Cesc Fabregas has returned to his boyhood club in Barcelona. The deal is reportedly worth around 35 million pounds. He isn’t the first player to exit the Emirates this summer, but he is certainly the most prominent. Fabregas’ departure leaves a big hole in the Arsenal midfielder. However, they can still challenge for a title, if they take the necessary steps.
Nasri Must Be Sold
At the beginning of the summer, I would never have thought losing two of the team’s creative players would happen. However, it looks like it may be the case. After selling Fabregas, it may seem like Arsenal cannot lose Samir Nasri. However, I see the situation as the opposite. Nasri’s situation at the club has become untenable. The fans have made their feelings known on Nasri not signing a new deal and Nasri has responded. With his refusal on a new contract, he must be let go. Man City are ready to offer cash and if Arsenal can do a swap deal like a reported one for Carlos Tevez, it would be a fantastic bit of business.
Spend The Money
Fans have been clamoring for Arsene Wenger to spend money for about six seasons now. There is no more important time than now for the checkbook to come out. Arsenal needs strengthening in several different areas. Arsenal could certainly use more depth in the back line as well as in midfield. They could even use a back-up striker. Arsenal have left their transfers late and it could cost them. Relying on Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey to take the creative role in the midfield on their shoulders is a mistake. Also, not having a back up for Alex Song may also cost them in the long run. Many want a defender, but the pairing of Thomas Vermaelen and Laurent Koscielny looked good after the first game. Arsenal definitely could use another at the back, but offensively may now be the bigger need. Nicklas Bendtner is still flirting with leaving and Marouane Chamakh’s performance have left halfway through last season. Arsenal have less than two weeks to improve the squad, but there are still options out there if Arsenal move quickly.
I am a fan of the 4-3-3 formation that Arsenal have been playing in for some years now. I feel they should continue this way, but tactically things need to be tweaked. Arsenal now have more speed on the wings with the additions of Gervinho and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as well as Theo Walcott. Arsenal needs to use this speed to their advantage and play more balls over the top. Also, I think Robin van Persie may benefit from dropping a little deeper and playing more as a playmaker.
Although Arsenal have lost players and look much weaker than the squad last season, all is not lost. If Arsene does what it necessary, Arsenal will still have a chance to lift the Premier League trophy.