August 31st, Transfer Deadline Day
Written by Jeff Patterson on August 31, 2011 8:00
By the time this article is published, the day will have dawned for Arsenal. August 31st, Transfer Deadline Day.
As I am currently writing this, Park Chu-Young has been unveiled as a new member, Andre Santos is close to joining him. And another BIG signing (literally!), is soon to be unveiled as well.
Per Mertesacker, captain of Bundesliga side Werder Bremen, and a mainstay on the German International team, has passed a medical and agreed to terms with Arsenal, on what is expected to be a 4-year deal.
If anything, this signing offers us an out-and-out defender. Mertesacker is not gifted offensively, although with his size he is always dangerous from set plays. First and foremost, he is a defender, and I can safely say that you won’t see him pressing forward like Vermaelen does from time to time.
His lack of pace is the biggest drawback he has, but Mertesacker understands the game and I don’t think he will have to many problems with being caught out of position.
Perhaps the only downside to Mertesacker joining is the fact that this means any pursuit of Gary Cahill is likely off. I thought Cahill would have been a great fit. Imagine, a centralback roster that reads Vermaelen, Mertesacker, Cahill, Koscielny, and Djourou. That actually looks like respectable depth at a position where Arsenal have very little depth to speak of.
So, with this one last day remaining until the summer window closes, us fans are still looking for that big signing in midfield. Another big singing or two, and this team will start to look dangerous again.
That’s something that all of us can agree, we would love to see.