The last is yet to be heard from critics following the signing of Arsenal’s new boy – Alexis Sanchez earlier this month for a fee believed to be in the region of £32 million. Making him Arsenal most expensive forward yet.
Now former Arsenal and Manchester United defender Mikael Silvestre claims the Gunners have made a mistake by signing Sanchez from Barcelona.
Sanchez completed a £32m move to the Emirates earlier this summer, but Silvestre has cast doubt over whether he was the sort of addition Arsenal really needed.
Arsenal fans have generally reacted jubilantly to the Chilean’s arrival but Silvestre has suggested that the money might have been better spent elsewhere.
The 36-year-old Frenchman said that Wenger already has his hands full with stars who play similarly to that of new signing – Sanchez.
“Arsenal have already got that type of player – quick, sharp, fast – they have enough of them already in Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla,” Silvestre told Goal.
The former Manchester United and Arsenal man who had 249 and 36 caps respectively for both Premier league giants, insisted that the latter required the services of a top striker to compliment fellow compatriot and lone forward; Olivier Giroud instead of the skilful Chilean brought in by Arsenal from Barcelona.
“What they really need is someone like Olivier Giroud, I think that should be their priority at the moment.
“Sanchez could have gone anywhere after his tremendous World Cup but I do not think he is the type of player the club need right now.”
Arsenal are thought to remain keen to bring in further additions this summer – with a move for Sami Khedira still mooted – but it seems that Arsene Wenger’s search for attacking reinforcements may have come to an end with Sanchez’s arrival.
It now remains to be seen whether Wenger revises his position before the transfer window draws to a close on September 1.