Arsene Wenger has finally overcome his transfer market jinx of not spending enough money for his recruits by confirming two major signings for Arsenal just as the Summer transfer window is about to come to an end.The Gunners moved on Thursday to trigger a 17 million release clause for Deportivo La Coruna striker Lucas Perez, while British media then reported that evening that the club had also agreedto a 35m fee for Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi.
Wenger confirms Lucas Perez and Shkodran Mustafi have been signed pic.twitter.com/2vVasO3ngk
— Arsenal News (@TheAfcWay) August 27, 2016
With Arsenal cruising to their first victory of the Premier League Campaign, a 3-1 victory against Watford, two new signings will be a welcome sign for especially the fans who have been quite displeased with the Arsenal manager’s signing decisions.
How will the two new signings impact Wenger’s squad?
The German professional footballer who played as acentral defender formerly for Spanish club Valencia CF and the Germany national team. According to Wenger’s potential strategy,Mustafi will add experience to the back four after Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista were both injured, forcing Wenger to start 20-year-old Rob Holding in the Gunners’ first three games. While Holding has impressed, Mustafi is likely to form a central defence partnership with Laurent Koscielny going forward. With the Gunners about to face PSG in the Champions League group stages, Wenger will concentrate heavily on his side’s defensive line-up which has been a major concern for him in past seasons.
Wenger’s attempts to sign a second striker miserably failed all summer and he finally settled on Deportivo striker Lucas Perez after failing to sign Jamie Vardy or Alexandre Lacazette.Perez offers a different playing style to Giroud as he relies more on his pace than size, and can be dangerous outside the area as well as in the box. While Perez was relatively unknown before his breakthrough last season, Wenger has called him a late bloomer who has benefited from being converted into a striker late in his career. He will fill in on the left should Sanchez need a break and could also play as a secondary striker with Giroud. Lucas is fast and full of energy, whether playing out wide or centrally he will hassle defenders and look to play off the last man. Though he is technically weak when it comes to aerial balls, he might prove to be quite an effective signing going forward.The 27-year-old Perez scored 17 goals in the Spanish league last season, adding eight assists.
Considered one of the Premier League giants, Arsenal has failed to yield significant results and a large section of fans blame it on Wenger and his miserly approach when it comes to the transfer market. Now that he has made a couple of signings that cost the club close to 5o million pounds, it will be left to see how these two additions impact the club and whether a Premier League title is waiting to be taken by the Gunners.