Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry has urged Arsene Wenger to sign Leicester City midfielder N’Golo Kante this summer.
Kante has been one of the catalysts for the Foxes’ charge for league domination under the guidance of Claudio Ranieri, and alongside Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy, the France international has stamped his authority in the squad.
He was a £5.6 million signing from French side Caen last year and his performances all season have earned him accolades from all quarters.
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Henry insists a quality acquisition in Kante would give the Gunners depth and dynamics alongside the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.
He told Sky Sports, as per The Mirror: “If [Alexis] Sanchez can perform the way he’s performing at the minute and we have Mesut Ozil carrying on giving the assists he’s been giving since the start of the season, then you can think if you have the striker who can score in that moment – maybe N’Golo Kante [as well], we have lots of names we can throw around.”
The Gunners' all-time record goal-scorer is of the opinion that the summer transfer window will be one of the busiest for Arsenal – contrary to what has been witnessed in recent years.
“It looks like Arsenal can and should finish in the top four, but there is something to look forward to, and that’s next season.
“Mahrez was also linked, but its going to be a very busy summer for Arsene because you need to get that excitement back and the fans to look forward to something for next season.”
The Premier League giants are out of the running for this term’s title challenge with only Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester fighting for supremacy.
PERFORMANCES PROVE CREDENTIALS
Kante’s statistics for the East Midlands club vindicate Henry’s statements.
The 25-year-old has featured in 36 games, averaging 4.5 tackles and 4.1 interceptions per match, as recorded by WhoScored.com. He has also made the shortlist for the PFA Player of the Year award and could be the impetus that Wenger needs to compete with his contemporaries.
Meanwhile, the majority of the Gunners’ faithful boycotted the midweek home tie against West Brom, calling for the sacking of their manager but Arsene Wenger remains optimistic and has advised the fans to return to Emirates Stadium in support of quality football.
ESPN quoted the 66-year-old saying: “To come and support the team. If you love football, you go out there and I think you see quality football. That’s what we try to give to our people.”
On the back of another disappointing season, Wenger has some serious issues to address to if he wants the glory days to be back to north London.