Arsenal fans have been through frustrating times. They have seen talented wingers like Marc Overmars, Freddie Ljungberg and Robert Pires all tear apart Premier League and European defences, but now those sights are distant memories. The Gunners haven’t had that level of quality on their wings since, with fans now having to settle for Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joel Campbell.
Though all of them have shown glimpses of their talent, they aren’t at the level of quality of their predecessors, and don’t have the understanding or consistency of the Swede and the Frenchman.
With rumours that Arsene Wenger could be leaving at the end of the season, and that Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain could be sold, this could finally be the time that Arsenal fans had hoped for: a time where change could be about to take place. But who should be brought in to help this wing revolution? Here are FIVE options…
A player within the Premier League that has been linked to Arsenal is Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez. Mahrez has had a great season for the Foxes, in which he’s helped the club climb from the threat of relegation to a title challenge within a year. With 16 goals and 11 assists in 30 games, Mahrez has really contributed, and would do well at Arsenal.
Southampton’s Sadio Mane this season has struggled for consistency, but that has mainly been down to a summer where he was linked with big teams. Five goals and six assists in 30 matches is hardly great form, but considering what he showed in his debut season he would be well worth the risk for Arsenal. Considering he can play on the wing or up front, he would be the ideal signing for the Gunners.
With the signing most likely to be from outside the Premier League, PSG’s Lucas Moura could be an ideal candidate. Since the sale of Ezequiel Lavezzi to China, Moura has been given the chance to shine in Paris and at the age of 23, he still has a long career ahead of him. With six goals and four assists in 29 games, he is starting to become the player many thought he would be. Though a move would be a risk, Arsenal could really make him the finished product.
If it is a cost effective player they are looking for, then they can look no further than London. Michail Antonio has burst onto the scene this season for West Ham after joining from Nottingham Forest, with six goals and two assists in 18 games for the Hammers. Considering English wingers are hard to come by, a move to the Gunners could benefit both parties: Arsenal get a quality player, and Antonio strengthens his chances of getting an England cap.
One dream player for Emirates fan is Juventus’ Kingsley Coman. The Frenchman, currently on loan at Bayern Munich, has taken the league by storm and forced himself into the French national side. With four goals and five assists in 20 games, he is an exciting prospect to watch, and given that no transfer has been put in place, Arsenal can live in hope that they could prise him away.