This transfer window has been quite spectacular for some, and a dull one for others – Looking at you Real Madrid. Fees past the €100 million range being quoted for Pogba, Bayern getting Hummels and Higuain becoming the third most expensive player ever, this transfer window has been nothing short of jaw dropping at times.
But now reports are coming in that Arsenal are looking to sign Mustafi and Lacazette. Arsenal have long been one of the richest clubs in the world. But up until recently, Wenger has kept mostly quiet in the transfer market, with the exception of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil. These two players have propelled Arsenal back to where we should be in the creating chances department – Sanchez is a proven goal scorer as well. Where we lack quality is up front, and with an aging back line – Yes, you Mertesacker – it’s easy to understand why Wenger is pushing hard for these two transfers.
Recently Arsene Wenger was quoted as saying –
“The price of a player is down to four ingredients; one is the talent, two is his age, three is how much you expect him to improve your team, and four is his resale value. If he ticks all four boxes then the price is not that important. You have to find the player.”
If he really believes this, then they are surely buying Lacazette and Mustafi. Both check off on those four ingredients. Both are undoubtedly talented. Both are young. Both are definite improvements, to the point that they would most likely be integrated into the starting 11. Both are young, so the resale value – why would you sell these two – on them is unquestionable.
So how would this affect the rest of the team? Well for one thing, with Lacazette up top, all the chances created by Ozil and Sanchez are sure to result into a large amount of goals. They both rank in the top echelon of chances created, yet Giroud only scored 16 goals last season. Albeit he was injured for some of the season. With Lacazette we will have the depth needed to make a title push.
I would expect to see Per Mertesacker become a bench warmer if Wenger brings in Mustafi. Mertesacker has been a Gunner through and through for many years now, but his height and age is really beginning to slow him down now. We all know the pace and power needed to compete in the Premier League, and with Wenger’s tactics centered around possession and a high line with the fullbacks getting forward as much as possible, Mertesacker is finding it harder and harder each season to cope. If he doesn’t leave this season – IF they acquire Mustafi – he is surely leaving next season, or he will be seeing more of the bench.
If Arsenal pull these two signing off, and you include their new signing Granit Xhaka, this team could potentially not only be Premier League winners, but serious Champions League contenders.