Arsene Wenger is faced with quite a balancing act as he looks for new players to bring into the Arsenal team. Let’s not worry for now whether the Frenchman will change his ways and start spending money. I assume he is well aware that the Arsenal fans are expecting some big name signings and will not be content with a few unheard of youngsters.
The top players, however, will have other big clubs after them, as we have already seen with Juventus, Higuain and Jovetic. These players will be thinking about big wages and trophies, so might see Arsenal as a risk. The players who want to come to Arsenal may not be the quality that Wernger is looking for, so we need to find a balance.
Younes Belhanda of Montpellier and Etienne Capoue of Toulouse may just be the answer. They both seem keen on a move to the English Premier League, while Wenger is reportedly keen on both. They are both young players who could be expected to improve and are both full internationals, but are they what we are looking for?
Capoue is the type of technically gifted and strong defensive midfielder that could be a long term replacement for Abou Diaby, whose place in the France national team he has now taken. He wants to leave his French club and wants Champions League football, which gives Arsenal the edge over his other main suitor, Tottenham. This is the most important position that Wenger needs to fill this summer, though, and he really needs to get it right.
Belhanda is more of an attacking minded midfielder, but he is also very versatile. He definitely wants to join Arsenal and his former team mate Olivier Giroud is trying to mediate between him and the club. He can play in the middle, but also on the wings, which is an area we need to strengthen, but is he good enough? There is only one man who can decide that.