The World Cup group stage is over, and many players have caught the eye with their impressive displays ahead of the transfer window.
Group E went pretty much as predicted, with France running out as group winners following a couple of convincing displays, whilst Switzerland claimed the second qualifcation spot ahead of South Americans Ecuador. Again, to nobody's surprise, Honduras ended up bottom of the group, scoring just one goal in three games.
There were plenty of impressive performances in Group E, and whilst it was France and Switzerland who went through, nobody caught the headlines more than Ecuador striker Enner Valencia, who hit three goals in three games to really put himself in the spotlight. Yet with bigger ambitions than signing the Pachuca front man, Arsenal should be looking to land one of the other Group E goalscoring heroes.
Switzerland booked their passage to the last 16 with a 3-0 win over Honduras in midweek, and they had Bayern Munich winger Xherdan Shaqiri to thank after he hit a superb hattrick. The 22-year-old ripped Honduras apart with some great finishing, and whilst that may have shown that Bayern should be using the former Basel man, it still appears that Shaqiri will leave the Allianz Arena this summer.
With Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben firmly entrenched as the main wingers under Pep Guardiola, Shaqiri has had to make do with a bit-part role in Bavaria, and rumours have already suggested that Shaqiri will seek a move away, with Liverpool strongly linked.
Yet with a £25m move for Adam Lallana seemingly set for completion, it seems Brendan Rodgers has chosen not to pursue Shaqiri - and instead, Arsenal should be the team looking to bring him to the Premier League. The Gunners need an injection of pace out wide, and with Santi Cazorla strongly linked with a move back to Spain with Atletico Madrid, Shaqiri would be the perfect player to provide the Arsenal attack with a spark.