Is Arsene Wenger Changing His Ways After Signings Of Giroud and Podolski?

He’d been linked to Bayern Munich, the Champions League Finalists twice over the last three years, over the last few months. Instead he’s found himself at the Emirates. Last season’s Ligue 1 top goal scorer, with a Ligue 1 championship medal around his neck, Oliver Giroud has left the sunny city of Montpellier for the windy chill of North London. The striker, who was part of the French squad during the European Championship, is now part of the ever-growing French contingent at Arsenal for the tune of £13 million pounds. This is the second signing during the off-season by Arsene Wenger following the arrival of German Lukas Podolski (for £10,900,000) and yet there is a different feeling in regards to these signings.

While Giroud and Podolski are not star names, they are in fact big names. Podolski has been Germany’s Golden Boy for years now, with many waiting for his potential to be fully realized. A star on the international stage, he has struggled at club level, yet everyone knows of Podolski. Giroud, while not a massive name, has enjoyed a quick rise over the last two years. So much so, he’s found himself playing for the national team in a disappointing French team.

After the disastrous transfer window last year, Wenger seems to have learnt his lesson. He’s brought on two strikers of great talent, which can really bring something different to Arsenal. Podolski can play on the left or down the central, while Giroud provides Wenger with that target man that he’s been searching over the years (Chamakh and Bendtner being utter failures). More so, these arrivals are a sign of preparation in regards to the Robin van Persie saga.

The Dutchman has yet to sign a contract with the Gunners. The latest news report is that he won’t be leaving for the any of the Spanish giants, yet Manchester City might still be an option. If van Persie leaves, Wenger has found enough cover to replace him, even though another signing would benefit the Gunners. If van Persie stays, that would be make Arsenal a dangerous prospect. Wenger now has more options upfront, able to play van Persie in the ‘hole’ or even throw him out to the left, with Giroud playing the lone hit man. These arrivals obviously lessen the burden on van Persie’s goal scoring burden.

Wenger has finally flexed his spending muscles. So far, he’s spent £23 million on only two signings. The imminent departures of Manuel Alumnia, Marouane Chamakh, Nicklas Bendtner, Carlos Vela, Sébastien Squillaci and Korean striker Chu-Young Park, possibly all for a decent value, means Wenger will have more room for his squad and even a larger transfer chest.

He shouldn’t stop his lavish spending though. Wenger has brought in some fantastic players and should continue to do so, in order to make Arsenal the title challenging force that it once was. The squad list already holds some valuable players, yet more arrivals are bound to add depth, when the stars go out injury or suspension. The interest in Rennes defensive midfielder Yann M’Vila should be pursued. The Frenchman would add grunt to the side, clearly lacking when Wilshere was missing. Plus he can cover defensive for Song, who over the previous season has joined the attack.

There is also increased interest in Blackburn winger Junior Hoilett.  While Arsenal have an abundance of wingers, with Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gervinho and now Podolski in the frame, Hoilett can arrive on a free transfer and more so, has the potential to grow into a better player, plus add depth when required. Giroud’s teammate and captain of Montepellier, Mapou Yanga Mbiwa has also been linked and he would be an exceptional deal, if he was brought through. Another centre-half would help, considering the Gunners’ lack of quality defenders. Mbiwa might cost Wenger another £13million but considering the vast of transfer money that could be coming in, it would worth while spending.

The problems of last year seem to have a profound affect on Wenger. He’s moved fast in the transfer window, spending money he hasn’t spent before. He shouldn’t zip up his wallet, but continue to burn the cash. After years of cheap signings and free transfers, Wenger has brought in players of a quality calibre. Upon his arrival, Giroud stated his intentions with Arsenal.

“I think there is a good spirit here and that is another reason why I chose this club. I am confident in the potential of the group and I am convinced that in the future, hopefully next season, we can win something.” If Wenger keeps buying, they might finally do it.

23 thoughts on “Is Arsene Wenger Changing His Ways After Signings Of Giroud and Podolski?”

