Speculation has been rife at Arsenal since February 2017. The club’s failure to tie down the dynamic duo of Ozil and Alexis has led to relentless speculation about their futures, and how the club will move to replace them. Despite having almost a year to tie them down, or sell, the club have failed to do so.
Theo Walcott has gone, Alexis Sanchez is on his way out, and Arsenal could be looking at two top class additions to replace the pair. If this happens, expect Wenger to return to a 4-2-3-1 system.
The reactions of the Czech stopper may have slowed, with mistakes creeping into his game more and more, but he’s still the best Arsenal have. A top class replacement has been touted for the summer, but a January move will not be top priority.
Bellerin is slowly getting back to his best, after a loss of confidence in 2017. Regardless of form, Bellerin is Arsenal’s best right back. If he can rediscover his form, he could be vital for Arsenal’s run in.
He may be having a tough time, but he’s by no means finished as some typically negative Arsenal fans claim. The guy has carried Arsenal’s defence for years, and there’s still gas left in the tank.
Mustafi has stepped up this season when he’s been fit. Forget the howler against United, this guy is very good, and could be top class under a better manager.
Kolasinac / Maitland-Niles / Monreal
Maitland-Niles is a better footballer, but Kolasinac is a natural in this position. Despite this, Wenger logic will probably mean he persists with the right footed, young Englishman.
Xhaka and Ramsey / Wilshere
In an ideal world, these three would play together in a three. The extra legs would protect Xhaka’s lack of mobility and the extra protection would allow Ramsey to make those vital runs into the box to create goal scoring opportunities. Wilshere may be the best footballer, but results have shown that the Ramsey / Xhaka pivot is the most successful.
The German looks set to pen a mega money deal at Arsenal, and his inclusion is a must. He makes this team tick, and if he goes, it’s going to be a very tough second half of the season for Arsenal.
Aubamayang / Mkhitaryan / Lacazette
The highly reported swap deal between Alexis and Mkhitaryan looks like it is nearing completion, and the Armenian playmaker will be a fantastic signing for Arsenal. Forget about his time at United, Mkhitaryan is a top player, and one that Wenger can get the best out of. His arrival will reduce the dependency on Ozil to create, and give Lacazette more opportunities to score.
On top of this, reports have emerged that the club are close to a deal to bring in Aubamayang. Negotiations with Dortmund are well underway, with the Gabon striker desperate to make the move. This move will add pace, creativity and goals to the Arsenal attack, and should provide a lift to everyone. His relationship with Mkhitaryan will allow the pair to settle quickly, and ultimately improve the quality of this Arsenal squad overnight.
These additions will also give Lacazette much more freedom to do what he does best – score goals. So far this season, the Frenchman has been starved of creativity, and these additions would change that. Arsenal must get these deals over the line if they want to compete for the top four this season.
While these deals will not see Arsenal close the gap on City, they will bring them closer to the top four, meaning the summer’s rebuild will not be as big. Arsenal deserve to be in the position they are currently in due to their lack of investment in the summer, and failure to tie down key players, but if these deals come off, it will be a positive sign for the club.