Xhaka Plan B… Five alternatives for Arsenal

23-year-old Granit Xhaka has been heavily linked with Arsenal of late.

The Borussia Monchengladbach ace is a versatile midfielder and is talented with both feet. Not only can he score, assist, cross the ball and defend well, he is a leader, which is exactly what the current Arsenal team need.

Despite his age, Xhaka is experienced, too, having already won the Swiss league title twice, as well as being capped for his country 39 times including and scoring an impressive six goals.

Arsenal must spend money this summer in order to compete at the top and even though Xhaka would of course be an excellent signing for Arsenal, there are plenty of players around that Arsenal should definitely consider.

Just in case a proposed £30m Xhaka move fails, here are FIVE alternatives for Arsene Wenger to ponder…

N’Golo Kante

Surely you Kante do any better than N'Golo?

N’Golo Kante has been one of the stars of the season.

The French midfielder has been an instrumental part of Leicester’s success and it is unbelievable to think that he was playing in the French second division just last season. Kante never stops running and is perhaps the best player in England in terms of his ability to win back the ball and start attacks for his side.

Kante could prove to be as vital for Arsenal as Patrick Vieira once was. The 25 year old has a release clause of just over £20m, and whether Xhaka is available or not, it would be criminal for Arsenal not to put a bid in.

William Carvalho

"Will" Wenger finally buy Carvalho?

Another player who has been linked with Arsenal for some time is William Carvalho.

The Portuguese star is a strong, tough-tackling midfielder who has been capped 19 times already and will be looking to show off his strength and passing at the EUROs this summer.

At only 24, Carvalho has won the Portuguese cup as well as a host of Individual awards such as the Player of the Tournament at the Under-21 European Championship in 2013. He is a vital player for Sporting Lisbon and would definitely strengthen the Arsenal midfield.

Grzegorz Krychowiak

Grzegorz the Gunner

His name may be impossible to spell, but it is impossible to see why Arsenal haven’t signed him yet.

The Polish midfielder is incredible, both on and off the ball. He won the Europa league with Sevilla last season and will be looking to win it again this year with the final against Liverpool coming up. Krychowiak was also named in the La Liga team of the season last year which is an incredible achievement considering he was named ahead of stars from Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.

Ruben Neves

Ruben is ready to step up

Portugal have a fine midfield, and it looks like they will continue to shine.

Along with Carvalho, Portugal boast Ruben Neves. Neves won his first cap in November and the 19 year old still looked comfortable despite playing in a side with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Although he is a teenager, Neves already has Champions League experience and won the Young Player of the year award in Portugal last term. English fans may have seen Neves in action for Porto against Chelsea, where he registered an assist in a 2-1 win.

Like Xhaka, Neves has captained his side already, showing he is a leader. known as a tough tackler and chance-creator, he is just the calibre of player that Arsenal should be looking at.


First Ozil, now Isco?

Isco is undoubtably one of the best midfielders in the world.

His talent is, however, being wasted on Real Madrid’s bench. Of course, it is difficult to break into a side with the likes of Luka Modric playing in the same position as you, but Isco is far too good to be making substitute appearances.

The 24 year old Spaniard is known as an attacking midfielder, but with Arsene Wenger often playing a 4-2-3-1 formation, Isco would fit perfectly into the Arsenal midfield playing just behind Mesut Ozil, allowing him to break forward and start plenty of counter attacks, perhaps a little like Santi Cazorla often does for the Gunners.