The Gunners this year look to have a lack of depth in their squad as a result of letting go numerous ‘dead wood’ players from the club.
It has been made public by the club that there is an apparent £70million budget for Arsene Wenger to utilise this summer. The Frenchman however is yet to spend any of that money.
It is clear to Arsenal fans that money must be spent in order to compete in the Premier League this season. Here are five players who could help lead the Gunners to glory once again.
Julio Cesar (Queen Park Rangers) Goalkeeper
Wojciech Szczesny has established himself as the Arsenal number one in the past few seasons at the Emirates, with Lukas Fabianski as the back-up keeper.
Many Gunners fans however, aren’t satisfied with the goalkeeper position and believe Wenger needs to recruit another; and Julio Cesar could be the ideal buy. The 33-year-old is currently at Queens Park Rangers, but has expressed his desire to leave following Rangers relegation to the Championship. The Brazilian shot-stopper has vast experience which he can impart onto Szczesny. Arsenal and Szczesny could both greatly benefit from the signing which would only cost the Gunners around £2million, and it would be hard to think of a better back-up goalkeeper in the Premier League.
Ashley Williams (Swansea) Centre Back
It is rumoured that Arsenal are pursuing Swansea and Wales captain Ashley Williams. It is evident that Arsenal need to purchase another centre-back, due the ongoing injury problems of current captain Thomas Vermaelen.
Williams has fixed his place in the Swansea team, being praised as one of the most consistent defenders in the Premier League. The Welshman would be likely to only cost Arsenal around £10million, which could be a well-worth signing for the north-London club.
Marouane Fellaini (Everton) Centre Midfield
After learning the news that Mikel Arteta could be out for up two months, it is apparent that the Gunners need to sign another midfielder to add depth to their squad. Marouane Fellaini is the kind of meaningful signing which Gunners fans have been expecting and craving this summer.
The big Belgian could be worth the sizeable £30million fee due to his versatility, being able to play a defensive or attacking role in the midfield. While the Gunners are unlikely to sign him due to his release clause- reported to be £25million- having expired last week, Arsenal fans may believe that £30million would still be a worthwhile purchase.
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) Striker
Wayne Rooney's future at Old Trafford is in doubt after he voiced his desires to leave the club this summer. While Chelsea may be his preferred destination, United have rejected two bids from Chelsea as David Moyes is adamant to keep Rooney in his squad.
However, Manchester United may be more partial to sell to the Gunners as they may not be considered a title rival. Rooney is likely to carry a bulky transfer fee of around £35million; he may be worth the large payout and could be the biggest remedy to Arsenal’s problems.
Alternative signings that Arsenal could make:
Alex McCarthy (Reading) Goalkeeper, Mamadou Sakho (Paris Saint-Germain) Centre Back, Ardu Turan (Athletico Madrid) Attacking Midfield, Michu (Swansea) Striker.