Unai Emery has not only brought a load of confidence back to the squad after their poor finish – by their own lofty standards – last season , he has also instilled in them a sense of pride in playing in Arsenal Shirts , a heightened sense of discipline and that you create your own luck by working as hard as you can on their core values.
The next great step for this fine Coach is to arrive at finalising his squad and not letting the focus drift elsewhere.
There are hard decisions to be taken.At the macro level they must address the sale and purchase of players; and they have only 10 to 12 days left!
The most important single position for Arsenal to fill would involve a versatile player capable of playing as a holding midfielder , an emergency player in the deep defence and also a very handy forward ! There is one and he comes as a free agent!! And to cap it all , he is a world class player!
Max Mayer paired with Lucas Terreira is a dream combination. They can act as an Iron Curtain in front of the back three.This will give the defense a very strong foundation.This apart these two are like terriers snapping at the heels of the attackers.
Apart from this , they are very good in making short passes to those in front of them: like Mkithariyan and Ozil. Both these stalwarts also have a keen eye for long ball that breaks the defence line of the opponents.Max Mayer is only 21 and under Emery, he can become a legend at Arsenal.
Max Mayer will cost only his wages and that too a very reasonable €80,000 .
When you factor in the the number of players Arsenal will sell, and the wages that get saved, this out go for Mayer is almost like a gift! And , there is no need to sell any one to get Mayer on-board!!
Two other players to be signed up will be Hirving Lozano from PSV Eindhoven as LW and Cristian Pavon as RW, playing on either side of the world class, fleet footed striker Aubemeyang. Both these wingers have scorching pace and have the litheness to dribble at pace and swiftly cut in from wide areas and stun the opposition defence. They are both very young and Arsenal will do well to look after them with considerable care.This front three can rival any attack not just in EPL but also anywhere in the world; and add to this the fact they will be playing in front of one of the greatest attacking midfield wizards in Ozil and the indefatigable Mkithariyan. Perhaps , this will be the best attacking force on the planet.
Lozano and Pavon, very young and hugely talented, could cost about €50 million and €37.5 million respectively. But they are worth more than that: as Arsenal are aiming very high; this level of quality is needed . Team Arsenal must exert every nerve to sign them up without delay.
Players who are most likely to be sold could be Welbeck, Mustafi , Ramsey [a reluctant suitor is not always very reliable], Jenkinson , Perez, Akpom , Ospina etc
It would be ideal to retain Campbell and Iwobi.
In any case a total of €120 Million will be needed to bolster the side for the addition of Lozano and Pavon. If Yanna Sommer, GK, is drafted in that would significantly sharpen the defensive side of Arsenal. More particularly as he will have Xhaka and Lichsteiner in front of him: they all play for Switzerland and know each others game very well. This will be a great positive.
Their costs would be easily covered in the proposed sales revenues.The wage savings – vis-à-vis those sold, will also lessen the wage burden of Arsenal, to a very large extent.
It will be a long and hectic season: including long travel schedules abroad, for Europa League; and the long return journey will lead to more stress and tiredness. Then they will have to play at times 2 to 3 games in a span of 6 to 7 days. There will be injuries, inevitably, recovery times will not be as needed.etc This means Arsenal must have a quality squad with great depth.
The first choice team,possibly :
Sommer/Cech/Leno in the Goal;
Sokratis, Mavropanos, Lichsteiner / Bellerin
Mkithariyan, Torreira, Ozil, Mayer
H.Lozano , Aubemaeyang and C. Pavon .
Ozil, has quit international soccer, and can now concentrate on Arsenal. Captain’s arm band will spur him further and lift his confidence levels .This can only help Arsenal immensely. Koscielny,2nd Captain , Lichsteiner 3rd, Bellerin and Cech could be the other captains.
All in all , this squad has got it all and could be the favourites for the Europa League cup and also have great chance in gunning for the EPL title.
This must be the least they must achieve.
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