Arsenal have endured a painful season this year, and while we can still save ourselves with a top four finish and the FA Cup, we have to be looking at major changes this summer. CrownBet’s FA Cup Futures have us as outsiders at 13/10 (2.3) to win the FA Cup (13/5 (3.6) to win inside 90 minutes), and we are currently relying on our rivals ahead of us in the league to drop points as we look to claw our way back inside the top four.
While we can still enjoy a magical end of season, that can not distract us from eyeing a major transfer window, as our previous signings have failed to make the grade. Arsenal simply have to invest in proven talent in the coming post-season, and the spine of the team needs to be assessed.
We need to be looking at signing a top striker, with each of our rivals having better options, and we have to sign someone who can danger the 20-goal mark every year.
Romelu Lukaku, Andrea Belotti and Alexandre Lacazette look our most likely options for the role, although I would much prefer to see our club splash out on Antoine Griezmann, Paulo Dybala or Kylian Mbappe.
The Italian looks the biggest risk, after only one season of amazing goalscoring, but the fact he has a wide variation of goals is exciting. He scores with either foot as well as his head, and with the technical ability he has on the ball makes him stand out as a real future star.
Both Bellotti and Lukaku seem likely to seal moves to bigger clubs this summer, but neither will come cheap, and our club needs to open their wallets or risk falling further behind our title rivals.
We simply have to look at strengthening our central midfield area also, and bring in a comfortable centre-back. Francis Coquelin has simply not done enough this term, and as our most defensive option, he has left our defence open.
While Kante is the man everybody is talking about, he would be near-impossible to prise away from Chelsea. William Carvalho has long been linked with a move to our club, and this summer may actually be the time for us to follow up our interest on the £35 Million midfielder. Atalanta’s Franck Kessie is an interesting option also, and at 20 he could prove to be a top addition for years to come. The latter also poses as more of the Arsenal-type signings, but I see big things for the Ivory Coast international.
Virgil Van Dijk is expected to be available this summer also, although a number of rivals will be chasing him, but he has to be a priority when looking to build a title-winning defence.
Who would your most important signings be this summer?