A lot of Arsenal fans will already be thinking, perhaps with some real concern, that Arsene Wenger has already finished with his dealing in the transfer market during the winter window. We have yet to see the new signing in action but it does appear that just like last year when the Frenchman signed the Brazilian centre back Gabriel in January, Wenger has identified the part of the pitch where Arsenal are most in need of strengthening and done something about it.
Some Arsenal fans think that the boss should do the same with our front line and sign another striker, but former Arsenal centre forward Alan Smith thinks that the lack of top quality strikers available as well as the imminent return to match fitness of the England international Danny Welbeck means that is very unlikely to happen.
He also explained to Sky Sports why he thinks the Gunners do not really need to sign any more forwards, or any more players at all for that matter. The TV pundit has confidence that the talent available to Wenger in the Arsenal dressing room is enough and that the stronger team ethic and resilience on show over the last year or so means that the Gunners have the tools to win the Premier League without spending any more money this month.
Smith said, “Danny Welbeck is apparently only three weeks away and that will help them if he comes back in the kind of form he is capable of.
“Any manager would love to get in a world-class player to give the dressing room a lift, but it’s so difficult and I don’t think it’s going to happen.
“I think they’ve got enough. They didn’t have (Mesut) Ozil or (Alexis) Sanchez at Stoke and they were able to cope with that, and they’re due back soon so they’re not far off full strength.
“I think those are two good draws at Liverpool and Stoke. I know they could have won it easily at Anfield but in years gone by, they would have lost that game at Stoke.
“They didn’t use to be able to grind out those draws and wins in the difficult games. When they’re not at the top of the game and not playing that lovely football that we’re used to, they can get results.
“That’s the stuff of champions and you’ve got to have that if you’re going to win the league. That resilience will please Arsene Wenger.”
Do you agree with our former centre forward?