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Willem, I really think you should be acquiring BOTH, plus a quality wide man. They seem affordable for you. Obviously you need a couple quality defenders two, but you really have nothing upfront (Walcott is the best you have!), and little in midfield nowadays other than an overused Wimpshere.
There is a guy in your Dutch league who looks interesting, Dries Mertens. I dont know too much about him other than apparently his impressive scoring record the past two seasons has come from playing out wide. Plus he's from Belgium, and they are producing the players right now.
I like your thinking but I don't think the clubs board would sanction a 100 million spending spree, even though it needs it.
Those two won't give you no change out of 50 million which would give you 50 million to spend on a keeper, Full back to replace Sagna if he leaves, Centre back to keep the three cabaleros on their toes, a holding midfielder to cover for Diaby and possibly another attack minded midfielder, just because Wenger likes these type players best!
But I agree, lets buy both or at least players of that calibre or higher...
If I had the purse strings I would be buying Isco plus one of the above.
Chris, I agree, nowadays if you want to compete for real trophies you need at least 2 quality strikers so both of these guys would be great but less likely as I think Wenger is too conservative and won't admit Giroud is not the type of striker a PL Champion would have as first or second choice. But then again Ade had one great year for us, difference being he had a much more talented squad to provide him with "easy" opportunities.
As you say we also badly need a quality wide man because at the moment our left wing is non existing and our right wing is weak not in the least because Sagna always cuts in and then passes the ball back and never makes a run to the back line and Walcott is predictable and seems to only think about scoring rather than reaching the back line.
Mertens is quality but perhaps a tat short for the PL at 169cm, although quality knows no height I guess. Personally I would not mind taking a punt on Strootman as replacement for Diaby. We need someone more mobile than Arteta. I think the only way we can go back to a 4-3-3 is by signing a real box to box defensive minded player and Arteta is not explosive enough for this. As long as Wenger feels we need to field 4 midfield players (Ramsey, Arteta, Cazorla, Wilshire) we will be too predictable going forward albeit more solid defending. So I think we should find a player who can merge Arteta and Ramsey's role. This would allow us to play more that just Walcott and Giroud upfront and hopefully a quality new wide man or worst case Ox or Podolski.