We all look at Arsenal and think ‘failures of the decade’ with a few years added, but are they?
Actually thinking about it, Arsenal are only gearing themselves up to what they can and probably will be, and that is Premier League Champions (at some point)!
It doesn’t really sound right does it given Arsenal’s last 13 years of performances taking the FA Cup out of the equation but, with all their finances ironed out and looking like they are now competing in the transfer market paying for top quality players such as Mesut Ozil in 2013 for somewhere around £42M.
Alexis Sanchez in 2014 in the region of £35M, which was a bargain for a player of his calibre. But given the current situation with him, fans not knowing what the hell is going on, the club could fall apart. Arsenal are desperate to get him to sign a new contract but with the apparent wages he is demanding the club don’t look like they will meet it. I say slap down on paper whatever he wants and get him to sign a deal that would see out the rest of his playing career in North London.
And now in 2017 they have what every Arsenal fan has demanded over the years since Robin Van Persie left for Man Utd and that is his replacement Alexandre Lacazette who was bought for a record fee (for Arsenal) at £46.5M from Lyon.
Arsenal are still trying to sign at least one more player before the transfer window slams shut and that is the Monaco Midfielder Thomas Lemar.
The 21 year old has been at Monaco since 2015. He’s made 89 appearances, scoring 19 goals and setting up 17 (2015-2017). He is a left footed versatile player that can play through the centre, on both wings and can even roam in a free role.
Given how young he is, his current market value is roughly £20.4M but has a price tag of well over €50M (£44M+) which is what Arsenal improved their offer to but was rejected by the French Club. He would definitely be a great young addition to the Gunners.
If Arsenal were to miss this target they could redirect their attention to a couple of other potential players such as Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) who to be honest I didn’t see a lot of him last season. Is he a one season wonder? I wonder! If this is him at his best, then I’m sorry to say I don’t think he’s the quality that Arsenal should be looking for. He’s 26 so doesn’t have too many years left to improve.
Also Defensive Midfielder Jean Michael-Seri (Nice) who is also 26. I think he would be a good addition to the team. I think he has the upper hand on Mahrez with his ability.
But seeing how stubborn clubs can be, I wouldn’t rule out that Arsenal may have finished their transfer business and don’t know it.
If they can get the likes of these players in and keeping hold of Alexis Sanchez, I can certainly see over the next couple of seasons the Premier League Crown going to the Emirates Stadium for the first time.
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