Arsenal must improve their squad if they’re to stamp their authority in terms of challenging for honours this season. As it stands, the North London (6th – level on points with Liverpool and Burnley, SHOCK!) outfit are a massive 12 points adrift of leaders, Manchester City. Arsene Wenger’s side have a hill to climb if they’re to claw back at the deficit!
As far as transfers are concerned, a report was covered about Arsene Wenger claiming to table an offer to sign Crystal Palace striker, Wilfried Zaha in January (The Sun). I’m not so sure about this to be honest. He seems a like a good player and I assume he would be hard-working (should he sign), but given his mere two league appearances (with the other two coming in the Community Shield, and League Cup) at Manchester United, I’m not so sure. His “failed” stint at Old Trafford wasn’t entirely his fault given that he was signed in January 2013 (whilst Sir Alex Ferguson was at the club), but made his debut for the club when David Moyes took charge. With Wenger at the helm until 2019, we shall not see the same error made.
The Ivorian player is not the only attacking player in the minds of Arsenal fans, (and maybe Wenger), as another player that has been named as a possible transfer is France striker, Nabil Fekir. A report from Daily Star suggested that Arsenal are closing in on a deal to sign Fekir from Ligue 1 outfit Olympique Lyonnais.
Fekir is a CAM (central attacking midfielder) and its been said that he has got what it takes to replace Mesut Ozil at the Emirates.
By looking at his statistics, we can see that he is a fairly efficient player. This season, he has contributed to 14 goals, 11 goals and three assists in just 11 league appearances.
In stark contrast, Zaha has made just five appearances but has managed to score two goals. I’m sure he’ll get better, but time is against him as he’s at an age where he should arguably be in his prime.
The Gunners are reportedly ready to offload “transfer rebels” Ozil and Alexis Sanchez in the upcoming transfer window in a deal that’s said to be worth £60 million in order to sign the services of Fekir. (Daily Star)