It’s not yet certain what Arsenal’s season will hold, with the Gunners still in the chase for a top four finish and qualification to next season’s Champions League, but they must already start looking ahead to the summer. Speculation has already been sparked over who could arrive at the Emirates Stadium.
Of course, it’s not yet known if Arsenal will spend big. In January, they only signed Denis Suarez on loan from Barcelona, with their transfer market outlay last summer modest. The North London side aren’t even trying to challenge the likes of the two Manchester clubs and the two Spanish giants for players anymore. They need to look elsewhere.
So who should they target this summer? Kieran Tierney has been linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium in recent weeks, with the Celtic left bak considered one of the best young prospects in the European game right now. With Nacho Monreal expected to move on at the end of the season, his signing would be a shrewd addition.
Unai Emery could use a wide attacker to compliment what he already has in the final third with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette and so Nicolas Pepe could be a target this summer, with the Lille winger attracted attention from a number of Premier League and European clubs.
However, Pepe could cost something close to £100 million and that would put the winger out of Arsenal’s reach. This could force the Gunners to look at younger options, with Paris Saint-Germain’s Christopher Nkunku linked with a move to North London. He would seem to fit the profile that Arsenal are looking for.
Much of Arsenal’s focus this summer will be on moving players out, rather than bringing them out. Aaron Ramsey is already set to make the move to Juventus when his contract runs out and Monreal, as already mentioned, is expected to leave the Emirates Stadium. Barcelona, of all clubs, are reported to be interested.
Then there’s the continuing Mesut Ozil saga. Emery hasn’t managed to keep his desire to get the German out of the club much of a secret, but on a contract of £350,000 finding a buyer for the playmaker will be tough. Bringing in the right players on a modest budget might prove just as tough for the Gunners.
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