Arsenal have been linked with every man and his dog in the last few weeks, the only first team addition has been Petr Cech joining from Chelsea for £10.9 million last month.
Many fans have seen Manchester United splash the cash on Morgan Schneiderlin who reportedly preferred a move to the Emirates, however no bid was submitted and the French midfielder signed for the Old Trafford based club.
Wenger coy over his targets
Arsene Wenger has been very coy about his conduct within the transfer market, admitting that he likes Schneiderlin, Raheem Sterling and Bastian Schweinsteiger but was never interested in bringing any of them to North London.
One name who has been linked with a move to the Emirates in recent weeks is Sevilla defensive midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak who is believed to be interested in a move to the Premier League, the Polish international was instrumental in Sevilla’s campaign last season which saw them stroll to an impressive UEFA Europa League trophy, running out eventual 3-2 winners against FC Dnipro.
It is not only on the domestic stage that he has impressed, he is part of a very promising Poland international side who currently top their Euro 16 qualifying group ahead of world champions Germany, he has made 24 appearances for his nation since making his debut in 2008
Arsenal are blessed with attacking talent but only have one recognised holding midfield player, in the shape of Francis Coquelin who had a fantastically and unexpected campaign at Arsenal in 2015, there is no competition for the young Frenchman who has become one of the first names on the Arsenal team-sheet.
Krychowiak is available for £24 million due to a contractual release clause and Arsenal could do a lot worse than triggering that this summer, Sevilla’s commanding midfielder played 32 La Liga games last season making 82 tackles and providing 96 interceptions.
For a while Wenger’s side has lacked real bite or a commanding presence and the acquisition of Krychowiak would change that, this would be a significant signal of intent from Arsenal and not only that, it would address a problem that has existed since the departure of Patrick Vieira who was never effectively replaced.
Can Arsenal be serious contenders next season?
It all depends how the club responds to the their rivals making significant improvements, Manchester United have already shown they mean business this time around and have splashed out £76.7 million on the likes of Memphis Depay, Morgan Schneiderlin, Matteo Darmian and Bastian Schweinsteiger.
Manchester City are expected to announce Raheem Sterling as a City player very soon and don’t expect them to stop there, Liverpool have also made integral signings that include the acquisition of Brazilian Roberto Firmino for Bundesliga club Hoffenheim.
Arsenal were not a million miles away last season but suffered due to a poor start, if they could put together a solid season anything is possible. A good start is essential for the Gunners who are still shy of a couple of world class additions to their very talented squad.
In addition to a much needed enforcer, there is also a need for a world class striker, Olivier Giroud has been a good option but is still yet to fully convince he is good enough to lead Arsenal to a premier league trophy, Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis once mentioned that the club is capable of matching the likes of Bayern Munich financially, there is no better time to prove it than now.
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