future and, dare I say it, one for now. Perhaps squad-wise we're weaker, but our first XI selection in Central defence should be unaffected or slightly better. I'd rather have Chambers than the disaffected Vermaelen playing there.
Central midfield: no improvements and due to the age of Arteta and Flamini, we may be slightly worse in this department (unless Chambers proves to be a revelation there).
Upfront, we've now got a fit Sanogo, Sanchez and Campbell to add to Giroud. Surely, that's a big improvement.
Overall, I'd say the spine of our team has been strengthened, although there are concerns about central defence and midfield. Hopefully, Wenger will address those concerns before transfer deadline day.
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