Posted on April 27, 2017 by ADMIN

Three Players Who Could Improve Arsenal’s Squad Next Season

Whether Arsene Wenger is in charge of Arsenal in the summer or a new man comes into the club, there is going to be a major rebuilding process taking place when the 2016/17 campaign comes to an end. The Gunners have simply not been up to the task this season, which could see them finish outside the top four in the Premier League standings for the first time since 1996.

Missing out on Champions League football could hamper Arsenal’s chances of signing some big name stars to the club, while at the same time, they have to convince the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil to remain in north London. Both players have yet to commit their future by signing new contracts, although there have been rumours that Sanchez has been offered a new deal. Their decisions are likely to made at the end of this disappointing season.

In the 2016/17 campaign, Arsenal have struggled to put together impressive performances against those ranked above them in the Premier League ladder. Indeed, as a study by online sports bookmaker Betway Insider into the over and underachievers of the season demonstrates, Arsenal have only won once at bigger odds than 8/11. That victory came against Chelsea all the way back in September, in what was arguably their finest performance of the season. They ran out 3-0 winners at the Emirates Stadium, with goals coming from Sanchez, Ozil and Theo Walcott.

Here are three players that could help Arsenal to recover next season, and put them back in contention for qualification into the Champions League and possibly the title hunt.

Joe Hart (Manchester City)

After 31 games this season, Arsenal have conceded 40 goals, which is more than any of the top seven clubs in the Premier League table.  When you look at the top two sides who are still in the title hunt, Spurs have only let in 22 goals, while Chelsea have conceded 27. That is no coincidence, as Hugo Lloris and Thibaut Courtois are two of the best ‘keepers in England.

Since moving from Chelsea in the summer of 2015, Petr Cech has done an excellent job. The 35-year-old has not has the best campaign of his career this season, though. His age just might be starting to catch up with him. Another goalkeeper will also be needed if David Ospina leaves this summer, Fenerbahce are thought to be keen on securing his services.

Arsenal should go out of their way to sign Joe Hart this summer. The England number one is set to become available on the transfer market, where they may face competition from Torino, where he is currently at on loan. It is not often a world class shot-stopper is looking for a move so this is the perfect opportunity for the Gunners to adopt a ‘keeper who can be between their sticks for a number of years. He knows the Premier League well and would probably be available for £20 million, a cheap price to play for a world class player in today’s market.

Michael Keane (Burnley)

Burnley defender Michael Keane has announced he is leaving Turfmoor at the end of the season, which has no doubt alerted the attention of a number of big clubs in the Premier League. The 24-year-old has been excellent for the Lancashire club and that earned him his debut for England earlier in the season, where he started against Germany in a friendly.

Arsenal have been linked with Virgil Van Dijk this summer, but they do have a record of signing young English defenders. In 2014, they bought Callum Chambers from Southampton, while last summer they acquired Rob Holden from Bolton. Keane would be an excellent choice and would probably walk straight into the team. He knows the Premier League well and appears to be improving with every start.

Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)

Frenchman Karim Benzema has been one of the leading strikers in Europe for a number of years now. As outlined on football statistics site WhoScored, he Real Madrid forward has scored at least 20 goals in each of the last six seasons. Although it feels like he has been around at the top level for a long time, he is only 29-years-old; therefore, he still has a lot of football left in his career.

Arsenal have been lacking a number nine for a long time; that is one of the reasons why they have been linked with Arda Turin. Benzema would be the perfect fit into their team, though. If they could persuade the Real Madrid man to join, it could help keep Sanchez and Ozil at the club and also help attract other big name stars.

Before any transfers are made this summer, though, the board have to decide who will be leading the club next summer. Arsene Wenger’s contract is up at the end of the campaign and no decision has yet been made about his future at the club.

Which three players do you think would improve the team?

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12 thoughts on “Three Players Who Could Improve Arsenal’s Squad Next Season

  1. John Ibrahim

    This is why we will never win the title

    Fans are calling for 30yo hart and Benzema who hardly feature for Real….and unknown Kean

    We need quality world class players like Isco, bakakoyo, Griezmann and etc…

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  2. Quantic Dream

    3 players? Scratch that, we only need one person, a new coach. Until then the cycle of mediocrity…..will continue.

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  3. Yossarian

    Joe Hart definitely. He’s a top quality keeper and would make a great replacement for Cech.

    Benzema? We hear this rumour every season, and I’m a bit fed-up of it now.

