Lack of Activity in Transfer Market Could Hurt Gunners: A Fan’s Take

Arsenal have struggled since the turn of the New Year. The Gunners have three successive defeats in the league and two FA Cup wins, namely an exciting comeback victory over Aston Villa in the FA Cup. Although, Thierry Henry was a winter transfer window signing and does have one game-winning goal to his credit, it may not be enough to push Arsenal into a Champions League spot.

Any Arsenal fan can guarantee the reason Arsenal didn’t spend money. The Gunners were having players returning from injuries and the Africa Cup of Nations as well as the young kids needing to play. While all that is reasonable, Arsenal were still lacking in some areas even after their summer flurry.

Arsenal could have really used a striker. Robin van Persie cannot be the only one scoring goals, which has really been the case. Marouane Chamakh doesn’t instill confidence and Henry is only temporary. Arsene Wenger must think that goals will eventually come from players like Theo Walcott, Gervinho and the midfield.

The midfield is certainly an area I would have liked to see strengthened. Jack Wilshere was slated to return soon, but he has now had a setback. With the setback so close to the end of January, it does make it hard to find a replacement. However, a loan deal like Yossi Benayoun’s would have been perfect. Aaron Ramsey, Mikel Arteta and Alex Song can’t be run into the ground. Ramsey especially has already shown signs of fatigue in his last few performances. Also, Arteta’s importance to the team was evidenced in the teams play in his absence through injury and they can ill afford to lose him for another extended period of time.

One good thing for Arsenal is that the defense is slowly coming back together. Bacary Sagna has recently returned from his broken leg. Also Kieran Gibbs is close to returning, which means Thomas Vermaelen can take up his regular center back position.

Personally, I still think Arsenal will just nick fourth place. However, just finishing fourth isn’t what the Gunners should be hoping for. With a few additions in this window, they would have been an even deeper and stronger squad. Hopefully, what they have is enough because no Champions League next season would be disastrous.

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