The North Londoners are closing in on France right-back Mathieu Debuchy to replace Bacary Sagna at the Emirates as Chile forward Alexis Sanchez moves closer to joining the ranks at Arsenal from Barcelona for deals thought to be worth a combined £40 million.
The Gunners are also linked with a potential £8 million move to sign France striker Loic Remy on a permanent deal from QPR as a replacement for the outgoing Nicklas Bentdner. The Gunners’ forward lines have lacked competition and diversity in the last two seasons but could now be bursting with pace, creativity and goal threat next term but where else should Arsene Wenger be looking at bringing in new additions?
With the right-back problem seemingly solved and more than enough firepower up front, the Gunners may still require another centre-back – whether or not captain Thomas Vermaelen remains on board at the club or moves to Manchester United as has been suggested in recent weeks, three centre-halves at a club fighting for the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup is light.
Arsenal could opt to bring in a replacement for Johan Djourou – a young, up-and-coming centre back who can understudy Laurent Kosicelny and Per Mertesacker and eventually down the line perhaps even replace one of them in the team.
A player such as 23-year-old Greece international Kostas Manolas who has been linked with a move from Olympiakos could be just the type of signing the French coach could make whilst the likes of Cardiff defender Steven Caulker and even Chelsea veteran Branislav Ivanovic have been linked. One thing is sure, it would be unwise for the manager to head into a new campaign that holds so much promise with just three centre backs in the first team.
The departure of Lukasz Fabianski who has completed a move to Swansea on a free transfer leaves a space for a goalkeeper who can come in and compete with No.1 Wojciech Szczesny and the Pole could require a similar kind of player behind him to keep him focused. The club has been linked with interest in Nottingham Forrest stopper Karl Darlow but the 23-year-old may be a little inexperienced if he were required to cover for the Pole at the highest level.
Perhaps the recent signing of 18-year-old Finland youngster Hugo Keto suggests Wenger is looking to bring in players for the future to understudy his No.1 but I would expect a more senior player to be brought in where possible, with the Gunners rumoured to be monitoring Levante’s Costa Rican stopper Keylor Navas.
Finally, Arsenal passed on the chance to re-sign former captain Cesc Fabregas and whilst that would suggest Wenger is not interesting in adding to his midfield which already possesses some of the finest talent in the Premier League or it could suggest he is holding out for a holding midfield player.
The fans have been crying out for a genuinely defensive midfielder since the departure of Alex Song in 2012 and the prospect of linked players such as Sami Khedira and Lars Bender could be tempting but it wouldn’t be surprising if Wenger opted to chose more cost-effective signings in that area.