Jamie Redknapp believes Arsenal need to sign at least six new players before the summer transfer window shuts.
The Sky pundit feels that Arsenal’s squad is in major need of surgery after watching their defeat at Liverpool last Sunday. “The problem you’ve got and I look at the squad of players they’ve got and I don’t know if one or two players help,” Redknapp said, reports the Express.
“I think it’s six or seven that’s needed and you’re talking two days before the transfer window closes.” Arsenal needing “one or two” more players has always been a cliche bandied about by pundits. In a morbid way, it’s refreshing to see it no longer applies.
The temptation after every defeat is to suggest wholesale changes, and in this instance it could be what Arsenal need. There are, though, a number of issues that will prevent that from happening.
One problem is simply time. Arsenal aren’t going to sign six players in two days without really getting desperate and bringing in sub-par talent that clearly isn’t good enough for the club. Another issue is the squad size.
By Arsene Wenger’s admission, the Arsenal squad is simply too large at the moment to accommodate so many new players at once. A number of players could still leave in the coming days as a result.
Oxlade-Chamberlain looks set to join Liverpool, Alexis Sanchez could be off to join Manchester City. Then there’re fringe players like Mathieu Debuchy and Lucas Perez, who are still to leave but are on the transfer list.
Too much business has been left until the last moment. It’s difficult to see even one player coming, never mind six or seven.