Three players that could follow Shkodran Mustafi to Arsenal…

With Arsenal currently amidst a defensive crisis, it looks like Arsene Wenger is moving quickly to ensure his problems are solved by the time that the Premier League begins this weekend.

Arsenal’s trio of Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel Paulista are all out of Arsenal’s opening clash with injuries, leaving Arsene Wenger very thin at the back.

Numerous reports in the British press are reporting that Arsenal are closing in on a deal for Shkodran Mustafi, with the Valencia defender seen as an ideal solution for the Arsenal defensive going forward.

Whilst Arsenal’s defence is no doubt the priority for Arsene Wenger over the next couple of weeks, reports have continued to link the club with a number of alternative targets, with Arsenal fans for their side to recruit new players up and down the pitch.

With that, here are THREE players that could follow Shkodran Mustafi to Arsenal…

Robert Lewandowski

MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 21: Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Muenchen celebrates scoring the fifth goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Second Leg match between FC Bayern Muenchen and FC Porto at Allianz Arena on April 21, 2015 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Robert Lewandowski is a player that Arsenal have been tracking for several years, but the deal has always looked out of reach for the London side.

However, seemingly out of nowhere, reports in the British press today have suggested that Arsenal are keen to act on their interest and make the move a reality.

The Guardian is reporting that Arsenal’s transfer activity in the next few weeks could see Mesut Ozil leave the side, with the German attacker replaced by Polish striker Robert Lewandowski.

Rumours surrounding Lewandowski’s Bayern Munich future have continued in the British press throughout the summer; could Arsenal be set to land the in-demand forward?

Wilfried Bony

Wilfried Bony (centre)

Another surprise move to have emerged this morning surrounds Manchester City striker Wilfried, who Pep Guardiola recently revealed was surplus to requirements at The Etihad.

The deal definitely make sense; he is a proven premier league goal scorer, and with City keen to sell he would likely be available for a cut price fee.

ESPN are reporting that Arsenal are looking to seize on this opportunity and bring the Ivorian to The Emirates.

He doesn’t quite have the star power compared to Lewandowski; but he would certainly prove less of a risk.

Riyad Mahrez

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The rumour that just won’t go away.

Despite reports suggesting that the move was dead, Riyad Mahrez and Arsenal continued to be explicitly linked throughout both British and European press.

According to French publication Le Equipe, Arsenal are set to make an improved £35 million bid for the attacker, with Mahrez keen to force the deal through.

This rumour has persisted for weeks, and so there is no doubting that Arsenal’s interest is concrete. But will Leicester City budge in their resistance to the sale?

 


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