It’s Time For Arsene Wenger To Turn His Scouting Attention To Ligue1 Again
Following a run of poor results for Arsenal, Arsene Wenger’s future at the club is cloudy, to say the least. The legendary Frenchman’s contract expires at the end of this season and there’s no clear indication from the Arsenal board as to whether an extension will be offered.
The Gunners have fallen off the race for the Premier League title and have also been eliminated from the Champions League, quite humiliatingly. Such failures have led to Arsenal fans turning against their veteran manager, in what has been a constant part of Arsenal’s season every year. But following the 2-2 draw against Manchester City and 3-0 win against West Ham, there seems to be renewed hope for Arsene Wenger’s future at the club.
Those results have ensured that Arsene Wenger has a decent number of supporters behind him and although there’s not much to get out of this season, a top 4 finish will be seen as the most important target. The Arsenal squad isn’t short of stardom with players like Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Laurent Koscielny and Petr Cech at the club, but there are still quite a few missing pieces of the puzzle, which if found, can be the perfect recipe for a squad that’s capable of challenging for titles, year after year.
If Arsene Wenger is to stay, he might have to go away from his conventional approach. Even the additions from last summer; Mustafi, Perez and Xhaka are good players, but none of them come close to the calibre of Alexis and Ozil. This is a persisting problem within the Arsenal squad and the addition of certain top players should be viewed as the object with utmost necessity if Wenger is to stay on. Here are 3 players that Wenger should target in order to better the quality of his squad.
The French forward has been on the shortlist of many clubs for years now, due to his consistent goal-scoring exploits with his team, Olympique Lyonnais. Even this season, he has been in remarkable form, scoring 30 goals in 37 games in all competitions, meaning that he would definitely be an upgrade on compatriot Olivier Giroud.
Lacazette would certainly add a lot to the Arsenal frontline. Giroud has found himself being sidelined for most of the season as Wenger has preferred a mobile frontline which is capable of out-running opposition defences. Lacazette, in that respect would fit the bill and give the likes of Alexis and Ozil a reliable outlet upfront. His finishing prowess is something that would aid Arsenal, given that the Gunners fail to score easily in games sometimes. The addition of Lacazette would be more of a boon than a bane.
Tolisso is 22-years old but already has considerable experience. This season, he has 12 goals and 6 assists which is quite an amazing return for someone who is a box-to-box midfielder. With such performances, it would be hard for Lyon to hold on to one of their best players.
Midfield is perhaps one of the most important regions for Arsenal in terms of their build-up play. Often this season, Xhaka and Coquelin have come up short in their attempts to be the perfect link between Arsenal’s defence and attack. Elneny has impressed in bouts, whereas Ramsey seems to have become a shadow of his former self. Under such circumstances, the addition of Tolisso would be quite a welcome one.
The French right back is someone who would add some quality to the Arsenal defence. The Gunners could do with a solid defensive presence in the form of Sidibe.
He’s become a very important part of a Monaco team that currently sits on top of the Ligue 1 table, quite impressively. Now that he has established himself in the Monaco and French national team, he would be ready for a move to a big club and Arsenal, who are in need of defensive re-enforcements, could be the perfect club for him. Signing him would come with the added advantage of him being able to also play at left-back and also in central defence.