The Gunners are gearing up for what could end up being their make or break season. Armed with a 100 million transfer kitty, Arsenal finally look to be able to compete with the big boys in the transfer market as they try to end their 8 year trophy drought.
The club have shown their intent by making inquiries and bids for marquee players such as Higuain, Suarez, Fellaini, Rooney and of course their prodigal son, Fabregas. However, any such speculation has yet to materialize in the form of a transfer. As we run into the second week of the transfer market, Arsenal have to move quickly if they are to secure these players.
Bringing in Rooney and Fabregas would certainly bring back the fear factor to Arsenal which has been missing over the years. If the transfer of Rooney takes place, the Gunners will have finally found a player to fill the van Persie void. Moreover, it would weaken the Champions Manchester United as they try and move past Sir Alex. Considering the fact that Wenger prefers playing with a lone striker, Rooney would most certainly fit the bill. Fabregas on the other hand , will be warmly welcomed back at the Emirates where he remains a firm fan favorite. Given that he formerly captained the side, he would seamlessly slot into the Arsenal mid-field.
Another mid-field player linked with Arsenal has been Everton power house Fellaini. Being a versatile player who is adept at playing both central defensive as well as offensive positions, he could prove to be a vital player. Blessed with great aerial ability and strength, he would bring some much needed steel to the mid-field. The only downside is the absence of Champions League experience, but that should not be holding back the club in his pursuit.
The remaining major transfer targets are Suarez and Higuain. Which player Wenger will acquire is yet to be seen. Either will be a major asset to the team given their previous goal scoring records. Suarez has proved to be the bright spark in an otherwise disappointing season for Liverpool as they failed to clinch a top four spot yet again. While his ability to drop deep or switch over to either flank to create a goal scoring opportunity in addition to his natural goal scoring is a huge asset to any team in the world, yet his on field antics will be on the mind of Wenger as he pursues him. Higuain on the other hand is more of an out and out striker, who performs as a target man holding up play. Also, being a poacher, he has a knack for being at the right places at the right time. In spite of all his abilities, Higuain is known to frustrate with his inconsistent finishing at times.
With a 100 million budget all the above players remain realistic targets. How many of them will be at Arsenal next season remains to be seen. One thing Gunner’s supporters can be assured of is that the club no longer needs to sell, and can finally compete with the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea in the transfer market.