Arsenal Transfer Moves Show A New Ambition
What a difference a trophy and new kit sponsorship deal can make.
Last summer, Arsenal fans were made to agonize until the very last day of the transfer window for a known entity to arrive.
When Arsenal captured Mesut Ozil after the Gareth Bale dominoes finished falling, it sent millions of Gooners across the globe into ecstasy, and signaled a new era of ambition from boss Arsene Wenger.
Wenger finally splashed the cash on a finished product, and despite a major dip in Ozil’s form during the last two-thirds of the season; the signing made all the difference for players and fans alike.
The past few days have further proven that the FA Cup victory has reignited the French manager and has stoked the fire in his belly to push on for another Premier League title.
The signing of Alexis Sanchez and the probable signing Mathieu Debuchy signify a shift in Wenger’s evaluation of his squad. It’s clear that he believes securing a few vital missing pieces will guarantee that the team rejoins the ranks of legitimate title contenders; that the time is right to spend and contend with the big boys.
Yet despite writing big checks for the Chilean and the Frenchman, a gaping hole in the roster still exists.
A holding midfield player must be the focus of Wenger’s next bit of business.
Is he willing to make Sami Khedira the club’s top earner?
Let’s hope so.
The signing of a world-class striker cannot be understated, and replacing Bacary Sagna with an experienced defender seems more appropriate than blooding a new prospect considering this may be the last contract for Wenger.
Things are looking up.
For the first summer in recent memory, it is Arsenal that have signed a player from Barcelona at the peak of his prowess, it is Arsenal that have recruited international talent from a league rival, a welcome change from seeing our biggest stars so often sold these past nine years.
But Khedira’s signing would represent something bigger and much more important than both Ozil and Sanchez (and Debuchy) combined.
Capturing the combative and extremely talented German would add a box-to-box presence in the center of the park that has been missing since Patrick Vieira departed for Juventus.
Vieira’s last kick in an Arsenal shirt was after winning the FA Cup in 2005.
Signing Khedira a few month's on from last season’s FA Cup triumph, and some nine years after losing the Arsenal talisman, would bring the universe back into balance and ensure order will be restored.
It would be a fitting conclusion to a near decade of darkness and one more positive step into the new era.