Today Arsenal slumped to a dismal 6-0 defeat away from home against Chelsea, which has all but ended their title ambitions. But what are the positions that Arsene Wenger need to reinforce for next season?
Midfield – Arsenal have a lot of depth and quality in midfield but are still missing that world class defensive midfielder to sit next to either Aaron Ramsey or Jack Wilshere. Mikel Arteta has fantastic passing ability but lacks the physicality to be a real midfield general, and although Matthieu Flamini can boss a midfield he lacks the technical ability to affect the build up on the game on an offensive level. Both are getting on in age too.
Ilkay Gündogan – The 23 year old hasn’t played in the Bundesliga for the Dortmund since the 4-0 win against Augsberg in August through injury, but showcased enough quality last season alone to dignify taking a chance on him. Gündogan’s passing ability is world renowned and the classy German has a footballing mind to match. One of Dortmund’s main players in a campaign that saw them get to the Champion’s League final.
Lars Bender – Arsenal tabled a bid for Lars Bender reportedly to be in the region of £19.7m which shows Wenger is a fan of the player. The dynamic box to box midfielder showcases every defensive attribute you could want in a defensive midfielder, with strength, work rate, tackling ability and with the willingness to make runs and get forward to help the cause. He’ll be looking to impress at the world cup in Brazil for Germany to further strengthen possible interest in him.
Paul Pogba – It would take a massive bid to tempt Juventus into parting with their French wonderkid. At the age of 21 Pogba is long from achieving his full potential but is already setting Serie A alight with virtuoso displays of great defensive and offensive prowess. Including scoring some incredible goals. France’s best player in a team that saw the French under 21 team win their age group’s world cup it’s clear he has the potential to be one of the best defensive midfielders in world football.
Strikers – This is the main position Wenger will be looking to strengthen this summer. After summer moves for forwards went nowhere; it’s been a one man show this season for Olivier Giroud (with the odd cameo for Nicklas Bendtner and Yaya Sanogo), but although Giroud has displayed some great abilities it’s clear he’s not a top quality striker that can maintain the title challenge alone.
Mario Balotelli – There has already been talk of the possibility of Balotelli moving to Arsenal in a deal partly funded by Puma. But the main question would be although the Italian has everything the modern day center forward needs does his discipline problem make him more trouble than he’s worth? In his short career Balotelli has been more publicised for his actions off the pitch than on it regardless of his incredible ability, it’ll be upto whether or not Wenger believes he can change that.
Diego Costa – Costa has been nothing short of prolific this season, driving Atletico Madrid forward as a consistent match winner. Last season he only managed 10 goals in La Liga but this season he’s risen to 22 goals so far with the last bit of the season still to play. Showcasing strength, dribbling ability and some spectacular goals will make him hot property this summer, especially if he impresses at the World Cup for Spain.
Jackson Martinez – The 27 year old Colombian is a classic late bloomer, enjoying a modest career in football before joining Portugese giants Porto in 2014 where he’s become one of the leading goalscorers in the world. Since moving to Porto he’s managed 41 goals in 53 games, and although it would be a gamble the quality of players to come out of Porto speaks for itself.
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