There will always be various elements to the proposal of putting together the ideal Arsenal transfer window. Because this will be based on personal opinion, it will be subjective. Realistic, but only to the extent that it is possible. Finally, it will nearly always be incorrect in someone’s thoughts and the prospective outcome of the real-life window.
As a result, the chances of it matching the larger view and Mikel Arteta’s when assembling what I think to be the finest potential summer transfer window for Arsenal are probably quite slim. However, the recommendations will take into account previous ties to the club as well as the predicted return on investment.
Arsenal wants to spend big, Sports Deputy understands, and the owners are willing to back Arteta. Given what has already been spent and the new deal granted to the Spaniard before the end of the season, this is unsurprising.
It’s best to start with a few different singings and roles. Arsenal has a number of needs, but the most pressing are strikers and central midfielders, followed by a flexible full-back, a wide forward, and a goalkeeper.
However, the latter is already taken care of. Bernd Leno is expected to leave, and Arsenal has rapidly reached an agreement with Matt Turner of the New England Revolution.
Arsenal should be able to sign seven players in the transfer window, including Turner. This consists of Turner the goalkeeper, two strikers, two central midfielders, a wide forward, and versatile full-back.
Starting from the back, the versatile full-back choice is straightforward. Arsenal are reportedly interested in Scottish international Aaron Hickey, according to Sports Deputy. The deal may not be as close as Italian media sites claim, but it appears to be extremely likely.
With his flexibility to play on either side and a price tag under £20 million, Hickey would be an excellent choice at 19 years old. Supporting Kierney and Tomiyasu while challenging Nuno Tavares and Cedric Soares for the starting spot.
Despite having three seasoned players in Granit Xhaka, Mohamed Elneny, and Thomas Partey in midfield, there is still room for more quality to cope with the demanding schedule. Ilkay Gundogan of Manchester City is expected to leave this summer, according to reports.
The German international’s contract is up in a year, and the two have worked together before, so they are well acquainted. If he can be acquired for a reasonable price, Gundogan may bring a wealth of experience to the team and become a key asset in central midfield.
Moving on to the role’s more well-known actor. Youri Tielemans would be a fantastic and reasonably low-risk option for Arsenal at that amount, according to reports.
The Belgian international possesses Premier League experience and leadership abilities, and he has the potential to be a long-term upgrade on Mikel Arteta’s current alternatives. At such a low cost, it’s a no-brainer.
Moving on to the striker situation, I agree that Gabriel Jesus remains Arsenal’s first objective this summer. The Brazilian is familiar with the league and Arteta, has developed into a great goalscorer, and is versatile enough to play on different levels.
His price fluctuates with each new report, but with one year remaining and a desire to move on, he should be available for a reasonable price. Arsenal would be making a message with this move, which I applaud.
Second, the other striker, in my opinion, should have a different flair. Arsenal would want some aerial presence with the arrival of the small and technically gifted Jesus.
Patrik Schick of Bayer Leverkusen is a good option for the Gunners. The Czech Republic international provides menace, power, and presence to the Arsenal number nine role, coming in second only to Robert Lewandowski in Bundesliga goalscoring. The most difficult to evict from their current club, and a significant amount would be required, but it would be well worth it.
Finally, there’s the wide forward position. With Nicolas Pepe likely moving and a new competition to fight in, having another wide option to rotate, compete, and maybe cover in center areas will be important at times.
Given the players mentioned, it’s clear that Arsenal is interested in this position, and a proven candidate would be the ideal fit. Cody Gakpo is the finest option because of his speed, power, creativity, and goal-scoring ability.
His muscular stature would provide something altogether unique to the team, with over 30 goal contributions this season playing in a wide role. PSV are looking for a substantial fee in the £30m-£40m area, but he would be a good investment.
With all of these players in mind, it should be clear that a great window is not inexpensive. It would be prohibitively expensive to sign Turner, Hickey, Gundogan, Tielemans, Jesus, Schick, and Gakpo. But we’re discussing perfection here.
The truth will almost certainly be different. If Arsenal wants to compete for the biggest trophies again, perfection may be the only way to do so.