The Argentina international will be a direct replacement for the expected-to-depart Lukas Podolski, sharing the German international’s winger-forward style and proven potency from out wide.
Indeed the 29-year-old has proved an astute addition for the Parisians since joining them from Napoli in summer 2011, since claiming back-to-back Ligue 1 titles and contributing 23 goals and 18 assists in 90 appearances. Lavezzi is famed for his blistering pace too – something the Gunners disturbingly lacked last term following Theo Walcott’s season-ending injury.
But with Arsene Wenger privy to an unprecedented transfer budget via Arsenal’s new sponsorship deal with Puma, it’s unlikely Lavezzi will be the Gunners gaffer’s final acquisition of the summer.
With that in mind, here’s FIVE players who could follow the Argentine to the Emirates – some inspired by his arrival, others more coincidental.
Ezequiel Lavezzi could soon find himself joined at the Emirates by PSG team-mate and often-mooted Arsenal target Adrien Rabiot.
The 19 year-old, who once spent a season at Manchester City’s academy, is one of the Parisians’ most exciting youth prospects, having already made 38 appearances for the senior team and thoroughly impressed during a loan spell with Toulouse last season, where he netted this tidy long-ranger…
Boasting a pass completion rate of 91% this season, the lanky midfielder is famed for his fluency and quality on the ball – and would certainly suit the Gunners’ possession-based style.
But with first team opportunities relatively slim in the French capital and only a year left on his contract, it’s been strongly alleged that the France U21 will leave the Ligue 1 Champions this summer.
Recent speculation suggests Juventus will rival Arsenal for Rabiot’s signature:
Juventus Want Arsenal Target Adrien Rabiot as Andrea Pirlo Heir http://t.co/56OxBSt6mp
— Inside Futbol (@insidefutbol) June 12, 2014
In case you’ve forgotten how disruptive an influence Mario Balotelli can be, here’s a video of the 50 craziest things he’s done so far in his short footballing career…
But there’s no doubt the Manchester City badboy has the quality and firepower to address Arsenal’s desperate need for a dependable goal scorer.
The 23 year-old contributed a vital twelve goals to the Citizens’ first Premier League title in 2012, and since joining AC Milan in January 2013 has netted 30 times in 54 outings, not to mention this dream-crushing header for Italy against England last weekend…
Furthermore, the San Siro side have seemingly grown tired of the Azzurri star’s mercurial temperament and are resultantly expected to offload him this summer.
Balotelli’s agent has seen fit to add further fuel to the transfer speculation fires…
“Arsenal are a fantastic club and anything is possible.” – Mario Balotelli’s agent. (Source: SkySports)
— Transfer News Live (@DeadlineDayLive) June 17, 2014
And the Daily Star believe Milan are prepared to sell for around £25million.
Wacky World Cup rumour season is truly upon us, with the Express claiming Arsenal and Liverpool are set to battle it out for Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa.
Admittedly, the 28 year-old was in sensational form for La Verde last night, helping his country claim a clean sheet against tournament hosts Brazil and producing this exceptional save in the process…
Resultantly, the 60-cap international has developed a huge over-night cult following online, as humorously reported by The Guardian.
He also produced an equally talismanic performance against PSG earlier this season…
Furthermore, with Lukasz Fabianski moving to Swansea City on a free transfer, the Gunners are in need of some added depth between the sticks. Coincidentally, Ochoa is now a free agent, having left Ajacco following their relegation to the French second division.
However, Ochoa has previously informed L’Equipe that he’d prefer to remain in Ligue 1.
With Arsenal’s midfield in desperate need of a defensive element that can improve their poor results in big games, Mirror Football believe Arsene Wenger is set to reignite his interest in Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira.
The 27 year-old is widely considered to be one of the top ball-winning midfielders in European football, having won a La Liga title in 2012 and this term’s Champions League with Los Blancos.
Boasting a powerful 6 foot 2 frame and an unbelievable work-ethic, the German international represents everything Arsenal currently lack in the middle of the park.
This fancy flick-on would go down pretty well at the Emirates…
As would Mrs. Khedira…
The midfielder is valued at around £20million according to the Express, but Arsenal face competition from Chelsea and Manchester United for his signature.
In terms of dream signings Arsenal could make this summer, France international Antoine Griezmann has to be pretty high on that list, as typified by this Gunners fan on Twitter:
The 23 year-old has been at the heart of Real Sociedad’s dramatic transformation, which has seen them rise from the Spanish second tier to the Champions League in the space of four seasons.
The current campaign has been Griezmann’s best however; a return of 20 goals in all competitions, including 16 in La Liga, has resulted in a plethora of attention from the European elite.
And the theory goes that Arsenal will sign the Frenchman whilst also activating their buy-back clause for partner-in-crime and former Gunner Carlos Vela. Here’s a collection of the Sociedad duo’s best goals this season…
Griezmann comes with a £25million release clause, but Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, PSG, Real Madrid and Barca have all been linked throughout the year.