    I’d love to see Arsenal break-the-bank for Lukaku, who could be a 30-goal striker with service from Ozil, provided we also rectify our midfield ball-winning and retention.

    Victory in the last 3 games is beginning to provide a false impression that Arsenal are having some sort of revival. The new formation helped, but it’s too little too late from Wenger.

    What if the other big teams move-on tactically next season (Which the successful ones inevitably will) and Wenger takes another 10 years to figure out which positions everybody should play in the new formation? And then (Of course) he’ll need to work out how to fit-in Aaron Ramsey as much as possible!

    No matter who we buy, I fear it’ll just be the same again, unless we either change manager, or change structure to put pressure on Wenger all season (EG. Director of Football with real power and not just another “Yes” man).

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  4. Guneal (English Arsenal fans are gullible)

    Hart, Keane, Benzema.

    If you don’t understand the meaning of mediocrity look up that list. 👆

    How on earth can this players improve arsenal.

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  5. Vishaad

    Zaha would be an excellent replacement for the useless Walcott. Too often Walcott has disappointed with his dismal performances . Zaha shows desire , persistence and skill to be a great winger for Arsenal .

    Serge Aurier for the right back role as Bellerin is set for Barca . Sead Kolasinac for the left back role with Van Dyk in the centre back position instead of Gabriel . These 3 players are powerful, pacy players who will add much needed steel and presence. They will not be bullied or out muscled as Gabriel,Montreal and Bellerin are .

    Sigurdson or Cesc for the deep lying playmaker role left vacant by Car zola

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    1. gotanidea

      Good list. I would love them in Arsenal’s squad as well, but the problem is money, because Arsenal is known for stinginess. If Mane costed Liverpool around 34 millions, Zaha, Aurier and Van Dijk combined could cost around 100 millions. I don’t think Arsenal would be willing to spend that kind of money in one season. Most likely they will spend 30 million plus money for only one marquee player next season.

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  6. Kedar Damle

    Instead of Joe Hart I may go Pickford.. He is better than Joe Hart and very young too..

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  7. gooner4life

    Kasper Schmichle would be a great replacement in goal,Abuymange or Griesman or both Would be amazing.But we all know it wont happen.

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  8. citrenoogeht

    All things being equal and we are able to keep the likes of Ozil, Sanchez and “The Ox”, I would like to see the following players signed and I believe that this would give us a fighting chance next season.

    1) Zaha in, Walcott out.
    2) Virgil van Dijk.
    3) Lacazette.

    Apparently we have already signed Sead Kolasinac, which I see as a positive signing. The only thing that we would need to tie everything together is a manager that could get the best out of all of that potential….

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  9. Gooner Craig

    In a dream world:
    – Lukaku
    – Vidal
    – Van Dijk

    But being realistally hopeful I’d probably say:
    – Lacazette
    – Idrissa Gueye?
    – Kaspar S

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  10. amb98

    The squad needs wholesale changes as a number of players have once again showed they lack the consistency and quality to play for Arsenal. In terms of signings:
    GK- in: either Pickford/ Lafont out: Ospina (don’t want him to leave but it seems inevitable)
    RB: in: Mario Gaspar/Hugo Mallo/Karsdorp/Pereira/Cancelo, out: Debuchy and Jenkinson
    CB: in: Van Dijk/Manolas/Tah/Keane, out: Mertesacker, Gabriel (keep if we play a back 3), bring back Chambers
    LB: in: Mendy/Kolasinac/Bertrand, out: Gibbs
    CDM: in: Nzonzi/Bakayoko/Danilo Pereira/Carvalho/Tousart/Diawara, out: Coquelin
    CM: in: Isco/Jorginho/Keita/Weigl/Kovacic to play the santi role, out: Ramsey, Wilshere
    Winger:in: Lemar/Douglas Costa/Lucas/Zaha/Balde Keita- someone who can beat a player, out: Walcott (scored quite a few goals this year but does not impact games the way someone at their prime should)
    Striker: in: Lacazette, out: Giroud (only for a good offer though, he’s a decent super sub, however if Sanchez stays we may not need a first choice ST)

    In an ideal situation this would be nice but obviously will not happen, would be content if we addressed 4/5 of these positions nevertheless

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    1. citrenoogeht

      I like your compilation, the only player I would add to that wish list is Sadio Mane with the likes of Zaha…I know it will never happen but as I said its only a wish list.

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