Arsenal fans are growing frustrated at the lack of transfer activity from their club this summer. To date, Granit Xhaka is the only arrival and the club fans are now desperate to add more quality with the Gunners already 5 points behind their main title rivals.
More than anything the Gunners need a world class addition. Even if that is not a striker and they subsequently add a ‘good’ striker, I think the whole squad needs a lift and that can come from the emergence of a world class addition. Here are three players I think could be tempted by a big-money move to the Emirates before the window closes.
1 – James Rodriguez
With the emergence of young Asensio in Madrid, James has only been pushed further down the pecking order and surely, aged 25, he will want to be at a club where he is playing regularly. He has the ability to be a world class player, he just needs the team to work for him. At Arsenal he’d be one of the main superstars rather than just a bit part player and I think he could thrive in England. Unlike many technically gifted players, James is actually quite tall, nearly 6ft and that extra height helps him on the pitch in duels. Although you might feel that Arsenal don’t need another creative midfielder, when fit Olivier Giroud is a good striker and arguably a better striker than any that are on the market. Signing a top quality midfielder like James would give Arsenal another goal scoring midfielder. As well as the need for a striker Arsenal desperately lack goals from midfield. Aaron Ramsey is yet to rediscover his purple patch form of 2013/14 and Alexis Sanchez is the only other midfielder to score goals consistently. We’d all love Ozil to contribute more but he is not that type of player at the end of the day. If Arsenal could have Alexis on one wing and James on the other then the Gunners may have their best wingers since the days of Robert Pires and Freddie Ljunberg. Oxlade-Chamberlain still needs to realise his potential whilst for me, Theo Walcott is and will never be good enough to start for a title winning team. A front four of James, Ozil, Alexis and Giroud would be tasty and certainly more than capable of scoring enough goals to win the title. There would also be like the option of playing Alexis as a 9 and having Ozil, James and Iwobi/Ox/Theo behind him.