It’s already an altogether less rushed and more successful transfer window for Arsenal compared to last summer.
Alexis Sanchez, David Ospina, Mathieu Debuchy and Calum Chambers (TBC) have come through the door in an impressive bout of spending.
At the start of the summer many Arsenal fans would have said that the club most needed another forward and a really strong presence in central midfield.
It would be easy to argue that they have brought in a top forward in the shape of Alexis Sanchez. He’s obviously a winger by trade but can play through the centre to devastating effect, as we regularly saw at The World Cup. With him and Theo Walcott more than capable of helping out Olivier Giroud, the need for another striker is less pressing now.
But it doesn’t take a highly paid Frenchman to work out that Arsenal need more muscle in the middle.
You do hope and also sense that Arsenal are keeping some of the gunpowder dry in order to make another big signing – a midfield general.
We all know about the Sami Khedira to Arsenal hype. That one may still happen. But if Arsenal are prepared to pay the money then there may be a better, and certainly longer term, solution available out there.
There have been reports of late that Arsenal have made a bid for the brilliant Portuguese midfielder William Carvalho. These reports have helped to make Arsenal favourites to sign the player with bookmaker Skybet at odds of 1/1 – evens.
Manchester United have long been favourites for his signature with the bookmaker, but Arsenal have come in of late and could now be in pole position to sign The Octopus.
As usual, with Arsenal, it all comes down to whether they are prepared to pay the asking price. The player seems available and gettable if Arsenal shell out the requisite cash.
We think that this guy could go on to become a leader for Arsenal. He’s got everything and, even at 21, makes the game look easy in the same way as Cesc did at his best – time on the ball and a great passer who loves his one and two touch football. But he’s also strong in the tackle and disciplined in front of the back 5.
Let’s see him in action. Arsenal fans: an even better purchase than Khedira?