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The summer is always one for the fantasies. Every supporter of any football club are anxious as well as excited at the possibilities of new recruits joining their respective clubs. The situation is not any different at Arsenal Football Club.

Our appetite is whetted by the continuous flurry of rumours linking players to our club. After the disastrous run of results towards the tail-end of the season, Arsene Wenger more or less implied that he will go plunge into the transfer market for new players. He mentioned that the first of those transfers will be completed very soon, well before the World Cup commences, and he did not lie.

Mourouane Chamakh became the first big signing for Arsenal for the upcoming 2010/11 season, albeit via a Bosman style free transfer. This is perhaps the worst kept secret in football. After the whole on-off saga the summer before, there is not much excitement with regards to his signing. That is in no respect due to him being bad player but rather it is because this is a signing we’ve more or less expected to seal.

Chamakh joins a big group of players vying for the 3 slots up front, if Wenger was to persist with the 4-3-3 formation next season. Provided everyone stays, Robin Van Persie, Nicklas Bendtner, Eduardo, Carlos Vela, Andrey Arshavin and Theo Walcott will be his challengers. If his displays while at Bordeaux is something to gauge on, Chamakh is more suited to the central role up front. He is physically a very imposing player and is a very good header of the ball.

If he does slot in as the central striker, then where does that leave Van Persie? The Dutchman may not think that he is suited to the target man role but has certainly grown in stature, the more he plays in that position. Bringing in another candidate to replace him in that role and changing the whole system again would seem to be a waste of a year’s hard work and acclimatisation.

It’s hard to predict what sort of plans Wenger has to accommodate Chamakh in the team. Of course he can always make the switch back to the 4-4-2 formation which would mean that Van Persie can then link up with new signing. In any case, that part of the planning can only go into full gear once the whole transfer dealings have been completed.

We are still waiting for at least one more central defender to arrive as well as a new goalkeeper. Without being hampered by the debt of the property side for the first time since the move to the Grove, Wenger will be a very busy man this summer. Maybe even more so, should his captain be sold back to Barcelona.

Till the next time.