After watching Arsenal draw a blank at home yet again, it is no surprise to hear the crowd baying for new blood. 'Get your cheque book out, Wenger' is a common cry. Wenger's reply is usually along the lines of you can't buy the title, or the players we want are unavailable. You know the score.
Until the Liverpool game, I wasn't so sure Arsenal needed new players. After all, it nearly always takes time for them to bed in.
However, with Koscielny and Mertesacker out of action, Arsenal looked woeful at the back at times. Luckily, Cech produced a man of the match performance to keep Liverpool at bay, when it threatened to be a whitewash.
Chambers was particularly nervous in the first half, but improved in the second. Gary Neville reckons the young England defender needs games, which is why I think Arsenal may have to look for a new centre back. I would consider loaning out Chambers to get games elsewhere, in order to bring in a versatile experienced player who can play at centre back or as a holding midfielder.
Unfortunately, no one comes to mind. However, Arsenal do need someone who can step into Coquelin's shoes, should he get sidelined. Maybe Arteta or Flamini could do it in an emergency, but I'm not convinced that either can come back hitting the ground running. Both are favourites of mine, but age is a factor. How can either cover as much ground as Coquelin?
Meanwhile, upfront I'm convinced the goals will come wit the existing strike force. Providing Arsenal use the wide areas more effectively than they did against Liverpool, all will be well on that front. That will mean starting with a more natural wide man like the Ox or Theo. Once the crosses start raining in, we'll see the best of Giroud.
So my shopping list in short: a centre back and defensive midfielder, but preferably a two-in-one.
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