Arsenal fans will likely have to settle for finishing fourth in the Premier League this season, despite leading throughout the campaign's early stages.
A potential FA Cup triumph against Hull will paper over wounds inflicted from not winning a trophy in nine years, but there are plenty of improvements for Arsene Wenger to make next season.
The French boss is likely to be busy in the transfer market, as Antoine Griezmann, Loic Remy and Daryl Janmaat emerge as the Gunners' potential new targets. Rumours are sure to galvanise as we head toward the conclusion of the domestic schedule, but with the aformentioned names in mind, here's the latest news on each.
Latest News on Arsenal's Potential Transfer Targets
Antoine Griezmann, Real Sociedad
Wenger may be tempted to add tricky forward Antoine Griezmann to his repertoire in the summer. The Real Sociedad star has enjoyed a prominent season in front of goal, netting 16 La Liga strikes in 32 appearances, per WhoScored.
Positively for Arsenal, the 23-year-old recently denied reports he has agreed to sign with Paris Saint-Germain, reported by Alex Richards of the Mirror:
"Interest of PSG in me? I do not know anything nor have I had any contact," said Griezmann. "I want to finish the season well at Real Sociedad and play in Europe next season."
Aside from wanting European football, Griezmann confirmed he doesn't have "any preferences" as to which club he joins. Manchester United have also been linked with the Frenchman in recent times, but the Red Devils' lack of Champions League football could prove pivotal, reported by Bruce Archer and Jamie Sanderson of the Metro.
Griezmann would certainly fit in at the Emirates. His versatility ensures he can play from either wing or in a more advanced role, although he is best when floating in from the left. Griezmann's technical credentials fit in with the Arsenal ethos, and most importantly, he is a natural goalscorer who can lift some responsibility away from Olivier Giroud.
Loic Remy, Queens Park Rangers (on loan at Newcastle)
Bayern Munich's need for a prolific striker was highlighted during the recent 4-0 aggregate Champions League semi-final loss to Real Madrid. Although Robert Lewandowski is already confirmed to join at the end of the season, Pep Guardiola is reportedly eyeing the rapid skills of Arsenal target Loic Remy, per Alan Nixon of the Mirror:
Bayern Munich want to beat a host of Premier League clubs to QPR striker Loic Remy in a £15million deal.
Remy knows he would probably go to sit on the bench, but the glamour of Bayern – and the salary he'd get there – are tempting, and talks are due to start soon.
Remy would add a much-needed burst of pace to Bayern's attack. Lewandowski is no slouch, but with Mario Mandzukic and Claudio Pizarro likely to leave, Guardiola would be wise to land a striker whose instinct and finishing outweigh his technical side. As noted against Madrid, Bayern currently lack a striker who can make a difference without overthinking his every move.
Although Arsenal have long been linked with Remy, it seems the man who has scored 13 Premier League goals in 25 appearances this season may never be destined to play under Wenger's tutelage.
Daryl Janmaat, Feyenoord
Like Griezmann, Daryl Janmaat isn't concerned where he moves this summer. He has, however, suggested he will exit the Eredivisie in the coming months, noted by Richards:
It could be that this was my last home game but we'll head into the summer and see what happens. I certainly have no preference for a particular league or club. It just needs to be a nice club and the whole picture has to be right.
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Richards claims Arsenal will do battle with Liverpool and Everton for the right-back's signature, but the Gunners may show greater urgency if Bacary Sagna fails to commit his future, per David Kent of the Daily Mail.
Janmaat's well-rounded game could excel in North London. He possesses decent pace, strong passing skills and a willingness to bomb up the flank, offering strong delivery from the byline. Although not as fast-paced as Sagna, Janmaat is a meticulous type of defender who never shies away from fulfilling his duties.
Wenger needs this type of player heading into a challenging season for Arsenal. Title contenders such as Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea are expected to get stronger, while it is unlikely Manchester United will perform as badly as they have this campaign. Both Tottenham and Everton may also improve, suggesting the Gunners' boss needs to significantly invest.
This season's title charge faltered after Wenger failed to splash the cash in January. He cannot afford to underprepare during pre-season and will be heavily judged by the talent he brings in.