Our Arsenal fans here in the Transfer Tavern will be targeting next season, as the season for things to change at the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners have had a difficult campaign so far, even though they have reached the Carabao Cup Final – which they lost to Man City in spectacular fashion. With the only route to the Champions League being via winning the Europa League, it looks a tough ask for Arsene Wenger.
What many of our pub regulars feel that is missing at the Emirates is a solid holding midfielder to protect and break down the play, much like N’Golo Kante does for Chelsea. Granit Xhaka often plays that role to little effect and, much of the time, helps concede more points than he earns the team.
In recent matches, especially against AC Milan, Xhaka has looked like the player Wenger signed. However, our landlord believes there are better, younger and a lot more talented alternatives out there to the Swiss international. He has taken a look at TWO other alternate powerful men who could improve the Gunners next season…