Gunners go shopping!

Posted: September 7, 2011 in Sports
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New signings all round.Looks like Arsene Wenger’s bullheadedness of creating a youth team has lost substance and the man was on a holiday season shoping spree to purchase a few players and strengthen his squad. This is without a doubt the aftermath of humiliating defeat at the hands of Manchester United (2-8). If that wasn’t a wakeup call then nothing is!

Here’s a look at what came out of the shopping bag ;the big name is Mikel Arteta,the Spanish midfielder from Everton. Good signing of all of them as he will provide offense &chances for the strikers. Along with Youssi Benayoun,Arteta will serve to bridge some of that huge gap in creativity that the team has with the exit of Samir Nasri &Cesc Fabregas. But in terms of quality do not think for a second that the newcomers are of the same calibre as those who left. Benayoun joins on loan from Chelsea. Meanwhile disgruntled striker Niklas Bendtner joins Sunderland on loan, good for Gunners.

German defender Per Mertersacker who joins from Werder Bremen is certainly a handful in the air at 6.6 feet tall and he’s been added to try and rid the side of their clumsiness at defending corners and set pieces effectively. However,the side may have to play a deeper line to indemnify for his almost chronic lack of pace. Nonetheless,the Bundesliga’s almost break-neck speed of play is extremely similar to that of the Premier League and he should adjust fairly quickly. From AC Monaco comes South Korean forward Park Chu-Young (Utd’s park cousin) comes for a fee around the £2m mark and with a one in three goals to game record throughout his career and significant international experience behind him,he should prove a solid squad player.

Brazilian left-back Andre-Santos also joins Arsenal,even though Wenger had claimed that the club was well stocked at left back because they had Vermaelen,Traore and injury-plagued Kieran Gibbs to call upon. He’ll add pace and width down the flanks,even if his defensive attributes are under question. Arsenal left-back Armand Traore has joined Premier League new-boys QPR for an undisclosed fee, a bad choice may be.


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