It’s a busy time of year for the tabloid newspapers as January has begun with the usual flurry of transfer talk surrounding Arsenal . The Gunners must be linked with at least one new so called potential signing a day. However, this January is the first in a long time that I don’t actually think we need any new mid season reinforcements.
At the moment we have a strong starting eleven backed up with a strong bench which is full of internationals. We have players fighting for places all over the pitch. We also have players such as Kieran Gibbs coming back from injury. I think we’re in an enviable position in comparison to our rivals and that this is the strongest squad we’ve had since we won our last trophy.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t underestimate the benefits of a new signing. It provides a morale boost to both players and supporters and can potentially improve the quality of the team. Yet, this season has revealed a number of world class players at Arsenal who have emerged from their shells. Samir Nasri has been particularly impressive this season and Theo Walcott has added composure to his game. I can’t help but consider that a new quality signing would hinder the development of such young players who are still in their shells, waiting for their chance in the first team.
Like the majority of Arsenal fans, I too have players who I think should be sold. But, we have no bad players. Every member of our squad can put in a shift for us and unless Wenger sells someone, I don’t think a new signing is necessary in the short term. As for the long term, our youngsters seem to have got that covered.