Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is set to be a busy man in the next two transfer windows, with big changes expected within the squad at The Emirates Stadium.
The contracts of star pair Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez are up in the summer, with Wenger left with the headache of replacing the world-class duo whilst letting them walk away from the club for free following the expirations of their deals. Although this has been a long time coming, the transition will be no easy task for Wenger, who must now start sourcing potential replacements to move for in either this window, or the summer.
Fans here in The Transfer Tavern are also well aware of Ozil and Sanchez’s imminent departures, and many are nervous as to what the future holds for the club. Wenger will struggle to find the quality replacements required to replace their ability, with the market escalating out of control and players possibly set to give Arsenal the cold shoulder, especially if they fail to qualify for the Champions League for a second consecutive season. Taking the Europa League seriously could now become essential to Arsenal’s long-term future, with the winners awarded with an automatic place in the pinnacle of European football next season. Debate rages long into the night as to who the Gunners could target this month, with our landlord keen to offer the suggestion of impressive Shakhtar Donetsk winger, Bernard.
The Brazilian has shone in the Ukrainian top flight and European competition since making the switch from Atletico Mineiro in 2013, earning call-ups to the national side due to his wonderful form with the Eastern European giants. With a World Cup on the horizon, the player may be open to a winter switch to the Premier League, with an excellent run at the Emirates sure to make the Brazilian top brass take notice of his talents. Three goals in six Champions League games from the wing this term, the 25-year-old is a top talent ready for the next step in his career, and Wenger must make sure he is at the front of the queue for the player’s signature.
Arsenal fans, how much do you expect Wenger to spend over the next two windows to ensure the club remain top-four candidates? Let us know!