What does Arsenal need to challenge for the Premier League title?
A rapid winger and a couple of strong center backs
Alright, for Arsenal to challenge for the Premier League we need to change a lot about them. They are going to have some trouble recruiting since they only have a reported 45 million pounds to spend in the summer. First on the list would be 2-3 CB’s that are commanding, strong, and tall. For this, I would recommend someone like Jonathan Tah. At 6’4″ and 213 pounds he is a force to be reckoned with and he has had 3 and a half seasons of top-flight football with Bayer Leverkusen (Leno’s old employers) and has been starting there since he was 18. Now 23 years old I think he can make the step up to a Champions League challenger in Arsenal and prove what he is made of.
In terms of other defenders, Arsenal can look at would be players like Rugani from Juventus and Diallo from Borussia Dortmund. Chelsea is also very interested in Rugani and he has been a good defender so far for Juventus after 3 and a half seasons with the bianconeri. At 24 years old and 6’3″ with an excellent passing range like many defenders in the Serie A he can also be a good snap up the Arsenal. Diallo is an interesting prospect as he can play well as a fullback on the right and a center back. Arsenal was linked with him before Dortmund snatched him up at the beginning of the season this year for 25 million pounds and he has been well worth the money for them starting every game as a right back. A highly-rated graduate of the famous AS Monaco youth team should immediately put him on the radar for big clubs to snatch up and he can provide to be a valuable asset to play on the right for Bellerin cover and a tactile center back beside Sokratis or Holding.
Now, even though Arsenal has the likes of Nelson and Smith-Rowe on loan it will be good to have some competition with the teenagers so I would recommend players like Leon Bailey from Bayer Leverkusen or Nicolas Pepe from Lille. Arsenal may be outbid by the likes of Chelsea and Barcelona who are also interested in the Jamaican so I am going to focus on Nicolas Pepe for now. Pepe has lit up Ligue 1 with Lille this season with a goal involvement in almost every game. He is extremely fast down the right wing and a threat in front of goal too with 17 goals and 10 assists in Ligue 1 so far. If Arsenal waits another season to snap up the Ivorian he is going to be on another top side by then or they will be priced out of a move so it’s better to try for him this season. So, what do Arsenal need this summer? Can they even afford to purchase anyone or would it be strictly loan moves? Let me know your thoughts on the Arsenal situation in the comments!
An Introduction to how Arsenal plays.
Arsenal under Unai Emery has been improving slowly but they will need to get their defenders sorted out soon (stay tuned for a future blog post that discusses this). Arsenal plays in a number of formations with their injury-ridden squad but the one they have been most successful with this season has been a 3-4-1-2. In net, they have Bernd Leno starting with ideally Hector Bellerin and Sead Kolasinac bursting down the wings with Rob Holding, Sokratis, and Koscielny in the defence. In the middle, they can play with Granit Xhaka and either the teenage sensation Matteo Guendouzi or Lucas Torreira with Mesut Ozil as a number 10. A front 2 of Alex Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would finish off the deadly attack.