Hello Chamakh; adios Merida.

And so it begins.

Arsenal’s transfer dealings have officially begun this week, with the arrival of Marouane Chamakh and depature of Fran Merida. Whilst both have been coming for a long, long, time, the former does at least represent Wenger’s awareness of the squad’s weaknesses.

I believe that, with the same set of players that we had last season, the team needs four new players to become competitive next season: one in each position. Of course, the expected sales of Fabregas and Gallas does change this slightly, but you get the idea.

If Wenger is of the same disposition, then Chamakh’s arrival would leave us with an attacking arsenal (pun intended) of RVP, Bendtner, Arshavin, Walcott, Chamakh, Eduardo and Vela, whilst the likes of Rosicky and Nasri can play in the front three if required.

If the Moroccan’s comments upon signing for the club are to be taken seriously, then at the very least we have a player with the hunger and desire to play for our fine club. Despite boasting only 79 goals in his seven years with the club, he possesses the aerial ability that our side so desperately lacks, and has also shown his ability at the highest level with five goals in nine Champions League matches this season.

Whilst Chamakh’s transfer was one of the most dragged out in recent history (the 26 year old was all set for a move last summer, but it fell through due to transfer fee issues), the move that saw Merida join Atletico Madrid was one of the more straighforward transactions. The 20 year old former Barcelona youth player made eight appearance this season but, despite goals against Liverpool and Bolton has looked likely to return to Spain for some time.

Moving away from the world of reality and back to the abyss of transfer speculation, the news is that Sol Campbell is considering a surprise switch to Celtic Park. It is likely however that his comments are nothing more than token gestures of respect after reports last week that Neil Lennon is interested in him.

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