Posted on Sunday, 19th August 2012 by Tony Merakli
So both Robin van Persie and Alex Song have both departed and because of this we now have £39 million to spend – unless this sum is going straight into the club’s vault!
Arsene Wenger has already said that the club have ‘already recruited to replace him’ – obviously referring to Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud – so another striker coming into the club does not look plausible.
Santi Cazorla has been brought in to fill the creativity void left by Cesc Fabregas last summer and with Tomas Rosicky still at the club, it doesn’t look like Wenger will look to bolster this department either.
The central part of our defence looks pretty solid, but perhaps strengthening the full-back positions would be ideal as we are short of cover in my opinion.
We still don’t have a goalkeeper at the club who can challenge Wojciech Szczesny and with Song gone; signing a replacement is a must
So how should Wenger look to splash out £39 million?
Well this is how I would spend it:
Firstly, I would like to see Jack Butland of Birmingham City come in to challenge Woj for the number one spot.
The 19-year-old is a bright prospect for the future and showed what he is capable of this summer in London. He would definitely keep Shezza on his toes.
Southampton had a £6 million bid rejected by Birmingham for Butland and manager Lee Clark admitted that it would take a ‘crazy’ offer for him to consider selling the young Englishman. I’m guessing a bid in the region of £8-10 million would do the trick.
We could easily afford to snap up one of these four players and anyone of them could fill Song’s boots in my opinion.
Sahin would cost us nothing, as the Turk would be coming in on a season-long loan.
M’Vila can be signed if we offer Rennes £16-17 million, while Capoue would cost half of what M’Vila is priced at, and Lucas Biglia is valued at £12 million by Anderlecht.
We have been linked with a move for Swansea’s Angel Rangel in the last few days, which would bolster this area but I don’t think the Spaniard would suit Arsenal. If it was up to me, I would make a move for his team-mate Neil Taylor. He can play either side of the defence, is 23 and is solid in his position.
Taylor could easily fit into our team and would suit our style of football. He would make a great understudy to Bacary Sagna and give the French full-back a run for his money. In addition, I reckon we could acquire the Welshman for around £5-6 million.
So that’s approximately £16 million for both Butland and Taylor, leaving £23 million to splash out on one, maybe even two of the abovementioned midfielders.
So that’s how I would spend the cash, but what would you guys do with £39 million if you were in Wenger’s shoes?
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