Friday, 22 April 2011

If Bendtner leaves who will Arsene Wenger's big money signing be?

Arsene Wenger has admitted that Arsenal have the required cash to make a big summer signing if he desired.

The Daily Telegraph and the Arsenal Supporters Trust both believe Wenger had £40m at his disposal last summer.

Asked if the Gunners had the money reported, the Arsenal manager did not confirm the figure but did suggested he had the cash available if he wanted to spend money on a player. 

Wenger said:
"Is [that] available? Frankly I don't know. We have not completely checked out our financial position. The only thing I can say is that the club is in a healthy financial situation and, if needed, we can make a big transfer."
However those expecting a mass exodus of players from the first team squad will be left disappointed.
Wenger added:
"No I don't [expect a busy summer] at all. The team is 23 years-old [on average] so why should we expect to have a huge turnover at the end of the season?"
I expect there to be a handful of players leaving the club at the end of the season. Anything more than five players moving away would be a great exception to everything which has happened in previous summers.

It is obvious to many that certain players have failed to develop or live up to their potential.

One area I expect a signing to be made is in our forward line. I would be surprised to see Nicklas Bendtner in the first team squad next season.

Personally I believe he will turn into an excellent player but I doubt with the current formation that will happen at Arsenal.

Arsene Wenger has chosen not to use him at the pinnacle of our attack, even when he's brought on as a late substitute, preferring to play Robin van Persie as the man who leads the line.

This is arguably Bendtner's best position within the team.

The Danish international has spoken of his frustration of not being a first team player and this is the second season he's raised such complaints.

If he doesn't leave in the summer, I would be very surprised.

Marouane Chamakh has proved he's able to perform at this level but has yet to be seen in the second half of the season on a consistent basis.

Whether that is because of his adaptation to the league has come to a shuddering halt through exhaustion, problems with his personal life have caused issues with his performances on the pitch or Robin van Persie's goalscoring form have meant he's not been given playing time only Arsene Wenger knows.

But I don't expect the Moroccan to leave the club after one season after Arsene Wenger spent so long tracking his man before eventually signing him on a free transfer.

Carlos Vela will be back from his loan spell at West Brom and it will be interesting to see how he fits into Arsene Wenger's plan.

He has bags of talents but his attitude and desire is lacking. Maybe his spell on loan has toughened him up.

I do think we are missing a player who can bully defenders in the mould of Emmanuel Adebayor or Didier Drogba.

However this striker would have to fit into our current 4-2-3-1 formation if Arsene Wenger is to persist with it next season.

The other area we are lacking in a forward line player is pace. Only Theo Walcott possesses the true speed that causes defenders concerns.

Our new forward would have to have pace, body strength and a good return in goals. Ideally he would be 24 years-old plus and have already won league titles and cups.

I have no idea on names.... Who would you sign?

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