It’s all going off at Arsenal now. Or at least some of it is going off, with news that the much sought after Gonzalo Higuain has reportedly agreed terms on a mega-move to Arsenal.
With Marouane Fellaini another in a long line of supposed targets for Arsene Wenger this summer, the team could well look quite a bit different, come September.
Arsenal fans will certainly hope so, after six or seven years in which the team has promised so much, but failed to deliver when it gets to the business end of the season and the trophies are being handed out.
The defence looked more and more solid as last season progressed but the goalkeeping status quo is arguably still a problem for Wenger. If he’s available then Arsenal should pull out all the stops to sign Stoke’s Asmir Begovic. He’s a big beast of a player with great presence and solidity. He is safe as houses and is, without a shade of a doubt, a great long-term solution for The Gunners.
We definitely think that the Belgian midfielder Fellaini would also fit in at Arsenal, providing yet more steel and also allowing some of the more creative players in the team to get forward more freely.
The Ox needs to be given more game time next season. He showed in his recent performance for England that he has all of the qualities to become a top player if he is given enough time on the park. Walcott has just signed a big contract and would also be wanting to play every week, so what about a slightly different formation for next season, which is a nominal 4-5-1 without the ball and 4-4-2 with it? Arsenal obviously have to play Cazorla, so although Jovetic would be a nice signing, we would question whether he is crucial to a side which already has so much creativity. With The OX and Walcott playing either side of Higuain, Cazorla could do a great job in the hole and give Arsenal much more counter attacking edge with Walcott and The OX both playing.
This projected side has great pace and real width, but also genuine steel through the middle and a brilliant partnership up front, with Cazorla providing the ammo and Higuain firing the bullets.
Yes yes we know that we have left loads of good players out of the starting side. But that simply means that Arsenal will have a great squad next season, if all of these lads sign up. So have a look at our best-case scenario XI and then feel free to complain bitterly….
Begovic, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Wilshere, Fellaini, Cazorla, Walcott, Higuain, The Ox
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