Arsenal, what a great start they had this season, but as always they failed to capitalize their best chance of winning the title. Arsene Wenger has been facing a heavy criticism for the past few months and many of the Arsenal’s faithful are demanding his departure from the club.
He has been the longest serving manager for the club and he alone made Arsenal what it is today, but I too feel that maybe it is the right time for Wenger to step down as a manager and hand over the reins to someone else.
Well, Wenger staying or not is a completely different issue, but what we are talking about here is Transfers! I honestly feel that the side needs to tighten up their defence and besides that, they need someone who can drive the team in their attacks as Welbeck and Giroud has been failing in the same the entire season.
So, here we are making a lineup for Arsenal including the players who are linked with the club-
Goalkeeper: Petr Cech-
At the end of the current season, Arsenal will have 3 world class shot stoppers namely the Polish professional Wojciech Szczęsny, the Columbian stopper David Ospina, and the Czech sensation Petr Cech. It seems that the ex- Arsenal’s number one Szczesny has found a footing with his current side AS Roma and might get a permanent stay there. And if that happens, Arsenal will have to choose between their current options, and maybe the choice will be very simple.
Petr Cech has been Arsenal’s number one since his arrival from Chelsea. The Czech international has barely done anything wrong and whosoever the manager will be, he will surely trust the 33-year-old Cech to guard his post.
Right Back: Hector Bellerin-
Arsenal’s number 24 has been their first choice full back this season. Since Callum Chambers was struggling to get fit over his injury, Arsene decided to go out with the 21-year-old Spanish full back. He delivered some extraordinary performances and established himself as the number one contender for the position.
Hector is well known for his sprinting ability which allows him to make some threatening forward runs. Though he needs to work on his defensive capabilities, he is also a good passer of the ball; and his accurate crossing easily makes him one of the best youngsters around the globe.
Center Back: Mehdi Benatia-
It is not a surprise that the manager will be looking to search a perfect center back for the team. The recent reports claim that Arsene Wenger is targeting Bayern Munich’s center half, Mehdi Benatia. Bayern Munich has recently signed Mats Hummels and that surely dangers the Moroccan’s spot in the team.
The team will be delighted to see the towering defender in the squad, and he will surely fit the bills of Arsene Wenger in the team. With Per Mertesacker and Gabriel struggling in the league, Benatia will be a perfect addition to the squad, and his experience will help the team in near future.
Center Back: Laurent Koscielny-
The French center back is Arsenal’s one of the longest serving player in the current scenario. He has been wonderful throughout the season, and will do even better if a perfect partner is found in the same position. He has been Arsenal’s top defender since long time and is not looking to step down any time soon
Speaking honestly, if a new and a perfect center back arrives at the London club, this French international will be a beast in Arsenal’s defence. He is not the tallest one in the league, but his ability to head the ball is a delight and that’s why he makes up to our list.
Left Back: Raphael Guerreiro-
That is a strange name, isn’t it? The Spanish full back Nacho Monreal has been a decent performer this year, but with age not supporting his side, he might get replaced by someone as young as Guerreiro.
Raphael Guerreiro plays for French side Lorient and if the reports are to be justified, then Arsenal are preparing a bid for the left back in the coming transfer window. He has not been in the spotlight mainly because of PSG’s triumph this season, but he shows real character in his play.
The 22-year-old is being followed by Arsenal and the team is facing a tough competition from Italian side AS Roma.
Defensive Midfielder: N’golo Kante-
This name took a sudden rise in European football this season. And as the name became famous, he is wanted by some of Europe’s elite clubs. Kante has been brilliant throughout the season and did a great job in the midfield area.
The rumors are suggesting that Arsenal wants the French international at their disposal and are looking positive to sign him up. Arsenal had Coquelin and Elneny at their side this season, and they did a fantastic job, but with Coquelin getting injury prone, the side might look for a replacement and who is better than this little French beast.
Central Midfielder: Granit Xhaka-
Everyone saw that coming isn’t it? The 23-year-old Swiss international has been on the radar of the Gunners for a long time and this time, Arsenal might succeed. Xhaka has been an important figure for M’gladbach this season and he did his job with perfection.
Arsenal are currently knocking the doors of this Swiss professional and to be honest, Xhaka should not miss the opportunity as playing for Arsenal will be an honour and besides that, he will be featuring in Champions League football every year.
Right Wing: Mesut Ozil-
The German international did everything he can for the side this season. He alongside Sanchez was simply the outstanding performer for the Gunners. Arsenal never had problems in building up the play and thanks to Mesut Ozil for the same.
Arsene Wenger or whosoever will join the club next year, he cannot afford to lose the player at any cost or the team will suffer heavily in terms of building up the play. His vision and reading of the game took the premier league by storm and recorded the most number of assists to his name.
Left Wing: Alexis Sanchez-
Simply the best! The Chilean has been outstanding in the current season for the Gunners. Talking in terms of future reference, the 27-year-old is simply the most important player for the side. His tenacity and his pace gives a different dimension to the team.
Losing the player in coming years will cost a lot to Arsenal. He is a really hardworking and energetic player who has been scoring the goals with both feet. Arsenal can use the Chilean in many ways as he is capable of playing in various midfield positions.
Attacking Miefielder: Henrikh Mkhitaryan-
The Armenian professional needs no introduction this year. He has been one of the best performers for the side this year and has been amongst those few players, who reached the double figure in both goals and assists. The Borussia Dortmund midfielder recorded 10 goals and 15 assists to his name this season.
The reports around Europe are suggesting that Arsenal are trying hard to sign this player and if the signing is completed, Gunners will have a gem to show for. He is simply the unsung hero in the football industry and who can be a threat to any defence.
Striker: Alvaro Morata-
The Spanish international is currently the most wanted strikers in Europe. As the season is coming to its end, many European giants want to grab his services as he will be available at a cheap price.
Arsenal are currently amongst those giants who want to snatch the Spanish striker. Arsenal have been struggling a lot in terms of their attacks and have been missing the link in the same. Alvaro’s arrival at the Emirates will surely solve the problem for the Gunners and that’s why, he is on our list.