Arsenal head into 2016 on the top of the Premier league table, with this season looking their most realistic chance at the title in over a decade. Injuries to a number of players means they have a thin squad with obvious need to reinforce.
The last 5 out of 6 teams to be top of the table on New year went on to win the title, and the Gunners look set to follow in the tradition. With a thin squad, reinforcement is needed, and we now look at two players they should sign to win the title this year.
First of all, the positions that need reinforcement are the “Central Midfield and Attack”. We start with the attack first.
It’s safe to say that the days of seeing Ramsey struggling to chase down balls on the right flank is with little effect, the talented Welshman has been restored to his more effective central midfield role to replace the injured Cazorla. That now leaves us short in attack with only five senior attackers to fill three spaces.
Many would ask for a center forward to support Giroud, but looking at the options available in the market this season, there’s hardly any striker on the market that’s as good as Theo Walcott has been so far this season, his performances even on the left flank means we don’t have to waste money on a striker that won’t deliver as much as Theo would, so we push him to the second striker position, and that leaves us with just three natural wingers to fill two positions, which in the Premier League and with Arsenal’s injury history, it’s like walking on the proverbial thin rope.
With the need of a winger, and not just an average one, a possibly available name comes to mind, and it’s Riyad Mahrez. The Algerian winger has been nothing short of sensational for Leicester City this season, playing from the flanks he has scored 13 league goals already this season (even without an Ozil to assist him), while proving that he can be his own Ozil, weighing in 7 assists.
He represents the complete package, his dribbling, passing, crossing and his eye for goal, added to the fact that he has Premier League experience and is eligible for the Champions league makes him the ultimate target for the flank.
The central midfield role may present the tricky part because the very good players are not eligible for the Champions league, and the ones who are eligible are overpriced (obviously why Wenger hates the winter transfer window) but one player bypasses this shortcomings, and his name is Victor Wanyama. The Southampton powerhouse has been on the Gunners’ watch list since the name Wanyama was first heard by Premier League fans. At 24 he is approaching his peak, with Premier league experience and champions league eligibility.
Standing at 6’3, the Kenyan possesses the passing ability of a deep lying playmaker, the tackling and marking ability of defensive midfielder and can also play at center back. With Coquelin not likely to be fit for the Barcelona clash, Wanyama who single-handedly beat Barcelona while at Celtic would be a great asset.
If this squad with Arsene Wenger at the helm cannot win the Premier league this season, no one can.
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