The Arsenal fans in the Transfer Tavern are hoping for a major overhaul to their squad this summer in order to return to the top-four once again next season.
The Gunners faithful propping up our bar found it difficult to adjust to the prospect of playing Thursday night football in the Europa League this season, but their club’s shortcomings during the current campaign suggest they could become familiar with the competition in the years to come. However, Arsene Wenger’s departure at the end of the season will give the club an opportunity to start afresh and make the wholesale changes which will be necessary to return to the Champions League next season.
Manchester City have demonstrated the success that can be enjoyed when you clear out the older players of the squad and replace them with younger talents, so the Gunners would be wise to follow their lead by replacing Nacho Monreal this summer. Monreal is a determined player with the versatility to operate in a number of defensive roles, but he is lacking the quality that Arsenal require to challenge at the summit of the Premier League table, and at 32-years-old it’s time for him to move on.
With that being said, Arsenal should do everything they can to replace him with Paris Saint-Germain’s Layvin Kurzawa this summer. According to French media outlet RMC Sport, the Gunners are interested in signing the French defender during the summer window, although they will face competition from London-rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea for his signature.
Tottenham’s interest in Kurzawa (valued at £19.8 million by Transfermarkt) presumably derives from the fact that Danny Rose will depart the club this summer, but with Ben Davies well established as the club’s first-choice left-back, Arsenal might just have an advantage in the transfer market. Of course, the appeal of Champions League football could also swing Kurzawa’s decision in Tottenham’s favour, but the promise of first-team football at the beginning of a new era at the Emirates should be enough for Arsenal to win the race for his signature.
Kurzawa is defensively solid, physically strong, a willing-runner and excellent in possession, so he would certainly add a significant layer of quality to Arsenal’s defensive unit. The summer represents a perfect opportunity for Arsenal to replace the old with the new at all levels of the club, so the signing of Kurzawa should be viewed as something of a necessity if the club’s hierarchy wish to build a squad which is capable of challenging for the top-four once again.
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