Over the last 48 hours the transfer window has become a better place for most Arsenal fans. As the fans await the impending arrivals of Lucas Perez and Shkrodan Mustafi pundits and journalists have not been shy in giving their opinion on the latest recruits.
The latest remarks which have appeared on social media come from The Sun journalist Charlie Wyett who tweeted
“Arsenal have now spent nearly £100m on players and not a world-class player in sight. Terrible management by Wenger. Top 4 at best”
This is not a dig at Mr Wyett as most journalist and pundits have come to this conclusion. Firstly, the definition of world class will differ from person to person which means any tweet of remark can be viewed differently. For example, there are only ten really world class players in my opinion which means the rest are just very good and that includes the £96 million acquisition Paul Pogba.
Although Xhaka, Mustafi, Perez are not considered world class players they are very good players and it is pointless comparing signing to other teams. For example, Darren Fletcher on the BBC compared the signing of Lucas Perez to Manchester United’s summer spending. Firstly, Manchester United needed to spend big to catch up with Arsenal as Arsenal finished three places above them. Let’s take the example of Henrik Mkhitaryan is he any better than Ӧzil? The answer to that is no meaning they have not advanced in that area.
Mustafi may not be a world class player as some pundits would put it but that doesn’t mean he is a bad defender. When I asked Raphael Honigstein this who watches German football he replied to me by saying “he's very solid. decent CB.”
Therefore, this should be an upgrade on what Arsenal already have. This point Honigstein did agree with me.
Perez may not be the centre forward every fan wanted but he must be a decent player if Barcelona were tracking him. If reports in Spain are to be believed then he actually turned down Barcelona as he was already in negotiations with Arsenal. Again if he is good enough for Barcelona why not Arsenal? Yes he may not be the same player as Zlatan but that is the only area united have improved. Let’s give the player a chance as the same journalists were writing Vardy off before last season.
Over recent seasons Arsenal have been accused of having a lack of leaders from many pundits as well as stating they need a centre back, defensive midfield and centre forward. All of these have been addressed this summer once the deals have been concluded as well as adding leaders onto the pitch. Xhaka a solid defensive midfield which many pundits miss when they are trying to drive their agenda. Experts from Germany have all agreed he is a leader and will bring those attributes to the midfield as well as not being afraid to put a tackle in.
Mustafi, captain of Valencia is also known to be another leader which again will improve Arsenal.
Overall, Arsenal may not have signed any world class players on perception but they have added what they have needed. Every position which pundits have moaned about have been filled and leaders have been added. The fans need to get behind the new boys and hope they prove everyone wrong. Finally, if pundits are still moaning then they must have an agenda because let’s face it there has not been one world class addition to the premier league this year.
Arsenal need a leader, let us hope one of the new recruits may also fill that role. But at least he has put his hand in his pocket to try and strengthen!