Arsenal will be looking to build from their performance in the first half of the previous campaign by adding some extra depth into their squad. They were actually title favourites in the early half of the season before injuries began kicking in.
This time around, with a few additions into the squad, Wenger should now consider another major signing to sure up his line up. With hardly any prolific replacements for Olivier Giroud, a striker should be on top of his list. However, other signings in other positions could still come in handy if he is to field a complete squad to do battle domestically and in Europe.
So, let’s take a look at SIX instant impact players Arsenal should consider signing…
Name: Karim Benzema
Club: Real Madrid
Price: £37 – £43 million
Karim Benzema has been linked with a move to Arsenal on more than one occasion over the past few seasons and with Real Madrid needing to offload a few players, the Frenchman could finally make the switch. Having netted three goals at the World Cup and 17 in 35 La Liga appearances, his scoring abilities shouldn’t be questioned.
A potential link up with Laurent Koscielny, Mathieu Debuchy, and Olivier Giroud could be a reason Benzema may consider the switch. The fact that Arsene Wenger only has one prolific striker may result in him needed to add another player into his ranks.
Name: Mario Balotelli
Club: AC Milan
Price: £20 – £25 million
Mario Balotelli is a very well known player due his off and on the field antics, but makes up for all the negative press by being a really great player. Although failing to make a huge impact at the World Cup, many will remember his sensational performance for Italy against Germany in Euro 2012.
Recently linked with Arsenal in recent weeks, the move could still happen after various rumours suggest AC Milan are willing to part ways with the striker. He is the type of playing that can be amazing in the first half and then completely quiet in the second. Despite this, he still managed to bag 14 goals in 25 starts for his club in the Serie A.
Name: Antoine Griezmann
Position: Left Wing
Club: Real Sociedad
Price: £25 – £30 million
Antoine Griezmann is a player who was in great form for his club and was able to produce a constant display at the World Cup for France as well. He managed to net 16 goals in 31 starts with another three assist in the La Liga the previous season.
With Arsene Wenger’s trust in French players, Griezmann is someone who can easily fit into the Gunners squad due to the likes of Laurent Koscielny, Olivier Giroud, and new signing Mathieu Debuchy all who play together for the national squad. In addition to this, Wenger and Mathieu Flamini can also make him feel at home if the club can negotiate a switch.
Name: Sami Khedira
Position: Defensive Midfield
Club: Real Madrid
Price: £28 – £35 million
Sami Khedira is a player that Arsene Wenger has been monitoring over the past few months with the German star looking unsettled at Real Madrid due to his limited playing time. Arsenal are known to be missing a natural anchorman in their midfield as he could very well be the one to fill the role.
The potential move could see him play right between Germany team mates Per Mertesacker in central defence and Mesut Ozil in a more attacking midfield role. This will mean the like of Khedira will feel right at home when slotted into the holding midfielder position.
Name: Iker Casillas
Club: Real Madrid
Price: £7 – £10 million
Once regarded as one of the best goalkeeper in the world, Iker Casillas has seen a recent fall from grace after losing his La Liga spot to Diego Lopez. However, Carlo Ancelotti picked him for all Real Madrid’s Champions League game, a campaign which saw them be crowned champions of Europe.
Despite his shocking performance along with his Spain squad at the World Cup, everybody knows he is still a top man between the sticks. His experience at the top level for so long will mean that he could easily adapt to the pace of the Premier League as he tried to replicate his European club form from last season. He made a total of 24 appearances last season, conceding 12 goals and keeping 14 clean sheets.
Name: Loic Remy
Club: Queens Park Rangers
Price: £8 million (Release Clause)
Having recently failed his Liverpool medical, Loic Remy is now once again available as he searches for a club which can offer him European football. Without a proper striker to either serve as back up to Olivier Giroud, Arsene Wenger could consider his services if he managed to get himself fit for an Arsenal medical.
He will have no problem settling into the club due to his past experience in the English Premier League with Newcastle last season as well as the variety of French stars that can help him fit into the squad and make him feel like he is already where he belongs.