When Arsenal snapped up out-of favour Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech in June many would have been forgiven for thinking that this would be the summer that Arsene Wenger would finally splash the cash to match Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City.
However with the transfer window officially closing on September 1, it isn’t too late for Arsenal to make some crucial additions to challenge for the league and maybe a strong run in Europe.
We look at some players that would take Arsenal’s squad to the next level.
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With Per Mertesacker’s strength and height Arsenal’s defence on occasion can be solid as well as a goal threat, but the lack of a fast reliable centre-half has cost the north London club many top games over the last few seasons.
The German centre back Jermome Boateng would provide pace,power and experience in Arsenal’s back four after four successful seasons in Bayern defence.
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The 26-year old is contracted until summer 2018 and would be hard to pry away from the Bundesliga champions, but a bid of around £30 million would certainly test their resolve.
With Wenger claiming that Francis Coquelin is the equivalent of a new signing after bringing him back from loan last December, and Arsenal’s midfielder woes still not over its obvious a strong holding midfielder who can protect Arsenal’s defence as well as contributing to their attack is needed.
The 23-year old Sporting Lisbon player is the perfect target for this role as his strength has given Sporting a dominate midfield in the Primeira Liga the last two seasons.
The Portuguese international has a £37.5 million buy-out-clause in his contract, but seeing as how he is still out injured for another two months a deal could possibly be struck for under £30 million and Arsenal would still have a stronger midfield two months before a new normally inflated January window opens.
With Mikel Arteta, 33 and Mathieu Flamini, 31 also failing to make any serious improvements to Arsenal’s midfield in the top games in England and in Europe the Gunners need another holding/central midfielder to control the game against strong opposition and defend when needed.
Lars Bender would provide just this as he acts as a defensive tactician for Bayer Leverkusen and at relatively young age of 26 the German international could provide Arsenal with experience and youth and would partner well with fellow target Carvalho.
The 26-year old is currently the subject of an expected Arsenal bid in the region of £18 million, but a cost around £22 million is more realistic if Arsenal are to get their man.
Olivier Giroud did well in Arsenal’s first team last season with 19-goals in all competitions, but failed to make a serious difference in keeping up with runaway champions Chelsea. An established goal scorer is needed with Champions League experience and a marquee name would provide an answer to critics suggesting Arsenal and Wegner can no longer attract the top players to
come to the Emirates.
Cavani would arrive would an expectation to achieve greatness in the goals department and would offer an aggressive attribute to stand up to defenders in games where Giroud has been easily dealt with in the past. The 28-year old Uruguayan is reportedly happy in the French capital with Paris Saint-Germain and it is reported that Arsene Wenger will wait for encouragement from PSG before making an offer.
A Cavani transfer is sure to turn heads and could give Arsenal the final piece of the jigsaw to win the league and Champions League, but don’t expect PSG to let him go for less than £40 million.