An interesting summer awaits Arsenal following another underwhelming Premier League campaign.
Changes are certainly on the horizon for the Gunners, with manager Arsene Wenger’s future in doubt and a number of their star players linked with moves away.
Securing Champions League football has now become a priority because of their failed title bid, which has angered the vast majority of fans.
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Given the quality at Wenger’s disposal - and the poor form shown by their rivals - many expected Arsenal to romp to the English crown, yet they’ve once again struggled to perform consistently and underachieved as a result.
A summer of comings and goings is now imminent and, according to the Mirror, they’ve joined the hunt for Borussia Dortmund’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
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The Armenian has enjoyed an excellent campaign at the Westfalenstadion, recording 11 goals and 13 assists thus far.
Such has been his influence that a number of Europe’s elite sides are keen to sign him this summer, with Chelsea also a reported suitor amidst Mkhitaryan’s desire to play in the Premier League.
There’s no doubting Arsenal need greater firepower going forward following a season which has seen Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all struggle to perform.
The trio’s futures are all in doubt, and it seems Mkhitaryan is being lined up as a potential replacement.
Walcott’s career at the Emirates Stadium is at particular threat of coming to a close this summer, with Sky Sports reports recently revealing that Wenger doesn’t know where the winger’s future lies.
When asked if Walcott could leave, he said: “I don’t know yet.
“I’m not in transfer mode at the moment, but I think he has gone through a bad spell. He has responded very well, because he said: ‘Okay, I will work harder and more’.”
Arsenal fans would undoubtedly welcome the arrival of Mkhitaryan, who would be considered an upgrade on the under-fire Walcott.
The England international has managed just five goals in the Premier League this season - nine in all competitions - despite being afforded the chance to prove his worth as a striker.
Strikes against Stoke and Leicester City in September suggested Wenger’s decision to deploy Walcott up front was an inspired one, yet one Premier League goal in 2016 has seen him fall down the pecking order.
Midfield ace Mesut Ozil could also be on the move this summer. According to the Evening Standard, the Germany international is in no hurry to sign a new contract and will wait until the end of the season to consider his options.