Arsenal Transfers: The Three Summer Signings That Could End Premier League Title DroughtPublished May 11, 2016
Arsenal have once again failed to mount a genuine push for major honours and the knives are well and truly out for long-serving boss Arsene Wenger. The Frenchman has been roundly chastised for failing to invest adequately in this squad and if the Emirates Stadium side are to challenge for the Premier League title next term then they simply must spend extensively when the transfer window reopens.
Here are the three players who should be uppermost in the club’s spending plans.
Virgil van Dijk (Southampton)
Per Mertesacker is beginning to lose his, already fairly slow, legs and Gabriel Paulista is more miss than hit and therefore it’s time for Arsenal to invest in a new reliable central defensive partner for Laurent Koscielny.
Former Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk could be the ideal man for the job. The Dutch international has been superb since moving to St Mary’s and now has a solid Premier League season under his belt and would surely jump at the chance of leaving the South-Coast side for Arsenal.
Ronald Koeman has struggled to keep hold of his top talents and a big money bid for van Dijk could push the Saints into a corner.
Granit Xhaka (Borussia Monchengladbach)
It’s a name Arsenal fans are well used to hearing in relation to transfer gossip and by all accounts moves to bring the Swiss international are afoot.
The stylish 23-year-old midfielder could be an ideal addition to offer Arsene Wenger more guile in the centre of the park and such a signing won’t break the bank, and as such will be all the more attractive to a Premier League side who are now well known for breaking the bank.
Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool)
I think it can now be roundly agreed that Olivier Giroud simply isn’t the man to lead the Arsenal line. The Frenchman is a capable, hard-working foward but simply isn’t prolific enough to serve the Gunners well. A 15-game Premier League goal drought badly affected the club’s push to keep up with title winners Leicester City and now it’s time to invest in a more effective goal-scorer.
A move for England man Daniel Sturridge is not entirely unrealistic and should Jurgen Klopp’s side fail to overcome Sevilla in the Europa League final and therefore not secure a Champions League berth for 2016/17, then a move for the former Chelsea and Man City attacker becomes that bit more plausible.
Yes the 26-year-old has suffered with injury concerns in recent seasons but this shouldn’t put Arsenal off, Sturridge is a proven Premier League hot-shot and a lethal finisher who would fit well with Arsene Wenger’s playing style.