The Arsenal fans in the Transfer Tavern are looking forward to the post-Wenger era which is upon them this summer, and they are hoping to see a handful of new players arrive at the club along with a new manager.
The Gunners are set to undergo a significant transformation this summer following Wenger’s departure, so it will be interesting to see how events unfold at the Emirates during the next few months. Who exactly will succeed Wenger remains uncertain, but if reports are to be believed then it seems the club’s hierarchy have already begun preparing for the transfer market by identifying Chelsea’s Kenedy as a player to pursue.
According to reports in The Daily Mirror, Arsenal are interested in signing the Brazilian who has been mightily impressive during his loan spell at Newcastle, although they face competition from both the Magpies and Liverpool. Kenedy has injected flair and creativity into a side which was desperately devoid of quality in the final-third during the first half of the season and he looks a genuine talent to watch for the future.
However, Arsenal have plenty of options in attacking midfield positions at this moment in time, so they should turn their attention away from Kenedy and towards his Chelsea teammate Danny Drinkwater (valued at £18 million by Transfermarkt). Arsenal are hardly short of options in central-midfield either, but with the likes of Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny consistently under-performing and doubts looming over the futures of Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey, the acquisition of Drinkwater would be far wiser than completing a deal for Kenedy.
Drinkwater moved to Chelsea from Leicester City at the end of the summer transfer window in 2017, but he has struggled to break into Antonio Conte’s first-team since arriving at Stamford Bridge due to intense competition for places. The 28-year-old’s lack of opportunity will certainly cause him to seriously contemplate his future during the transfer window when Chelsea may undergo a transformation of their own.
Although he has limited opportunities to showcase his talent this season, the quality Drinkwater showed within a box-to-box midfield role at Leicester City suggests he can thrive within the right environment. Evidently, he has not settled well to life at Stamford Bridge, but he played an instrumental role in Leicester’s shock title-victory in the 2015/16 season and, with that in mind, Arsenal should hand him an opportunity to restore his dwindling reputation this summer.
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