Transfer Window Analysis: Arsenal

Gonzalo Higuain looks set for a move to Arsenal

It's time to check in on the Gunners. Will they back up the big talk with some big signings?

"Higuain or Rooney could grace the Emirates turf next season to give Arsenal that cutting edge that they lacked at times last season."

Will they have much to spend?
This is the eternal question which leaves most Gunners' fans fuming. Unlike nearly every other club in English football, Arsenal's ownership is considerably different. Arsenal is owned by parent company Arsenal Holdings, which in turn is split between shareholders. Rival tycoons, American Stan Kroenke (66.6 %) and Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov (29.11%) own the majority stakes which makes the business of sanctioning transfers a complicated issue. However, unlike previous summers, chief executive Ivan Gazidis has publically stated that Arsenal are now ready to "escalate their spending" as a result of paying off their new stadium, hinting that £70 million will be made available to Arsene Wenger.

Have they done any business yet?
While Arsenal have been heavily linked with a big money move to bring Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain to the Emirates, at the moment no deal has yet been brokered. Reports have also linked the Gunners with a sensational move to pluck wantaway striker Wayne Rooney away from Manchester United, though Higuain remains their principal target. Meanwhile, Andrey Arshavin, Denilson and Sebastien Squillaci are all leaving the club with their contracts expiring this month.

What do they need?
Even though Arsenal have a good deal of 'forwards' at the club who can operate out wide, they certainly need someone to give competition to Olivier Giroud in that lone striker role. Giroud may have settled fairly well, notching 17 goals in his first season, but another world class striker is paramount to any title ambitions - currently rated at 12.011/1. Elsewhere, a new goalkeeper to give the often overconfident Wojciech Szczesny competition would be a shrewd move as would the pursuit of a recognised defensive midfielder in the mould of Alex Song, whom they have filed to replace.

Who would be a good fit?
Higuain or Rooney could grace the Emirates turf next season to give Arsenal that cutting edge that they lacked at times last season. In light of Liverpool signing Sunderland stopper Simon Mignolet, a bid for Pepe Reina should be entertained too. Although, Everton moulded Marouane Fellaini into a more attacking figure at Goodison Park, the former Standard Liege man started life as a defensive midfielder. His physical presence and ability to break up play could make him the perfect fit for Arsene Wenger's side. Fellaini is currently 2.47/5 to end the transfer window at Everton.

Is there anyone they'll struggle to keep?
After forming a formidable central defensive partnership with Per Mertesacker in the final third of the season, it was surprising to see Laurent Koscielny stating that he may have to leave Arsenal when the season finished. However, a subsequent enquiry form Bayern Munich has since led the Frenchman to reiterate his commitment to the Gunners and he should line-up again this season. Wenger may well lose Vito Mannone to Sunderland, while Johan Djourou and Nicklas Bendtner look Bundesliga-bound.

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