And yet, Arsene Wenger did not sign a top defensive midfielder nor did he splash the cash for Gary Cahill. Thomas Vermaelen threatened briefly to be that defensive stalwart but he is now the new "Sicknote". Per Mertesacker for all his experience, could be found out in the hustle bustle of the Premiership. Furthermore, an English spine is desperately needed if Arsenal plans on winning trophies.
On a more positive note, Mikel Arteta's arrival has already borne dividends. He has fitted in nicely into the Arsenal system, scoring a perfect goal against Blackburn last Saturday. His passing was exemplary on the day and he is growing more familiar with his new team mates match by match. Arteta is just growing from strength to strength, proving what a super signing he could turn out to be.
Just one more video to highlight just how unreliable this Arsenal "famed" defence had become, look no further than the error which led to Birmingham lifting the Carling Cup last season. Shocking!