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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.