The Premier League has taken a turn where clubs are spending more than ever, and the ferociousness between the top 6 is just on the rise. The Manchester clubs are hell-bent on being on top of each other, while the others like Arsenal are doing their best to cope up with the pressure of the duo mentioned above.
Basically, the Manchester clubs have become the Bayern Munich of the Premier League and Real-Barca of La Liga: the best players from the ‘rest’ mostly ends up playing for them. The latest addition to that wave is Manchester United signing Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal.
They did the same with Robin van Persie, but this time, it is perhaps Arsenal who got the better end of the deal with Henrikh Mkhitaryan moving to the Emirates. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is also being tracked by the Gunners and could end up donning the red and white.
With that, Arsenal will have a trio of Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang—something could change the fortunes of the Londoners.
Wenger had always lacked a devastating goalscorer since Robin ban Persie left. Even he took a lot of time to reach the scoring prowess that he had at his peak. But ever since he left, the Gunners lacked someone who could score them 30 goals a season.
But with the addition of the Gabon captain, they will have someone who can fill up the void left by the Dutchman. When a club gets 30+ goals a season from one player, their chances of finishing higher in the table automatically increases.
However, the former Milan youngster is someone who needs proper service to succeed. His best assets are pace and finishing—something that requires visionary passing.
With Ozil alone, it was difficult. The German is often shunted out of the game with extreme close-downs. However, opponents can’t do that anymore with Henrik Mkhitaryan in the team and focusing only on Ozil will free up the former Manchester United man. The Armenian himself is a creative player that can create chances from both the wings and centre.
The former Borussia Dortmund man’s versatility is also a great asset to any club. He can play anywhere behind the striker and has a good footballing brain. Under Mourinho, he was always burdened to serve the star players around him.
At Arsenal, however, he is the star. Also, Mkhi has played with Aubameyang before and shares chemistry with him.
This bond will help Arsenal—and they are yet to represent them. Arsenal’s defence might have its problems, but their attack also lacked the precision required to compete against the top clubs.
Sometimes, the defence can have a bad day and that day; the onus falls on the attacker to do their jobs. Scoring more goals than the opponents is the objective of football—and Arsenal, with the trio mentioned above, can do that.
The deal for Aubameyang may not have been made official just yet, but with the reports hanging around, it feels like it is only a matter of time—and when it happens, Arsenal will be rejuvenated, and the fans can dream once again.