  1. I think winger knows this could be his last season at arsenal if their zero trophy win streak continues to 8 seasons, he knows he needs to do something. Still hasn’t fixed that horrific defense.

  2. Dust,
    Highly doubt the board would ever get rid of Wenger if he maintains CL football. They don’t care about trophies, its all about revenue.

    1. Interesting after last years scrape for arsenal to get in the CL only after spurs imploded, hardly a ringing endorsement…wait a minute perhaps arsenal were behind all the rumors putting harry as the favorite for England, knowing they would implode..hmmm… :)

      1. 5-2 had as much to do with Spurs collapse than Harry speculation. Arsenal imploded twice but pulled themselves back. Spurs couldn’t take advantage of numerous chances to pass us.

        1. LOL of course an arsenal fan thinks that, to say it had more effect than the England speculation is unfortunately typical arsenal crazy talk.

          Hopefully by July 1st or 2nd AVB will be made manager, we will move forward, sell modric for a princely sum plus a reasonable player. Levy will provide AVB with the stability, faith and funds he needs to succeed.

          Next season is still to far away!

          1. Over the moon…if it’s true, we will see. I’m not bothered about modric, real can have him. If it is avb, sig will fit perfectly, as will falque, bale, jan vertogen, walker, kaboul, unless we start playing the ivory coast super striker we bought, im not sure who will be upfront, with Defoe, if he stays. Please no ade, we released Saha. The next week or so should be interesting, perhaps a surprise bid for “hulk smash”, although I had heard that huntelaar was next on the list–top scorer ingermany, which is the next similar league to the epl in Europe.

            Avb has a lot of pulling power still…can’t wait.

  3. Bendtner really shone during group play at Euros. He looked quite dangerous and scored twice while picking up an assist. Its a shame he’s struggled at the club level, he seems like he could be a real quality player in the right situation.

  4. Wenger realizes that RVP won’t be staying so he needs to beef up the squad. Also with the sales of players like Bendtner and company he will have money to spend as he needs to replace them. What kinf of squad ultimately is assembled is what will be instructive about whether Wenger has changed his ways or not. Will he even buy more players?

  5. Giroud is good but he’s no replacement for RVP. If they don’t sign him, I’ll look at it as a step (or two) backwards compared to the last couple years. We need that signature!

  6. BBC disputed the rumors that RVP is gone. It starting to appear that he will be with us another season as the new guys are blooded in. If we win a trophy, then maybe he will stay for good. Last years squad, when completely healthy, showed they can beat anyone. Add dept and good things can happen.

    1. He’s out of contract at the end of the season, he has to be sold or resigned either before the season or perhaps at the very latest jan window.

      No way arsenal don’t resign but still keep him for a year, way to risky.

  7. Yes we need more new signings especially experienced players. We also need
    m vila into our team becuase he has the qualities of our former great players like Viera.

  8. For me, the differences have been the timing of the transfers and the age of the players. Arsene Wenger has taken the initiative to plan ahead of possible departures and added needed depth this summer. Between last summer and this summer, Wenger has gone for experience and maturity over youth and potential. Giroud at 25 is not a replacement for Van Persie, in fact there are few players that are. And Podolski, 27, will help bolster an attacking side that already boasts Walcott (contract expirng), Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Gervinho. Adding M’Vila or another CDM and a returning Wilshire to Alex Song in the center of the midfield will allow Arteta to push up and play in his more natural central-attacking midfield position just under Van Persie and closer to goal.

  9. no he has changed nothing he spent when he had money first 7/8 years and nothing the last 6/7 when he has had none VP is gone nothing surer and at 25m so they say so so far again he,s spent nothing about 3 in front at this point

  10. Agree with Ahmed Yussuf Belhadj is fat player and Ramiro Arteta what a star hes become, selflessly held back attacking too help us out cant wait for Jack ze lad to come back but Arteta is something special too

  11. Should sign a couple of attacking mids. He should go for Nuri Sahin before the boy ends up at Spurs. Gourcuff is another option.

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