The transfer window opens in a few months time and already speculation is rife about which players Arsenal are interested in and like any fan I have my own wish list of players that I would like to see at the Emirates next season.
Of course, I would like superstar signings but the list I have created below is about four players that I believe will fit in well with us and that are realistic options, even if one or two of them may be a bit expensive.
Wilfried Zaha – Crystal Palace
This lad is fast and creative, we all know what he is capable of and he reminds me a little of Theo Walcott, just potentially more effective, I mean, can you imagine him running at the defences and having Lacazette and Aubameyang ready to feed off him?
He would be reasonably priced as well, sure, Palace would hold out for a ton of money but you have to think we could land him for a fee in the region of £30-£40 Million.
James Ward-Prowse – Southampton
Ward-Prowse is a dead ball specialist, he knows how to whip in a cross, pick out a pinpoint pass and let fly with some stunning free kicks but he is more than that, he has vision and is creative and similar to what Zaha would do further up the pitch, Ward-Prowse would be able to send some wicked through balls to our forward line.
Put it this way, he would be a great replacement for Aaron Ramsey.
Southampton are a selling club let’s be honest and for the right price, they will sell.
Harry Maguire – Leicester City
A great defender and very effective when required up front, he reminds me a little of Tony Adams, not in a tackling sense, he is no Adams in that regards, but he shows leadership, something we do occasionally lack and he pops up at critical times with goals, just like Adams used to.
Leicester City does not see themselves as a selling club and will hold out for a large fee, but the truth is, that they do sell their best players and Maguire could be available under the right circumstances.
James Rodríguez – Real Madrid
Rodríguez is currently on loan at Bayern Munich and before Zinedine Zidane was reappointed as Real Madrid manager it was considered a certainty that he would be sold, that may not be the case now, who knows, but what I do know is that if we can sign the 27-year-old attacking midfielder, we should.
The Colombian is world class, he is brilliant on the ball, a fantastic passer, has great vision and is as creative as they come, he would be a huge addition for us and he may not be as expensive as you would normally think.
If there is one player we should go for, if he comes available, it is James Rodríguez.
That is my wish list and like I said above, I honestly believe they are realistic options, I am sure that not everyone will agree and will have their own wish list, but for me, any of the four players would be fantastic additions to our squad and my fingers are crossed that we try to sign at least one of them in the summer.