The Sanchez signing is obviously great for the club. Not simply because he’s a top player. But also because it proves, after years of austerity, that Arsenal are ready to compete with the big boys in the transfer market once more.
But it doesn’t necessarily clear up Arsenal’s main problems. Yes they needed another striker and Sanchez could fill that role as well as playing in his more natural position out wide. But you have to say that Arsenal’s major weakness over the last 8 years has not been going forward but keeping goals out against the big boys at the other end.
The humbling against Liverpool may be seen as a one off but Arsenal do tend to capitulate against the top sides. They need more strength in their spine. They need a brute of a central midfielder and some may think that Arsenal should have spent their money on addressing this issue first.
The defence looks pretty good and Wojciech Szczęsny has just had his best season in goal for Arsenal. But we still think they can improve that area of the park. If Arsenal are going to get to the latter stages of The Champions League next season we think that they need a really established and commanding presence in between the sticks.
And, to this end, the bargain of the summer could be Petr Cech. It may seem an unlikely move, but with Thibaut Courtois likely to return to Stamford Bridge this summer and the club also reportedly making a bid for another keeper we think Cech will almost certainly be moving on this summer.
He’s been linked with a move abroad but we think Arsenal should snap him up. At just 32 years of age he will have a point to prove if he is given the cold shoulder by his club and could provide one of the final pieces of the jigsaw in an Arsenal title pursuit.
If Courtois does take the number one spot in West London there will be a top keeper available with years of Premier League experience. We think that Wojciech Szczęsny is an excellent keeper but that the presence and class of Cech could get Arsenal over the line next season.
Let’s see some Cech highlights. Arsenal fans: keen?