Arsenal fans were left disappointed yet again this season with the only saving grace being the FA cup victory at the end of the season. Poor performances in both the premier league and champions league respectively left fan’s wanting change. Add to this rumours that both Ozil and Sanchez are set to leave the club, there is no doubt Wenger is feeling the pressure to add some big names to his squad. With that below are some of Arsenal’s most exciting transfer prospects (not to be mistaken for most realistic) that could help the side get back to winning ways.
Arsenal linked with Lyon striker Lacazette? unheard of I know. With 28 goals in 30 games the Frenchman would be an asset to any squad so it’s no surprise several clubs have come knocking for his signature. At 26 years of age the striker could still have a lot to give and may even be the fuel to break Arsenal out of what has been a disappointing few seasons for fans particularly in Europe.
Now will it happen? On the one hand reports have circled suggesting a bid of 60 million pounds has been put on the table with some even going as far as to say Arsenal have entered ‘advanced talks’ for the striker. Adding fuel to the fire there have been rumours suggesting that Lyon have begun looking for a replacement in the form of both Chelsea’s Bertand Traore or even Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud. The potential swap deal has had a mixed reception from fans but it could be what’s needed to make the transfer happen.
On the other hand, Arsenal fan’s may be left feeling like it’s ground hog’s day, I recall reports last season suggesting that a 40-million-pound bid had been accepted by Lyon and that the striker was on his way to London to put pen to paper. A major blow to Arsenal’s chances is that Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas is adamant the star is going nowhere. As much as I’ll admit that Arsenal fans have room to be hopeful and Lyon could be simply holding out for more cash, I simply wouldn’t hold my breath.
Something fresh for Arsenal fans in the form of Everton’s Ross Barkley. The playmaker’s contract talks have broken down and Everton manager Ronald Koman has even stated that with that Barkley’s further may lay elsewhere. With the signing of Klaassen from Ajax they are certainly prepared for Barkley to leave. The 23-year-old played 38 games last season’s netting 6 goals and tallying 8 assists which isn’t bad but isn’t special. ‘Isn’t bad’, ‘good in bursts’ and ‘shows signs of talent’ are all words that seem to follow Barkley and last season was no difference, now one could argue that is more down to Everton as a club as opposed to the playmaker himself but I digress.
Regarding how likely this deal is to happen well it too early to get a real accurate look at it but what I can say is that Barkley does fit Wenger’s MO. Young, showing signs of talent and good technically so it certainly wouldn’t be out of the ordinary for this deal to happen. Add to this report suggesting Ozil (not to compare the two) is thinking of running out his contract and leaving next season there may be a gap left for the Englishmen. Under Wenger’s guidance maybe we could see Barkley at his best. If the price is right we may very well see Barkley in a red shirt after all.
With the hunt for Sanchez’ replacement in full swing it’s no surprise to see Wenger register interest in the Colombian. Over his 2099 minutes in Serie A he has netted two goals and put 6 assists on the board. Although the numbers don’t say a lot about the winger he has had a decent season for the Italian giants. His speed, flair and technical ability have been a huge asset for Juventus. Some have said he has fallen short of his potential but his consistency although not mind blowing could be particularly useful for clubs such as Arsenal whose star players at times seem to fade into the background.
Will Cuadrado return to London in red and white? With reports suggesting that a bid just shy of 18 million pounds being rejected by Juventus from Arsenal I have no doubt the interest is real. As mentioned the player has a relatively impressive footballing CV and might add a little experience to ease tension in high pressure games. I do believe that Arsenal are going to push to make this deal happen but only at an undercut price. Juventus has named 30 million as the price tag but I believe closer to the deadline day a discounted price might look more and more attractive as the Italian giants look to bring in younger talent.
Well it wouldn’t be a roundup of Arsenal’s transfer prospects if I didn’t include this young man. Seemingly taking the world by storm after showing spectacular form for Monaco over the last few months. With 15 goals and 8 assists in Ligue 1 and an impressive showing in the champions league the 18-year-old has certainly raised a few eyebrows. Although some would claim the youngest has yet to really prove himself after one good season, he undoubtedly has talent and is an exciting prospect. Being French young and talented some have already begun calling him the new Thierry Henry so naturally the ties with Arsenal began.
Will we see Mbappe playing at the emirates this season? With rumours of bids of up to 90 million euros I can’t see Arsenal being able nor wanting to match such a price tag. I’m sure Wenger would love to add him to his squad but with the likes of PSG and Real Madrid showing interest I can’t help but think the Gunners would struggle to match the money they can afford to put forward. Adding to this the fact that Arsenal missed out on the champions league this season I can’t help but think on paper it would be better for Mbappe to stay at Monaco than moved to North London. Maybe I’ll eat my words but I’d be extremely shocked to see this transfer happen.
Arsenal next season?
In truth Arsenal could do with all these players and then some, especially if they lose Sanchez this summer. Wenger’s squad seemed strong going into last season but as a unit they failed to delivery. Going forward the team still looked strong but lack of depth and consistency from big name players really let them down. The only positive coming from last season is that we may see the pressure get to Wenger and see him bring in some big names. Only time will tell but I personally would happy with any of these transfers were to be completed.