The big news of Arsenal’s summer has undoubtedly been the capture of winger Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona, with the Chilean international set to add a more direct threat to a midfielder who are very neat and tidy but lack thrust without Theo Walcott. The chance to have both Walcott and Sanchez in the same team, once the Englishman returns from injury, should be a very exciting one for supporters.
Bacary Sagna has been suitably replaced by international teammate Mathieu Debuchy, from Newcastle United, whilst goalkeeper David Ospina should provide good competition for number one Wojciech Szczesny. Teenager Calum Chambers, signed from Southampton, is an emerging talent who will provide cover across the back line. Arsenal have also managed to go a summer without losing a key player – both Sagna and captain Thomas Vermaelen, who has joined Barcelona, should be replaced fairly comfortably. Wenger could, perhaps, still do with a defensive midfielder and a striker to really put pressure on Olivier Giroud, but overall it has been a fine summer for the club.