Arsenal should have invested time in trying to sign Bayer Leverkusen winger Julian Brandt in the summer transfer window in order to boost the team’s attacking options.
Unai Emery moved fast when he was appointed as Arsene Wenger’s successor at the end of last season.
The Spaniard brought in five new players, including two defenders, a goalkeeper and two midfielders.
An area of the pitch that the Gunners could have done with strengthening was on the left wing.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan played on the left-hand side in Arsenal’s opening-day 2-0 defeat to Manchester City, while Alex Iwobi took the position against Chelsea.
Danny Welbeck is also capable of playing on the left wing, but the North London outfit would have been a bigger force if they had swooped for Brandt.
The winger is only 22 years old, but he has the pace and skill that the Gunners are crying out for.
During his time in the Bundesliga, Brandt has scored 27 goals and created 26 assists, which considering his age is very impressive.
Emery likes to adopt a high-pressing style, which requires plenty of energy and focus.
Brandt has the attributes to thrive in such a system, and he would have become a big threat to the opposition.
On top of that, the young player would have provided service and shared the workload of Arsenal’s attacking stars.
Brandt has three years remaining on his contract at Leverkusen, so it might be difficult for the club to get a deal over the line, but they should certainly keep tabs on him.
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