Arsenal announced that they have appointed Unai Emery as their new head coach to replace Arsene Wenger.
The 46-year-old Spaniard arrives at the club following a two-year spell at Paris Saint-Germain. Despite guiding PSG to domestic treble this term, the French club decided not to extend Emery’s contract and replaced him with Thomas Tuchel.
Emery has enjoyed good success over the years, especially with Sevilla where he guided them to three successive Europa League triumphs. However, the Spaniard will face a very different challenge at Arsenal where he has been tasked with bringing the glory days back at the club.
The Gunners have an array of attacking talents but lack a powerful winger in the squad. The likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Mesut Ozil, Danny Welbeck and Alex Iwobi are all attackers but none of them is a traditional winger.
Emery will have a lot of targets in his mind but to complete the current Arsenal team, he needs to sign a defender, a defensive midfielder and a speedy winger.
That being said, here are three speedy wingers Emery must look to sign in summer.
Ivan Perisic (Inter Milan)
A two-footed winger who possesses exceptional crossing abilities, Ivan Perisic could be the man to offer Arsenal a direct approach unlike their current pool of attacking players.
Fast, industrious and agile, Perisic excels at getting in behind defences to produce delicious deliveries from wide areas. The Croatian prefers to stay wide and run at the byline before whipping in dangerous crosses for his teammates into the box.
A player who never gives up and continues giving his best till the last, Perisic could be a fantastic signing for the Gunners.
Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City)
Riyad Mahrez was not at his best this season for Leicester City but there is no denying his talent and skill set.
Pacey and creative with an eye for goal, Mahrez would bolster Arsenal’s current attacking options. The Algerian would bring a different dimension to the attack with his pace and trickery. A player with exquisite dribbling qualities and crossing abilities, Mahrez would bring a lot of swagger to the Gunners.
Mahrez is one of the gifted wingers in the Premier League and Emery must act soon to acquire his services as Manchester City are close to landing him for £60m.
Karim Bellarabi (Bayer Leverkusen)
A technically sound and intelligent player, Karim Bellarabi’s main weapon is his blistering pace. With his pace and skill set, Bellarabi can beat any player. He is Bayer Leverkusen’s high-octane attacker and rarely gets tired after running for entire 90 minutes on the pitch.
Using his wicked blend of pace, trickery and his ability to read the game, Bellerabi can lighten up the Premier League with Arsenal. He can defend as well and runs back to retain the ball if he is dispossessed.
Nippy and industrious, the 28-year-old is playing at his peak right now and Emery must attempt to sign him for the Gunners.