Arsenal this season under Arsene Wenger have done what they do best: throw it all away after months of hard work. Now all but out of the title race, the FA Cup, the Champions League and the League Cup, the Gunners have just the fourth place spot to look forward too.
After spending big on players such as Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, Danny Welbeck and more, the team still lack that killer instinct that they have had in the past. Arsenal no longer have players such as Freddie Ljungberg, Robert Pires or Thierry Henry. But if they should remove Arsene Wenger in the summer, here is the player that should be top of the new manager’s shopping list.
Few at the beginning of the season could have predicted Claudio Ranieri’s success at Leicester, unless of course the Premier League is fixed, in which case the author of this season’s exploits would have done. Players such as Jamie Vardy, N’Golo Kante, Marc Albrighton and Danny Drinkwater have helped lead the team to glory, but one main man has gained the headlines: Algerian sensation, Riyad Mahrez.
Mahrez this season has been arguably the best player in the league. The £300,000 fee paid to Le Havre in January 2014 looks to be the biggest bargain ever, and with 16 goals and 11 assists in 30 games this season, he will surely soon be onto bigger things.
At the age of 25, he has many years of high level football ahead of him, and a move is likely to follow his exploits. As big teams such as Real Madrid, Barcelona and more are circling round him, he will attract a lot of attention. However considering their form this season, perhaps the Gunners should consider signing the Algerian.
Arsenal’s current wingers have severely let not only the team, but the fans down this season. Alexis Sanchez has not been the player he was last term, with the pressure evidently being too much for the Chilean to handle. It is no wonder, when you look at Arsenal’s other wingers. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is a player that could be brilliant, but at Arsenal he spends more time on the treatment table than on the pitch. With only one goal in 22 appearances, he has had a poor season, and looks to be on his way out of the club this summer. A player like Mahrez would be a fitting replacement and provide much more.
Similarly after 10 years at Arsenal, Theo Walcott has not been the player that Arsene Wenger thought he would be. As a winger he is poor, struggling to provide goals and consistency. With four goals and two assists in 22 games he’s not been awful, but considering his potential when he was bought, it’s a poor return at this stage of his career. It’s no wonder that when Walcott was called up for England duty, fans everywhere were questioning the decision.
Arsenal need Riyad Mahrez, and at the Emirates he could take his career to the next level.