This upcoming summer could quite possibly been the most important and most busy transfer windows under Arsene Wenger’s tenure with the club.
The Gunners are in a terrible run of form and are under immense pressure to finish in their customary top four position, although it looks very bleak. If that weren’t bad enough Arsenal are still yet to resolve the contracts of Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and a whole raft of other first-team players. It seems Alexis Sanchez’s departure whereas there remains some hope of Mesut Ozil staying at the club, in terms of Wenger, he remains the only person who knows where he’ll be next season.
Following the West Brom loss, Wenger seemed like man genuinely shellshocked by the lack of quality and fight from his players. At this stage, it wouldn’t be surprising if he left or signed on for another two years. Regardless of whether Wenger will finally call it quits on his long service of Arsenal, the team needs a serious overhaul. With players leaving, some underperforming and some not having the quality needed, the club needs to institute some serious plans for the summer transfer window.
So we’ve been through who Arsenal should sell, so here are the five players they should buy.
After seemingly being the answer to Arsenal’s defensive midfield woes, Francis Coquelin has suffered a huge fall from grace this season. Without Santi Cazorla next to him, Coquelin has been forced to push forward into realms he is completely uncomfortable in and when he plays further back Arsenal lack the ability to build from deep, in step Monaco’s Brazil midfielder, Fabinho.
The bedrock of Monaco’s stunning team of rising stars, Fabinho has established himself as one of the better midfielders in Europe this year. The Brazilian has an incredibly well-rounded game: he can get forward to score goals but also sit and be the anchor in midfield – a solid partner for Xhaka.
For a player of only 20-years-old, Kingsley Coman has a fairly impressive CV. The French winger is currently on a two-year loan deal with Bayern Munich but as of yet, the Bavarian club are yet to exercise the £17 million purchase option in his contract.
Last year Coman was a big part of Guardiola’s Bayern team but has been used somewhat sparingly by Carlo Ancelotti which has led to many clubs showing an interest in the French winger. Both Man City and Chelsea are reportedly preparing bids for the French winger but it’s Arsenal – albeit their current situation – who could offer Coman the best option. Yes, Chelsea and City could probably give Coman a more attractive wage packet but couldn’t guarantee him a starting position. City are saturated with forwards at the moment and need to rebuild at the back, while Chelsea play a style that doesn’t really suit Coman. In terms of Arsenal, Theo Walcott is too erratic, Perez looks set to leave while Iwobi seems burnt out. Coman should be the man Arsenal target.
Petr Cech is ageing, David Ospina is set to leave for Besiktas, so a ‘keeper for the future would be a wise move for the Gunners.
While some may point to Joe Hart to take over the reigns at Arsenal, Jordan Pickford not only would present Arsenal with a goalkeeper for the future but also one that could step in now. A year ago, Cech was firmly entrenched as the number one but after a few poor performances, it might be time for Arsenal to prepare for life after the ex-Chelsea man. At one point, Arsenal may have looked at Jack Butland but unfortunately, the Stoke goalkeeper picked up an injury and while he has spent almost a season out, Jordan Pickford has risen to for. In a poor Sunderland team, Pickford has been outstanding. If the Black Cats are relegated, it would be hard for them to keep a hold of their prize possession.
Reports emerged on Monday night that Arsenal had open talks with Sead Kolasinac, and if true, it would be a very wise move from the club. Benjamin Mendy is an option, Alex Sandro is a dream scenario but Kolasinac is the practical move for the Gunners. Nacho Monreal has had a solid season but at 31, the Spaniard is not going to be the starter for too long. As for Kieran Gibbs, when he’s played, he’s done well but not well enough to become a starter.
At 23-years-old, Kolasinac is a very well-rounded player. He can play as a holding midfielder or centre-back and can defend and go forward from deep. The Bosnia and Herzegovina international is incredibly physical in defence but has also scored three goals to go along with five assists. With his contract due to run out in the summer, this is should be a no-brainer for the club.
Alexandre Lacazette has long been linked with Arsenal but with Lyon needing to sell to bring in some money, this summer might just be the year he finally arrives in north London. Last summer Lyon were holding out for a fee of around £50-60 million pounds but reports are now suggesting that the French club could be forced to sell their star striker for as little as £30 million.
With Alexis Sanchez’s future uncertain, Arsenal need a star striker who can score 25-30 goals a season. Olivier Giroud is a brilliant striker but realistically you’ll never get that kind of production out of him, while Lacazette has scored 29 this year. The Lyon striker is a goalscorer, can link up play and works off the ball, Arsenal need to capitalise on Lyon’s financial situation to sign him.
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