Arsenal supporters have been pretty upbeat in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after seeing their side beat Huddersfield Town 1-0 on Sunday in manager Arsene Wenger’s final game in charge.
The Frenchman announced earlier in the campaign that this would be his last season in charge of the Gunners, thus bringing his 22-year spell as the Arsenal boss to an end, in which time he has won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cup crowns. And the 68-year-old finished his tenure with a victory thanks to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s strike seven minutes before half time, his 707th and final win in charge of the North London giants.
As such, several of our resident Gunners fans are turning their attentions to who their club should seek to appoint to replace the Frenchman, with many names from Mikel Arteta to Brendan Rodgers linked with the vacant post.
Yet whoever takes over at Arsenal simply must seek to make £13.5 million-rated Harry Maguire (as per Transfermarkt) his first signing in charge, what with recent reports linking the Leicester defender with a move to Manchester City, and indeed other ‘top clubs’.
Ultimately, the 25-year-old has enjoyed a fantastic debut season at the King Power Stadium in appearing in every single one of their 38 Premier League matches this term, picking up the Player of the Season award along the way.
And that is no wonder given the England international has shown adeptness both in the more defensive aspect of the game, be it making crucial interceptions and tackles or showing aerial strength, and indeed the more technical side of being able to bring the ball out of defence with calmness and composure.
In fact, his efforts this term have earned Maguire a spot in Gareth Southgate’s 23-man squad for this summer’s World Cup, with the 25-year-old arguably a likely starter in the manager’s back three such have been his endeavours for the Foxes this term.
And that should also be of interest to the new Arsenal manager, whoever he may be.
Clearly, the defensive ranks at the Emirates Stadium are lacking in sufficient depth and quality, with the Gunners shipping more goals than any of their top six rivals this term, and indeed more than seventh place Burnley.
The likes of Shkodran Mustafi and Laurent Koscielny haven’t always excelled this season to suggest that reinforcements are required in the first team, as they are further down the squad as well given the efforts of the likes of Rob Holding and Calum Chambers.
And Maguire’s arrival would certainly bolster those ranks.
At the age of 25, he is only going to get better the more Premier League football he plays, while a World Cup away with England this summer is only going to raise his stock ten-fold.
As such, Arsenal must react and seek to make the Englishman the new manager’s first addition at the Emirates this summer.
Arsenal fans… what do you think? Let us know!
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