Three Central Midfielders Who Arsenal Can Target This Summer
Arsene Wenger guided his side to yet another FA Cup title and that was enough for the club hierarchy to sign him up for another two years at the Emirates. This is the first season Arsenal have failed to qualify for the Champions League under the French manager and it might be a chance for them to focus on some domestic silverware.
The manager will look to improve certain areas of the squad and the central midfield is something he will have a keen eye on. The likes of Francis Coquelin have been mediocre in all aspects while Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla is now out till the end of the November. This leaves Wenger a bit short in this area and will leave him in search of a central midfielder. Here are three options he can look at this summer:
Piotr Zielinski (Napoli)
The 23-year old Polish international is one of the few upcoming stars in this position in Europe. He was close to a move to Liverpool not so long ago but decided to stay in Serie A for another season. He had a stellar campaign, establishing himself as the first choice in Naples, making 36 league appearances this season, picking up 5 goals and 7 assists to add to his midfield duties. He is a superb player and Wenger should look at him this summer.
The Brazilian midfielder was not able to establish a place in the first team under Luis Enrique in the last couple of seasons and with the Spanish giants looking for further additions, Rafinha might not find enough game time and has already been linked with an exit. He is an exciting player who can turn into a superstar in the years to come and could be a superb replacement for Santi Cazorla at Arsenal.
Sergi Samper (Barcelona)
One of the long-term targets for Arsenal, Samper had a superb time at Granda on loan. With no first team football guaranteed next season at the Camp Nou, he might be tempted to make the switch to the Emirates. He is a highly rated player in the Spanish domestic circuit and Wenger will hope that he can have a similar impact as Cazorla, his national compatriot. At 22, he may not be the best players around but is definitely a player Arsene Wenger can look at this summer.