Arsene Wenger is truly part of the furniture in English football. He’s spent 20 years at the pinnacle of the game in this country with Arsenal, winning league titles and domestic cups along the way as well as reaching a European final in 2006.
It’s easy to forget though, that he was a key component of the French game before he arrived in the English capital. He spent decent spells at both Nancy and Monaco in his native France, learning to become the manager he is today with the influence of players from his country clear for all to see in the recent history of Arsenal. Players like Thierry Henry, Patrick Viera and Emmanuel Petit, to name just a few, all played in the French division and the Gunners’ boss is always looking for the next Arsenal hero from Ligue 1.
There’s plenty of talent just over the Channel and Wenger will know that more than most which has led us to think that this FIVE might be on their way to England…
It’s time to break the bank, Arsene. The Gunners really could struggle to finish in the top four this season let alone win the title if they don’t get another top striker in. Lacazette has been the main target all summer it seems and yet we’re still no closer to a deal being done.
The French boss might see the current amounts of money being spent as obscene but surely it’s less so than the idea of a club like Arsenal not putting up a genuine fight this season?
Arsenal have signed Granit Xhaka to be their midfield enforcer yet he didn’t start for the Gunners against Liverpool and frankly looked like someone more concerned with fouling people than winning the game when he came on.
It’s early days of course so the jury is still out but the club might just want to look into Matuidi seriously; he knows how to play the role well and has played at the highest level.
Kurzawa won the title in first season at PSG last year, making 17 appearances and scoring four goals. A left back who can clearly attack then, he’d be a strong addition to that area of the pitch for the Gunners.
Currently, Nacho Monreal is the first choice left back at the Emirates but in all fairness there are better players out there than the Spaniard, Kurzawa being one, and Arsenal should be taking note of this.
Marquinhos would help solve Arsenal’s defensive issues. Like Calum Chambers and Rob Holding, the Brazilian is young but his experience vastly dwarfs that of the two Englishman.
The PSG defender is unlucky to be behind David Luiz in the pecking order in the French capital and would surely consider the chance of first team action at a club like Arsenal.
If Wenger does decide against the Lacazette move maybe he’ll be tempted by a cheaper option that can still score goals.
Moukandjo hit 13 goals for Lorient last season in 31 appearances so the logical reasoning is that for a team that gives him better service he’d surely score more.
The Lacazette deal is taking far longer than it should and if money is the problem, the Cameroon forward is the next best option from the French division.