Arsenal have already moved to bring in Alexandre Lacazette this summer, but are supposedly eyeing an attacking player who can play off the striker.
Alexis Sanchez is heavily expected to leave the club in the coming weeks, with Paris Saint-Germain looking his most likely destination at present. His exit will leave us shy of top attacking options, and a replacement is being lined up at present.
Thomas Lemar of AS Monaco appears to be Arsene Wenger’s first choice to take Alexis place in the squad, after a thoroughly impressive season with the French champions, but the £55 Million asking price may prove a stumbling block.
Riyad Mahrez appears to be awaiting Arsenal to complete their move to sign him, although the club appear to be keeping him as back-up should they fail to bring in the above. The Algerian was amazing in helping Leicester City to win the Premier League in 2016, but was inconsistent in the following term.
The latest player to be linked with a move to Arsenal is Real Madrid’s Marco Asensio. The young Spaniard earned a more regular role in his current side’s first team last term after a number of impressive displays, but could be tempted to switch with the guarantee of first-team football throughout the campaign, with competition for places at Real very strong.
We do of course have our own options already in the squad who could well be ready to take up a first-team role alongside Mesut Ozil in the starting line-up.
Two players who are linked with exits that would be happy to take over from the Chilean in a first-team capacity are Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The duo are both linked with the exit door at present, with West Ham, and Chelsea and Liverpool interested respectively, but both enjoyed what would have to be considered their best seasons in the previous campaign.
Theo scored an impressive 19 goals in all competitions, his best return in his senior career, and now would be a strange time to quit on his progress, after years of patience on his potential.
The Ox also enjoyed his best term, impressing largely in many outings in various positions, but I’m not sure his best play is seen when is placed behind the striker, and looks much more competent playing as a wing-back or central midfielder.
Lucas Perez is another highly expected to leave, but impressed on a number of outings last term, and was unfairly left to stew with very limited outings, and I for one would liked to have seen more of him in an Arsenal shirt.
Alex Iwobi will be staying with the squad this term, and won’t be included in the poll, but he would be an exciting option to take over from Sanchez in a first-team capacity also.