Despite seeing out an impressive portion of the current domestic campaign in full confidence and style, Arsene Wenger and his somewhat predictable Gunners outfit look to have fallen short in the Premier League title-race once again, with the likes of Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur remaining in pole position for the big prize.
…And whilst Arsenal can still theoretically bring that long anticipated league title back home to the Emirates come the culmination of the domestic season, most realistic fans are now looking towards the upcoming summer transfer window as a source of some renewed hope ahead of next season.
So then, as Borussia Dortmund’s Henrikh Mkhitarayn has subsequently been linked rather heavily with an illustrious move to the English top-flight this summer, would the Armenia international represent a clear step in the right direction for Arsenal, or should Wenger look to bolster the rest of his ranks before adding yet another technically gifted attacking midfielder his squad?
Well, after famously failing to land a single recognised outfield player throughout the course of the previous summer transfer period, the money-men behind the scenes at the Emirates clearly need to get their act together this time around – regardless of where Wenger’s side eventually end up in the league table.
Wenger’s current first-team ranks were once again hit by a spate of frustratingly timed injuries midway through the 2015/16 campaign, and certainly would have benefited from one or two added faces when trying to combine their domestic duties with the need to succeed in Champions League football.
The upcoming summer transfer window should therefore arrive with great importance, for if the Gunners had successfully put their money where their mouth is before a ball was even kicked in the run up to the current season, Arsenal would have probably upheld their place at the top of the Premier League for a great deal longer.
Yet in the reported Gunners transfer target that is Mkhitaryan, Wenger may have just about sourced the perfect summer acquisition. Via his impressive sense of creativity inside the final third, intelligent ball control in and around the opposition’s penalty box and keen eye for goal on most given occasions, this is one player who the Emirates hierarchy must certainly offer their full consideration.
The thought of Mesut Ozil linking up effectively with the current Borussia Dortmund star in north London next season is almost too good to be true with all things fairly taken into account. Arsenal would certainly present themselves as a far more balanced outfit with Mkhitaryan working his widely admired magic at the Emirates, and it is believed that the highly coveted Armenian international would prefer a switch to the Gunners as opposed to joining up with former boss Jurgen Klopp on Merseyside.
Yes, Arsenal would admittedly look somewhat foolish if they somehow viewed Mkhitaryan as the only transfer target worth pursuing this summer, for although the current Bundesliga favourite has certainly served to impress this season, Wenger needs to install a greater sense of physicality and grit within his first-team ranks to stand any real chance of eventually landing the league title next season.
But, as the technically assured player in question will reportedly find himself out of contract in the not too distant future, perhaps the possible signing of Henrikh Mkhitaryan should ultimately arrive as somewhat of an easy decision for Arsenal.