By Alex Fisher
Last Updated: 22nd July 2019
Arsenal look set to be big players in this summer’s transfer market as they head into the Premier League season with plenty of rebuilding to do after missing out on a top-four place in 2018/19.
Unai Emery’s first season promised much but one win from their last five saw Arsenal miss out on a Champions League place. And they missed another chance as they were beaten 4-1 by Chelsea in the Europa League final.
A new campaign brings a host of challenges for the Gunners, although they appear to be well-stocked up front with lethal duo Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.
Feeding the pair seems to be the big issue, and according to our transfer markets Wilfried Zaha is the leading candidate to bring some creativity. The Crystal Palace forward is 8/13 to swap Selhurst Park for the Emirates Stadium before the August 5th deadline.
However, he is not the only option. Here we take a look at other potential incomings at Arsenal.
Creative spark required
With Aaron Ramsey – one of last season’s brighter sparks – departing for Juventus, the responsibility for creativity falls on the shoulders of Mesut Özil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
But if Arsenal are to break back into the Champions League places, Emery needs to strengthen his options to provide for their potent strikeforce – Aubameyang and Lacazette scored 35 league goals last season.
Zaha and Nabil Fekir have both been heavily linked with a move to Emirates Stadium but funds could be an issue for Arsenal – particularly with Palace reportedly holding out for £80million for Zaha.
💰 Arsenal have reportedly bid £40 million for Wilfried Zaha
— William Hill (@WilliamHill) July 1, 2019
The unattached Yacine Brahimi – formerly of Porto – and Borussia Dortmund’s Jacob Bruun Larsen are also said to be in the mix, although Yannick Carrasco and Dani Ceballos would go down much better with Gunners’ fans.
The case for the defence
And it is not just midfield that needs addressing, Arsenal’s defence was far-from convincing in 2018/19 and Emery needs to bolster his options to give them a platform to build from.
Laurent Koscielny is coming into the final year of his contract and the likes of Shkodran Mustafi and Rob Holding have failed to suggest they are ready to step into his shoes.
Celtic full-back Kieran Tierney has emerged as a potential transfer target and would definitely strengthen Arsenal’s left side, but there has been a lack of names mentioned in central positions.
Emery has a busy couple of weeks ahead of him. The 2019/20 season is huge for Arsenal. They cannot afford to fall further away from the title race, particularly with the likes of Wolves and Leicester City making big strides.