Arsenal is on their strategy to re-establishing their top-six credentials this season underneath former midfielder Mikel Arteta, and actually have a likelihood at securing Champions League soccer subsequent season for the primary time because the 2016-17 season after they crashed out of the competitors within the spherical of 16.
The Gunners took one other step towards that purpose yesterday after they ran out 1-0 winners in opposition to Bruno Lage’s difficult Wolves outfit on the Molineux regardless of attacking starlet Gabriel Martinelli being given his marching orders after being booked on two events throughout the identical run of play.
FULL-TIME Wolves 0-1 Arsenal
Gabriel’s purpose proved sufficient for the guests, who completed the match with ten males after Gabriel Martinelli acquired two yellow playing cards in fast succession#WOLARS pic.twitter.com/Dynz9RM4NF
— Premier League (@premierleague) February 10, 2022
Three factors on the street in opposition to the second-best defensive outfit within the Premier League was actually well worth the value of admission for the touring help, with Arteta’s younger weapons now sitting fifth and only one level behind West Ham with two matches in hand over David Moyes’ overachieving Hammers.
However Arsenal is just not planning to be happy with simply preventing for the outlying scraps among the many high echelon in England; the membership nonetheless harbors ambitions of as soon as once more difficult for main honors on all fronts, and to take action, additional recruitment through the switch market is required with the intention to add the requisite high quality on the Emirates able to aiding in Arsenal’s makes an attempt to shut the hole to Manchester Metropolis, Chelsea, and Liverpool.
Utilizing the profitable summer time switch window as a blueprint transferring ahead, listed below are 5 gamers that Arsenal ought to look to maneuver for within the upcoming summer time window to kick their rebuild into overdrive.
Youri Tielemans | Granit Xhaka’s improve
One of many key names to be lately linked to Arsenal, Leicester Metropolis midfield stalwart and Belgian worldwide Youri Tielemans has propelled himself excessive up the wished listing in north London and with the Foxes’ present struggles this season, a excessive end within the desk by the Gunners may see the previous RSC Anderlecht starlet decide to maneuver to the Emirates this summer time.
Tielemans is predicted to interrupt ties with Brenan Rodger’s outfit after refusing a contract extension on the King Energy Stadium, which has put a lot of high-profile golf equipment on alert together with Arsenal. The 24-year-old’s contract runs down after subsequent season and the necessity for Leicester to recoup on their funding in some measure will certainly be on the precedence listing. Although his present market worth stands at roughly £46million, Leicester absolutely couldn’t drive a tough cut price for a participant who needs out of the membership and danger shedding him for nothing 12-months later. His versatile qualities in midfield, Premier League expertise, and age bracket make him a chief candidate to interchange Granit Xhaka who’s suspected to be topic to summer time curiosity as soon as once more from AS Roma.
Alexander Isak | The following vivid Arsenal center-forward?
The saga that has been Arsenal’s seek for a brand new center-forward is one that gives a supply of angst for a lot of within the Gunners fanbase, however it has grow to be clear that the Premier League giants are certainly trying to herald a key participant in that place that they will construct the assault round for the long-term.
Having missed out on Serbian starlet Dušan Vlahović in January earlier than the previous FK Partizan academy graduate optioned for a transfer to Juventus, Arsenal made a last-ditch try in January to fabricate a transfer for Actual Sociedad’s Swedish attacking stud Alexander Isak however have been expectedly rebuffed by the Basque membership. However the Gunners are more likely to return once more in the summertime however a possible transfer may hit a snag on account of latest experiences suggesting that Isak may move on a transfer to Arsenal in favor of different extra credible locations if Mikel Arteta’s males fail to safe Champions League soccer for subsequent season. Although different targets could possibly be talked about, the truth that Edu and the remainder of the membership brass lodged a bid for him in January means he ought to doubtless be thought of the prime goal and alternative for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.
Douglas Luiz | Arsenal to resolve the holding-midfield conundrum
The way forward for veteran Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka however, the Gunners stay in want of reinforcements in the midst of the park particularly if Egyptian worldwide Mohamed Elneny may additionally exit the Emirates this summer time.
Whereas the membership could have handed on signing Bruno Guimarães from Olympique Lyonnais earlier than Newcastle swooped in and accomplished a shock transfer for the Brazilian, one other Brazilian that would nicely be wanted by Mikel Arteta is Aston Villa’s Douglas Luiz. The 23-year-old was already given the inexperienced mild by Villa to go away the membership in January if Steven Gerrard’s Villains acquired substantial affords or his companies earlier than the window closed and Arsenal was credited with having him on their switch radar although they by no means tabled a proper supply for the holding midfielder. He will surely tick plenty of packing containers as nicely; age profile, tactical versatility, technical high quality, Premier League expertise, whereas lastly offering the Gunners with a real holding midfielder they may add to their ranks for the primary time in years.
Cody Gakpo | Versatile attacking possibility with a future
With Arsenal set to lose a minimum of three attacking gamers when Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah be part of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in exiting north London, the Gunners will want greater than only one attacking reinforcement in the summertime however doubtless won’t look to recruit two essential strikers in such a brief window, avoiding a mistake that introduced the Auba-Laca tandem collectively within the first place.
Dutch worldwide Cody Gakpo may match the invoice, nevertheless, with the 22-year-old PSV Eindhoven starlet already on the radar screens of a lot of high English golf equipment which incorporates Manchester Metropolis and Liverpool. However Metropolis stays linked with Erling Haaland and already has a wealth of high attacking expertise on supply on the Etihad, whereas Liverpool secured Luis Díaz in January and are on the verge of transferring for Fulham’s Fabio Carvalho as nicely; the place would Gakpo slot in? At Arsenal, the versatile ahead may have a key position to play as each a developmental depth possibility and a participant that would genuinely battle for his place within the first staff as a profile able to being deployed anyplace throughout the entrance three. And with the way forward for Bukayo Saka now being thrown into recent doubt for the long run, Gakpo will surely supply a really fascinating possibility in the summertime.
Tyler Adams | American expertise practice may proceed within the Premier League
At present, Arsenal has dependable first-choice choices and back-up plans at left-back in addition to in each center-back positions for this season and past however questions at present might be requested in the case of the depth at right-back.
Although Cédric Soares carried out admirably in his deputy position in opposition to Wolves yesterday whereas first-choice possibility Takehiro Tomiyasu nonetheless recovers and places himself on observe for his return to taking part in duties, the Portuguese is just not anticipated to stay on the membership previous the present season and, in truth, the Gunners ought to be seeking to improve on him transferring ahead. American worldwide Tyler Adams could be an intriguing participant to probably transfer for in the summertime market. Not primarily a right-back, Adams is relatively a really gifted jack of all trades and the 22-year-old is succesful in three positions that will go well with Arteta’s wants. Furthermore, his acquisition would imply that the membership doesn’t must look to maneuver for a center-back in the summertime and as a substitute, may depend on Gabriel, Ben White, William Saliba, and Takehiro Tomiyasu as their 4 central defenders when Adams is deployed as a right-back. His skill to shine in midfield would additionally imply he could possibly be referred to as upon in a wide range of duties and would give Arteta his personal model of Jams Milner; an necessary position for any fashionable membership.