Who Will Arsenal Sign-up this Summer?

As the curtain descends on an era, it is inevitable that the focus of fans and the media is on who will replace Arsène Wenger in the manager’s chair. However, the changes behind the scenes will inevitably lead to some new faces out front, too. As the transfer window swings open, silly season is all set to get underway.

Head of Arsenal’s Recruitment, Sven Mislintat, has already made an impact since joining from Borussia Dortmund last November, being instrumental in the appointment of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Konstantinos Mavropanos. Who else can we expect to see wearing an Arsenal shirt when the new season begins in on 10 August?

The Eyes of the Footballing World

Last year’s transfer window received unprecedented coverage and media attention, and not just because of Neymar’s record-breaking transfer fee. Fans are increasingly getting in on the act, and bookmakers provide ever-changing odds on who will go where. Top sites, such as bookmaker comparison site Winningsportsbets.co.uk can give you the low down on which bookies are offering the best odds, bonuses and deals.

With the added distraction of World Cup 2018 in Russia, there is barely going to be time to catch our breath this summer. So, let’s take a look now at some of the names that have been linked with a move to Emirates stadium. Who is your money on?

Sokratis Papastathopoulos

This is not the first time Arsenal have been linked with the Greek defender, who is currently contracted to Borussia Dortmund, but according to German media reports, is almost certainly bound for North London this summer. The 29-year-old is out of contract and apparently has no interest in staying at the German club. Mislintat knows the player well and believes he possesses the attributes to strengthen the Gunners defence.

Jean-Michael Seri

The Nice midfielder has already received overtures from Manchester United and Liverpool, but the most recent rumours suggest that the Gunners are in pole position to take advantage of the £35 million release clause in the 26-year-old’s contract. Seri didn’t enjoy a stellar season, but performed consistently, scoring two goals in thirty-seven appearances.

Bernd Leno

With doubts hanging over Cech, and Ospina almost certainly leaving this summer, a goalkeeper is a high priority. Mislintat likes Bernd Leno, and the German international is keen to move from Bayer Leverkusen this summer.

Ohis Felix Uduokhai

This left-footed centre-back is only 20 and impressed in the German youth teams. Wolfsburg snapped him up last year on a five-year deal. However, they face a battle to keep him if they lose their relegation play-off. After an impressive season, it seems certain that one of the major teams will swoop long before 2022.

Abdou Diallo

Another left-footed defender currently plying his trade in the Bundesliga, currently playing for Mainz. Mislintat makes no secret that he rates the Frenchman as a genuine prospect.

Max Meyer

The 22-year-old German international’s contract at Schalke is coming to an end and he is predicted to be heading to the UK on a free transfer. Arsenal and Liverpool have both expressed interest, but can Mislintat’s influence swing things in the Gunners’ favour?

Keep Watching

With almost three months of transfer time still remaining, the rumour mill has only just started warming up. Expect plenty more names to be thrown into the hat, as well as a few daft ones. Maybe we’ll get a surprise signing or two between now and August.

7 thoughts on “Who Will Arsenal Sign-up this Summer?

  1. Hi Guys,

    What difference will it make which players we get if Arteta is the manager. It’s going to he a total disaster of epic proportions. Time to start the campaign proper Kroenke out!

  2. Well, I would be patient, if I were you Fabian K.

    1. Arteta is yet to be announced.
    2. Arteta may spring a surprise and expose the folly of Arsene’s longevity with declining productivity, by actually delivering results.
    3. Unless you have a fan willing to pay $2.5 billion on stand by, the majority shareholder cannot be pushed out that easily.

  3. It’s a near-certainty that Arteta WILL deliver IF he gets the right guys around him. Most of the former duties of the ‘manager’ have already been removed at Arsenal, so Arteta would essentially be a ‘coach’ rather than manager, and he’s good at that. This is the modern way to run a football team – specialise the functions. If Arsenal DO appoint Arteta, and he DOES get top specialist coaches around him, Arsenal will be once again a modern leader, as they always should be.

  4. Would love to see Bernd Leno, Ohis Felix Uduokhai and Abdou Diallo come into the squad. Would definitely strengthen the team and could easily become first team regular’s.

    Not convinced by Jean-Michael Seri, showed his frailty this season and I don’t think the more combative, physical style of the premier league would suit him.

    Unless were going to sell one of Ozil, Wilshere, Ramsey or Mkhitaryan I can’t see the need for Max Meyer. Similar to what we’ve already got.

    Sokratis Papastathopoulos hasn’t had a stellar season either. Marshalling a defense which has shipped 1 less than Wolfsburg who finished 16th!

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