Arsenal will have their sights set on securing a top four spot in the current campaign after settling for Europa League football in recent times at the Emirates.
The Gunners have certainly impressed under the guidance of Unai Emery in the current campaign, but there’re still a couple of things missing at this moment in time.
It’s safe to say that Emery’s side would look completely different if injuries weren’t a thing and the London club’s January business was conducted more efficiently.
Indeed, the North London club have been linked with a number of January transfer window moves but they are still yet to make a signing. The overall squad at the Emirates would have more of a positive outlook right now if certain players had made their way to the English capital prior to this point.
With that in mind, this is the Arsenal XI Emery should have built…
THE ARSENAL XI EMERY SHOULD HAVE BUILT
Bernd Leno has been sensational in-between the sticks for the Gunners this season, so there was no reason to make any changes in that particular area.
The Gunners have leaked goals at times this season, which has had a negative affect on their push for a top four spot. Arsenal were reportedly heavily monitoring (as per the Express) Juventus’ Daniele Rugani prior to the January transfer window, but nothing really developed at all. He would have helped iron over any underlying issues at the heart of the defence as one of the hottest topics in the Serie A, with his defensive qualities topping any current Arsenal defender.
In midfield, the North London club should have already gone all out to try and secure the services of Reuben Loftus-Cheek. Arsenal were reportedly (as per ESPN) interested in the Englishman, but they failed to make anything of it. His strength, attack-minded approach and passing ability would have worked wonders alongside Lucas Torreira, and he can also operate higher up the field, so he would have been a valuable asset.
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri ruled out a loan move for the midfielder a couple of months after Arsenal’s reported interest, but the Gunners could have at least put some pressure on their top four rivals in an attempt to possibly turn Loftus-Cheek’s head.
James Rodriguez is another player who could take the Gunners to another level. Arsenal have reportedly made an approach (as per the Independent) for the attacking midfielder, but nothing is concrete at this point. Indeed, the Colombian is the kind of player that could have single-handedly boosted Arsenal’s top four push massively, with the ability to unlock any defence. And, he could have made up for Mesut Ozil’s inconsistencies.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been very impressive for the Gunners this season, but when operating with a lone striker, it makes more sense for Emery to make use of Alexandre Lacazette’s strength and power up top.
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