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Welbeck Closes Arsenal's Transfer Window

Welbeck Closes Arsenal's Transfer Window

The signing of England International Danny Welbeck brings Arsenal's outlay this summer to some £82m. Since Kroenke took control the club has spent something in the order of £235m in 4 years. The spending this summer brings in Alexis Sanchez, Mathieu Debuchy, Calum Chambers and David Ospina in addition to Welbeck.

While this seems to address supporters primary concerns about the depth our attack last season Wenger had suggested we were low on numbers in defence. In fact it's much the same as last season with Chambers now replacing Vermaelen and Debuchy in for Sagna when Vermaelen struggled to get a game. With Flamini able to cover both full backs slots and Monreal fulfilling the Koscielny role adequately at times in pre season we should be ok. With the options for back up risking a move into Squillaci/Silvestre territory it probably makes sense to keep resources back to be able to take advantage of any genuine opportunity that may present itself later.

The excitement of any transfer fades quickly enough and no matter how many players are brought in nor how much is spent we'll probably always be considered by many to be two players short of world dominance but it looks as though some good business has been done by the club this summer. Now there's just football to look forward to until the next transfer window when the circus kicks off all over again and we are once more linked with Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.

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Date:Tuesday September 2 2014
Time: 10:24AM


Very good summary, Amos. And a point well made about our spending - now that we have the money. When we didn't have it, we didn't spend it. Simples.
02/09/2014 11:38:00
Nobody can seriously think we have adequate cover in defence. Gross mismanagement by the old fool.
02/09/2014 12:22:00
We had adequate cover in defence last season with the same numbers but Wenger was accused of mismanagement when we had Squillaci or Silvestre or Cygan or Senderos or Djourou as back ups. In fact take a look at the back ups for the Invincibles!
02/09/2014 12:46:00
A circus it may be, but it's one we're part of and something that we needed to use to take advantage of the money we have, no matter how distasteful you may find it. I completely disagree that we 'should be ok' defensively, we're one long term knock away to either of the CBs from being up **** creek, using Flamini as adequate cover is a paradox in itself, he's below the level required. We're doing what we always do and gamble on the key players staying fit all season, when the last time that happened was a decade ago.
02/09/2014 12:51:00
Transfers took place long before transfer windows. Transfers are not always distasteful but the circus is. Sky didn't invent transfers they just appointed themselves ringmasters with a good portion of supporters and the media providing the performance to the crack of their whip. We're ok defensively if we don't get long term injuries (though Vermaelen was injured for a good part of last season) but even if we'd brought someone else in just to make up the numbers we probably wouldn't be much better off than playing Monreal at CB for a while. But waht happens if you get more than one long term injury and end up playing someone like Carrick and Fletcher at CB as ManU did despite having a lorryload of CBs at the time. It happens. There're no guarantees and no optimum number in a squad that's restricted in size and make up anyway.
02/09/2014 13:02:00
We are ok defensivly if we dont get a long term injury.....thats exactly wjhat we get in abundance every season becasue some players are run into the ground. And that happens because we dont have cover in plce for rest.
02/09/2014 13:10:00
And god help us with Arteta and Flamini as our defensive midfielders, the one position I beleive we where seriously lacking more than any other.
02/09/2014 13:11:00
It doesn't matter who we buy we'll always be lacking, seriously or otherwise depending on your perspective, more in one position than another. Every supporter of every club has their own idea of what the weak spots are. Truth is they're always there in every squad.
02/09/2014 13:31:00
Very true, Amos.

@eldondo - don't be so rude. Whatever your criticisms of AW, or however ill-informed and irrational you choose to be, you should be aware that he has done enough for this football club to deserve your respect.

02/09/2014 13:57:00
FG It's a forum & a free country we've all said it down the line in the last 19 odd years.
Chippy Brady
02/09/2014 14:27:00
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