Faced with a daunting task of identifying their top three or four best players for the 2016-17 season, Arsenal could be forgiven for not looking at any of their stars for inspiration.
However, as we enter into the final weeks of the transfer window, it’s worth considering the depth of talent that the Gunners have to offer.
With Arsenal having already signed one of their most talented young midfielders, Alexandre Lacazette, as well as a raft of young forwards, there’s no shortage of options for Arsene Wenger to pursue in the coming months.
The list includes players like Riyad Mahrez, Danny Welbeck, Olivier Giroud and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
It would make sense that Wenger would look to bolster his midfield in the summer, given the likes of Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil are both expected to return to the club next season.
However, with their star-studded midfield already confirmed, Wenger could opt for a similar approach with their attacking midfield.
Arsenal have the firepower to compete with any team in Europe, and while the likes and dislikes of both Alexis Sanchez and Santi Cazorla are still very much in flux, there are a number of young talents on the horizon who could make an immediate impact for Arsenal.
In the January transfer window there are plenty of options that could be used in the transfer market, and it’s likely that Arsenal will be in need of a new defensive midfielder.
While the likes (or, perhaps, some of the likes) of Santi Canales, Laurent Koscielny and Mathieu Debuchy are all capable of playing as a full-back or holding midfield role, it seems that Arsenal could also look to replace Olivier Giraud in that role.
The Frenchman, who has started all but one of the team’s fixtures so far this season, is a proven goal-scorer who has scored 20 goals in 27 appearances for Arsenal, but it seems unlikely that Arsenal would want to bring him back into the fold.
Giraud would make for an exciting signing for Arsenal if the Gunns were able to secure his services, and with his goalscoring record and experience of international duty, he could prove a solid addition to the squad.
Alex Oxlades-Chamboe is one of Arsenal’s most promising prospects, and is a player that would bring a wealth of experience to the Gunner midfield.
Although it’s not certain that he will be playing regularly in the Emirates Stadium for the first half of the season, Oxlader is a highly-rated young defender who has already played under Arsene, having spent the past three years with the club.
With Laurent Koscilovski and Koscielski having already arrived at the Emirates, the arrival of Oxladas-Chamoe would make a big difference to the Arsenal midfield, as he could give the likes Alex Oxlay, Alex Iwobi and Santinci Imbula the chance to show their true colours and contribute in a more central role.
Another young prospect that could make a strong impression in the Premier League would be Arsenal youngster Adrien Rabiot.
The 21-year-old defender is a young talent who is also in the final year of his contract at the club, having scored 12 goals in his career.
As Arsenal continue to look to strengthen their squad, they will be keeping an eye on the likes-and-fellas in the academy, as the likes in the likes group of Kieran Gibbs, Jack Wilshere, Santi Vidal and Nacho Monreal are all set to be heading towards the first team next season, and could make for interesting players to watch.
Arsenal are not just looking to improve their attacking prowess, but also improve their defensive depth, as they will need to address some of their weaknesses in the midfield.
While the likes, especially Oxlady, are very young, it would also be beneficial for Wenger to bolster the defensive side of the squad with a player of his quality.
Finally, it may be time to consider the possibility of signing a striker.
While Arsenal have yet to make a significant transfer in the January window, there is an abundance of potential in the form of the talents that Arsenal have.
The Gunners could be looking to add a goal-scoring dynamo in the mould of Eden Hazard, as their goal-kicker currently has a goal every 21.5 Premier League games.
While Hazard has yet to truly cement his place in the Arsenal team, he has already been given plenty of opportunities, as Wenger is well aware that his current partnership with Olivier Girau is far from ideal.
If Arsenal are to have any chance of challenging for the title in the upcoming seasons, they need to make sure that their star players are scoring goals regularly and that they can provide a consistent source of goals.
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