Arsene Wenger - the French Magician.
He came to the Premier League with Arsenal and it didn't take him long to put together one of the greatest teams to win the title. Wenger's Invincibles included players like Sol Campbell, Patrick Vieira, Freddy Ljungberg, Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry.
That was over 10 years ago now, and there has been serious concern over a lack of quality signings to replace those greats.
Below is a list of five players Wenger could have signed this summer to help create the next team of invincibles.
1. Asmir Begovic – 26, GK, Bosnian international
Asmir Begovic has been one of the best and most consistent goalkeepers over the last four years in the Premier League. First team football has benefitted him greatly and shot-stopping is one of the best parts of his game.
The value of a top class goalkeeper cannot be underestimated and it has been a problem area for Arsenal for a number of seasons. Begovic would have been a fantastic addition to the squad but with no offer from Wenger appearing another season at Stoke is the outcome.
2. Mamadou Sakho – 23, CB, French international
The previous captain of Paris St-Germain until Thiago Silva was brought in and Carlo Ancelotti decided against using the young, but highly competent and promising Sakho.
He made only 34 appearances in total for PSG last season and was unlikely to see increased game time if he stayed. He is a hard working, technically able centre back who has shown he has the leadership qualities that oft appear missing in a young and relatively inexperienced Arsenal team.
At 6’2” Sakho is an imposing presence who would have added some much needed steel and composure to the Arsenal back line, offering an alternative to the somewhat erratic Laurent Koscielny and the questionable Per Mertesacker.
Unfortunately for Arsenal fans, once again Wenger was slow out of the blocks and Mamadou Sakho has completed a move to Liverpool F.C for an estimated £18m.
3. Marouane Fellaini – 25, CM, Belgian international
Arsenal, the team that plays beautiful football. A fantastic accolade to have no doubt, and some of the football they play is simply brilliant. But for all the finesse and style, they are often accused of lacking the steel needed in a Premier League midfield to end that eight year trophy drought.
Fellaini would have been the perfect addition. Combative, powerful and strong in the tackle; but still with the ability on the ball to make that decisive pass. He is the heir apparent to Vieira.
A Belgian international who has gone from strength to strength since moving to Everton. Last year, Fellaini notched up 12 goals in all competitions for Everton despite playing largely at centre midfield, something else that Arsenal could do with. A release clause well within Arsenal's reach early in the summer existed and Wenger could have completed a great piece of business.
However no formal offers were made and it now appears very likely that Fellaini will still be plying his trade in the north, but in the red of Manchester United instead of the red and white of Arsenal.
4. Stevan Jovetic – 23, CF/SS, Montenegrin international
Perhaps the least needed player on this list. Jovetic plays primarily as a second striker, an area that you could argue Arsenal is strong in with Santi Cazorla essentially operating in that sphere.
Jovetic however offers goals, that little bit of magic that can change games in a second and could prove to be the difference between lifting a trophy or hanging a silver medal around your neck.
Last year for Fiorentina Jovetic scored 13 goals in 34 appearances, a very good return for a young forward. He has great technical ability and his dribbling skills are up their with the best.
Manchester City snapped him up for a reasonable £22m and once again Arsenal missed out on a potential replacement to club legend Dennis Bergkamp.
5. Gonzalo Higuain – 25, CF, Argentine international
A player Arsenal is crying out for. A guaranteed goalscorer. With a record of 102 goals in 197 appearances for Real Madrid you can see why numerous clubs coveted him when Madrid announced his availability.
Many fans often think he is older than his 25 years, but this is due to his early introduction to football at the highest level. Clearly a sign of world-class talent.
He is very capable at hold up play, something vital in an Arsenal striker as it would allow their fast wingers to be brought into play. However his best attribute is his lethal finishing, as the statistics suggest.
With just over a goal every two games, he would have been a great addition to the first eleven. It was reported that Wenger was interested, but that interest did not materialise into a signing and Higuain left the sun of Madrid for the sun of Naples without even a glance towards the hustle and bustle of north London.
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