Is Arsenal’s Summer Business Done?
After years of waiting Arsenal have finally signed the fabled top class striker they’ve so desperately needed. Alexandre Lacazette has joined Arsenal to end one of the longest “will they, won’t they” sagas since Gourcuff had his 106th medical at London Colney.
Joining Arsenal’s new record signing is Sead Kolasinac who has joined the Gunners from Schalke. The German-born Bosnia and Herzegovina international can play in multiple positions so will provide cover for Arsenal across the backline and enrichen the squad depth they currently have.
Is this going to be it for Arsenal this summer? Without Champions League football next season there is an argument to be made that the Gunners have the squad depth to fight for the title providing the manager keeps his best players together and there are no shock departures. Wenger’s charges are currently one of the favourites in the sport betting to win the Premier League title next season and the recent squad additions will favour them more.
However, should Arsenal look to increase their chances with some more top class signings? Disharmony is a real threat when you have too big a squad but Arsenal will still be playing in four competitions next season and it is unlikely they will emulate Leicester’s title winning injury luck – which was largely down to having just one competition to fight for enabling significant rest periods.
Arsenal have had Kylian MBappe in their sights but interest there seems to have cooled as Monaco seek to cash in to the tune of £120m+. Another Monaco star that Arsenal have been scouting is Thomas Lemar.
The young winger scored 9 goals and made 10 assists last season and Arsenal legend, Robert Pires, believes he would be the perfect signing for the Gunners. It is possible that Lemar is being sized up as a replacement for Alexis Sanchez who is being pursued by his old Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola, now of Manchester City. However, it is also possible that Wenger is looking to strengthen his wide options as he toys with transitioning back to a 4-4-2/4-2-3-1 system from the 3-5-2 that served him so well at the back end of the 2016/17 season.
It seems unlikely that Theo Walcott will be making an exit from the club any time soon but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could be on his way despite that manager adamantly stating that his young charge would be staying at the club. Given Alex’s progression at the club in central positions as well as stints at wing back it does not seem that Thomas Lemar would be a direct replacement should Arsenal look to cash in on the ex-Southampton trainee before his final year runs out.
There are some fanciful rumours that Arsenal will attempt to swap Oxlade-Chamberlain for Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic. There is still over a month to go before the transfer window closes but with Wenger preferring to have his squad in place before the season starts it is looking like Arsenal’s transfer business concluded with Lacazette.
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