Emirates club need reinforcements.
Following the £35million departure of Cesc Fabregas and the rather inauspicious start to the 2011/12 season, Arsenal are in major need for new arrivals.
The goalkeeping situation seems to have sorted itself out with Wojciech Szczesny making the position his own, but the defence still causes problems.
A centre-back is needed to add organisation and add depth with fitness concerns over Johan Djourou and Thomas Vermaelen.
The left-back position is also in need of looking at with Kieran Gibbs injury-prone and Armand Traore untested. Vermaelen, although capable, is wasted there and is needed more in the middle.
Fabregas’ exit and Samir Nasri’s possible switch to Manchester City has left a creative void in the middle with a playmaker and winger now wanted.
Robin van Persie is a quality striker but too much is dependent on him. Marouane Chamakh is average and delivers little goal threat. Nicklas Bendtner has his critics but is likely to be sold.
So Arsene Wenger should be very busy for the next two weeks otherwise the club he has built could come crashing down around him.
We give him in a hand in selecting 10 realistic signings he could make to strengthen his title ambitions.
Mamadou Sakho (PSG) – position: centre-back/left-back; price: £18m
The French international could be the answer to all of Arsenal’s defensive problems. His versatility means he could solve the problems at centre-half and on the left, hence Wenger could buy two players in one. The 21-year-old is captain of the Ligue 1 side showing he has great leadership and organisational skills. One problem could be that PSG do not exactly need to cash in on him.