Anyone who watched Saturday’s match saw one of the most poor Arsenal showings of the calendar year. Take away the late game heroics by Olivier Giroud and the man whom always seems to be there late, Aaron Ramsey, and this is an awful 2-0 defeat. The presence of rumored signing Sami Khedira, was greatly needed.
From the onset, Arsenal never seemed even slightly interested in defeating Everton. The defense was sluggish and the attack uninspired. Per Mertesacker and Mesut Ozil returned from their successful World Cup spells and played their roles accordingly. Thankfully for Arsenal, Mertesacker’s form has yet to change from this summer and he did all he could to keep Arsenal in the heavyweight bout.
When Arsene Wenger brought on Oliver Giroud at halftime and Santi Cazorla at the hour mark, things changed for Arsenal. The side looked more inspired and found their way into controlling the attack, which led to the two late goals. A point that the Arsenal side were happy to come away with that was not well deserved.
All this said, transfers still need to be made if this is the squad that will win the title that has eluded North London for a decade and the main transfer is one that has swirled for months now. For more than a season now, Arsenal have relied on the likes of Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere, Mathieu Flamini and Ramsey to hold the midfield. While all are great suitors, it has become obvious that none of them can measure up to the likes of the player who practically invented the role at Arsenal, Patrick Vieira. The man who could be the next Vieira declined a new contract at Real Madrid last week and has been on Arsenal’s big board all summer, Sami Khedira.
Khedira has been a stalwart behind some of the best attacking players in the world for his club, Real Madrid, and his country, World Cup winning Germany. For Arsenal, Khedira could fit in ahead of the center backs and behind the attacking midfield. He has more pace than any of Arsenal’s holding midfielders with more size and strength. With the ability to create counter attacks and move into an attack as a creator, he should be tabbed as a no brainer for Wenger.
When you play in a league where you see the likes of Daniel Sturridge, Romelu Lukaku, Wayne Rooney, Edin Dzeko and many more twice a season, you need a consistent force ahead of your back line. Khedira could and should be this man for Arsenal. Today’s come from behind draw should be a wake up call for Wenger. If Arsenal are to bring the Premier League Winner’s Trophy back to North London, Khedira needs to become a part of this squad.