Date: 15th September 2013 at 1:00pm
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Alan Smith believes the capture of Mesut Ozil has lifted everyone at the club, but it does not solve their problems:

‘The signing of Mesut Ozil has lifted everyone at the football club. It’s lifted the fans and taken a bit of the heat off Arsene Wenger.

‘They do need more than that though and it doesn’t solve all their problems though.’

I for one completely agree with Alan Smith. It has certainly given the fans and the team a lift and seeing how the German played yesterday against Sunderland, where he won the Man of The Match award and was happy to set up his team-mates, he can become a huge player for the club in years to come.

The other side to what Smithy said was that we do need more and I think it’s blatantly obvious that we need more depth. While it was great to see Thomas Vermaelen return from injury we now have Santi Cazorla visiting the treatment room – it never rains but it pours at Arsenal.

I would still like to see Arsenal spend in January, purchasing at least one defender and a quality striker. Also, in time, making Emiliano Viviano’s loan deal permanent, if he proves his worth. A striker is one of the biggest things we need. Despite Olivier Giroud’s goals so far we need a quality player to play along side him.

Ozil may not solve our problems as Smith said, but his arrival has shown that we can still attract the big-names and certainly strengthened our attack. And hopefully (in January) we can bring in a few more new faces and finally solve our problems once and for all.