Following Arsenal’s disappointing 1-0 defeat to Swansea on Monday night, it is painfully obvious that the Gunners need some reinforcements in some key areas next term.
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Having started slowly, then picking up, only to slow down once again, the title has not only slipped through their hands but now second place looks to be a stretch as well.
Every summer, Arsene Wenger never seems to buy the players he actually needs to make his squad capable of making a sustained challenge for the Premier League title.
However, below are the players he should look at making moves for during the transfer window to strengthen his side’s core. None will come cheap, and none will necessarily be easy to bring on board, but if Wenger has the chance to buy, he’ll turn the club into bonafide title contenders for around £60m
Jackson Martinez has long been linked with a switch to the Emirates, and this summer could see the deal go ahead after he confirmed that he would be moving on by activating his £25m release clause. A prolific marksman with 31 goals in 40 appearances this term, he will have to work hard to make sure he can get up to speed in the Premier League, but seeing as Olivier Giroud will only ever average around 15 goals a season he is almost certainly worth the gamble.
Though the emergence of Francis Coquelin has lessened the club’s need to strengthen in the defensive midfield area, Wenger still needs to pounce as the demands of their season mean they’ll need options there. Schneiderlin – a full France international – would represent a step up in class and for £25m he would be filling a gap that has long needed filling.
When Laurent Koscielny is out of the side, the formerly unflappable Per Mertesacker looks especially vulnerable. No major changes need to be made, but having been linked with him earlier in the campaign, a move for the £10m-rated Van Dijk will add some extra stability. Able to step in as a replacement or challenge for a regular first team spot, bringing him on board could prove to be a smart piece of business.
Should Arsenal manage to convince Chelsea to sell to them, Cech would go a long way to solving the club’s problems at the back. The Gunners still haven’t brought in a top class goalkeeper since Jens Lehmann left, and the veteran stopper would surely slot in ahead of the two competitors currently vying for the number one jersey.