If the Emirates Stadium side brought in this duo then their chances of attaining significant silverware would dramatically increase.
Arsenal fans will no doubt be happy to see Arsene Wenger invest decent sums of money in the current transfer window, not least as for once this hasn’t been coupled with the need to sell key players in order to balance the books.
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However there are obvious ‘problem’ areas in his Emirates Stadium squad and these are issues that the Gunners boss would do well to address before the window slams shut for fear that a failure to do so could well bring an end to the club’s Premier League title challenge.
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It’s a glaring area of concern for fans of the north London club and it’s a situation that Wenger is still to address as his current options in the role are frankly not up to scratch.
Last term Mikel Arteta struggled for form and was guilty of a number of silly errors and frequently overrun, similarly Mathieu Flamini has his fair share of shortcomings. The Frenchman is a fiery performer but is arguably past his best and whilst there has been talk of using new signing Calum Chambers in such a role it’s a gamble Wenger would be wise to avoid.
Arsenal have been linked with a host of potential signings for the role including Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho and Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin but the player Wenger should secure is Real Madrid star Sami Khedira.
The 27 year old is a proven performer of the highest order and the time is right to make a real push to capture the German international.
The Bernabeu star has just a year to run on his current contract and as such the Spanish giants are in a very vulnerable situation as they will have to consider offers for the former Stuttgart man for fear of losing the player on a free transfer in a year’s time.
The presence of Khedira’s close friend Mesut Ozil, and his fellow national team colleagues Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski, would surely also aid a push to bring in the box to box performer.
Khedira missed most of last term but returned from injury to play his part in Real Madrid’s Champions League winning triumph before then being a crucial member of Joachim Low’s World Cup winner campaign.
Yes Arsenal have signed Barcelona’s Alexis Sanchez, who can play either out wide or in a central striking role, but Wenger would do well to bring in further striking additions as he simply doesn’t have all that much in the way of options in the final third.
Last term Olivier Giroud was overworked and is perhaps a tad too one-dimensional as the spearhead of the Arsenal attack and the player who Wenger could sign to improve on the French forward is AC Milan’s Mario Balotelli.
Arsenal have been consistently linked with an apparent interest in the 23 year old Italian, though Arsene Wenger has been at pains to say he is not interested, but nonetheless the former Man City man would be an ideal addition to his squad.
Balotelli is of course well known for his off field antics and occasional on field outbursts but beyond all that the San Siro marksman is a consistent goal-scoring weapon.
Since moving back to Milan in January 2013 Balotelli has scored 26 goals in 43 Serie A appearances, this for a side who has been on the slide, and his proven Premier League credentials are yet more weight to the case for Arsenal to make their interest in the striker known.
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