The summer transfer window is open and the rumours have started with many fans getting carried away already including me. It should be a long and interesting summer and hopefully we will sign some new world class players.
It has been announced already that Arsenal have signed left back Sead Kolasinac on a free transfer (bargain?) from Schalke. The Bosnian International can also play left wing back and centre back. His versatility will be important for us next season and he has had a very good season in the Bundesliga this year. Will he be a good signing for us?
We apparently are also close to signing youngster Henry (not Thierry) Onyekuru from Nigeria and Belgium side Eupen. He supposedly has a lot of potential and is one to look out for in the future. Will we sign him and could he be the next Thierry Henry?
The biggest rumour right now linked with Arsenal though is 18 year old Mbappe from Monaco who is arguably the most wanted striker in the world at the moment. He is rumoured to cost around £100 million but apparently we have enough money and are very willing to spend it this summer as Wenger nears the end of his career with Arsenal. I would love us to get Mbappe as he really does remind me a lot of Thierry Henry and could be the best striker in the world in a few years. Will we join us as many other clubs including Champions League winners Real Madrid also want him!
If we don’t get Mbappe though we apparently will look elsewhere to sign a new number 9. Lucas Perez looks like he is going to leave us so the number 9 shirt could be available for someone. Lacazette from Lyon has been heavily linked with us in recent transfer windows but this time seems to be the most likely. He is a prolific goal scorer in the French League but can he do it in the Premier League? He is at the peak of his career but is he good enough for us?
Another striker that has been rumoured with a move to Arsenal is Aubameyang but he has also been linked with moves with many other clubs like Mbappe. He would be perfect for us. I would love to see Özil assisting him as he would use his blistering pace to get in behind of defenders. It could be just a dream but will we sign him? I personally don’t think we will but maybe Wenger will surprise me!
The other position we have been linked with is a new winger and Riyad Mahrez is again the name that is popping up a lot. He has come out and said he wants to leave Leicester but after a poor season compared to two years ago will we go for him? We were linked with him a lot last summer along with Vardy but have they both missed their chance with us now?
Winger Lemar from Monaco is also linked along with others but only time will tell. We might as well just buy the whole Monaco team as they did really well this season (won Ligue 1 and reached the semi final of the Champions League) and have a lot of talented young players!
Goalkeeper is another position we might be adding to as well as both Ospina and Szczesny look set to leave as neither wants to be number two after Cech. Promising youngster Jordan Pickford has been linked to us the most and I think he would be a great signing for us as he looks like we will be England number 1 in a few years and can learn from Cech as the number two.
A lot also depends on whether Sanchez and Özil stay at the club along with other top players like the Ox and Bellerin. If they do then we would have to replace them but hopefully they will all stay and we can just add more quality to the squad.
It will be harder than usual to get players as we are not in the Champions League for once but it didn’t affect Chelsea or Man United so we should be ok and will just have to spend more money than usual to get the top players to come. Will Wenger do this though?
England are playing against France tomorrow so it might be a chance to see either Mbappe or Lacazette play and Wenger is apparently going to be there. He has been rumoured to finalise a move for one of them during his trip to France but is this just rumours? The hope is what kills football fans especially with Arsenal it seems. I never believe anything fully until I see them in an Arsenal shirt on the official club website or social media page!
So what will happen for us in the transfer window? What has Wenger got up his sleeve? Can we sign world class players without Champions League football?