To say this summer’s transfer window for Arsenal has been underwhelming thus far would be an understatement. A summer that promised so much has truly failed to deliver as of yet. Talk is cheap. The initial optimism and excitement felt by Arsenal fans heading into the summer transfer window had well and truly worn thin. It seems like an eternity has passed since the strong messages of intent from chief executive Ivan Gazidis and other individuals involved at the club at the end of last season. Here we are on deadline day, Arsenal still have time to bring in the quality we need. But it’s not a question of Arsenal making any signings before the deadline; it all comes down to the standard of players we will bring in. We can only hope and wait in expectation.
A Look At Arsenal’s Transfer Business So Far
With Arsenal having loaned out, sold and released a vast number of players, drafting in a couple of squad players in addition to quality signings was always going to be important.
Flamini is a worthwhile addition on a free transfer and a more than adequate squad player. An experienced, suitable and versatile option but obviously he isn’t the spectacular signing Arsenal are crying out for. Moreover, having played for Arsenal previously he knows exactly what the club is about and he is ready to slot into the team when needed. Flamini more than proved his worth for Arsenal in yet another classic North London Derby Arsenal. He was vocal from the moment he stepped on the pitch, demonstrating strong leadership qualities, a real enforcer in midfield.
Sanogo is a promising young striker and on a free transfer the risk on his potential is worth taking however, he will of course need time to settle and develop. In an ideal world Sanogo would be sent out on loan in order to gain regularly game time in order to continue to grow and develop as a footballer. With such a thin squad this just isn’t possible.
Moreover, according to Sky Sports Arsenal will sign Palermo’s Italy international goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano reportedly on a season long lead with an option to buy once the loan expires. A replacement for Mannone and competition for Szczęsny alongside Fabianski.
Furthermore, widespread reports have emerged that Arsenal are in advanced discussions to sign Mesut Ozil. Signing the world class talent that is Mesut Ozil would be quite something! Late interest from the likes of Manchester United and PSG could hamper any such deal though. We just have to keep everything crossed and just hope Wenger can pull something special out the bag.
Would A Late Move For Seydou Doumbia Make Sense?
Despite Giroud’s impressive goal scoring form Arsenal have no other strikers of a decent quality available and this is a problem that really does need addressing. Theo Walcott is not ready to lead the front line for Arsenal; Podolski is out for between 8-10 weeks with an injury and is more accustomed to playing on the wing than upfront for Arsenal. And with young talent Sanogo unproven and untried at the top level Arsenal really need to bring in another forward of decent calibre.
With a move for a world class striker proving unsuccessful this summer, turning our attentions towards a late move for 25 year old CSKA Moscow and Ivory Coast star Seydou Doumbia could be something worth looking at. Doumbia has been linked with a move to the Premier League for a number of years and a bid in the region of £20 million pounds plus may well prove enough to tempt CSKA into cashing in.
On Friday Doumbia helped CSKA to a 2-1 win, scoring a goal midway through the first half. However, the pacy African star limped off with what appeared to be a thigh injury. Depending on the seriousness of the injury this could well of course prevent Arsenal from considering making a move for the striker. Just because a player is injured this doesn’t necessarily mean a club wouldn’t look to make a move for him. Players like Giuseppe Rossi have moved clubs in the past despite being injured; in fact Rossi had a leg break and was still recovering for several months when he signed for Fiorentina in Italy. Arsenal could of course look into the player’s medical records and all the conditions before deciding whether to make a move. It is important to note, when Arteta joined Arsenal from Everton on transfer deadline day (although he wasn’t injured) there was no time for the midfielder to undertake a medical in order to complete the move.
So What Qualities Does Seydou Doumbia Possess?
Seydou Doumbia is renowned for his pace and ability to power past defenders, his link-up play is good and he has very good shooting accuracy! Widely seen as the “New Drogba” at 25 years of age Doumbia still has plenty of room for improvement. He has started this season well scoring 4 goals in 6 games for CSKA in the Russian Premier League this season. In the 2011/ 2012 season Doumbia scored a staggering 31 goals for CSKA Moscow in all competitions. Moreover, in 2011 he was voted as the Russian League’s best player. His goal record is very impressive and his pace/ power could something different to Arsenal’s attack.
In my opinion, considering a move for Doumbia would be worthwhile at the right price, especially considering the difficulties Arsenal have had when looking to bring in a World Class striker. When you look at the likes of Manchester United who have an abundance of striking options, you can’t help but feel signing more than one quality striker would be ideal. If Arsenal could sign someone like Doumbia this summer we can then look to sign a world class striker in January (if possible) or next summer. As long as we get one striker of a decent calibre we will at the very least have cover for Giroud.
Whilst, Demba Ba seems a likely target we’ll just have to wait and see.
You can watch a video of the talented CSKA star in action below:
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It is going to be one heck of a transfer deadline day! Time for Arsenal to deliver on all fronts…
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