Arsenal could be in for a very exciting summer if recent developments are anything to go by.
First they signed the highly-rated Granit Xhaka, who arrived from Borussia Monchengladbach for £30 million last month.
Fans were given a taste of what to expect from the 23-year-old during Switzerland’s recent win over Albania at Euro 2016, after which Xhaka was awarded man of the match for a dominant display.
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And most recently, the Gunners have been tipped to sign Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who reportedly prefers a move to north London over the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool.
The Armenian recently turned down a new deal to stay at the Westfalenstadion, and it would seem the German giants are close to deciding on his future.
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This is according to the Independent, who claim sporting director Michael Zorc confirmed that they “will make a decision this week”.
Exciting news for Arsenal, who desperately need greater quality on the right flank.
Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joel Campbell all vied to secure a starting berth out wide last term but ultimately failed to deliver on a consistent basis.
Mkhitaryan would be the perfect acquisition, then, following a season where the 27-year-old scored and assisted 11 and 15 goals respectively in the Bundesliga.
Where Walcott, the ‘Ox’ and Campbell are concerned, they managed just nine goals and four assists between them in the Premier League.
Put simply, they’re not cut out for the role.
All three’s futures have recently been thrown into doubt but it would seem Walcott has been assured he will remain in north London next campaign.
Reports per the Telegraph claim the 27-year-old and manager Arsene Wenger held talks at the end of last season and agreed he would fight for a place on the right, not upfront.
Back to Mkhitaryan’s potential deal, he would likely cost Arsenal somewhere in the region of £25 million, but given how well he has performed in Germany since arriving three years ago, it would be money well spent.
And his sister, Monika Mkhitaryan, might have dropped a big hint that he could be on his way to the Emirates Stadium.
In the tweet below, she appears to follow just one professional football club on LinkedIn: Arsenal.
It’s probably mere coincidence considering she works for UEFA, but it’s worth wondering why Monika would follow her brother’s potential employers of all clubs.
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