After selling six players and loaning a host of others, there has to be replacements brought in. I suggest that Arsenal buy six players that are over the age of 25 or have had a lot of first team experience.
Here is who I would love to see at the Emirates.
In terms of forwards, Luis Suarez and Marouane Chamakh; midfielders would be Felipe Melo, defenders Girgio Chielini and Brede Hangeland and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
I have no idea how much it would take in terms of cash for Ajax to let Suarez go, but I’ve been a fan of his for the last 18 months. He’s a goal machine and Ajax players generally tend perform well with other world class teams.
I’m not 100 percent sold on Chamakh, but I do trust Wenger’s judgment here. Even if he isn’t as amazing as the hype has suggested, having Bendtner, Van Persie, and Suarez to compensate will be just find.
I am still bitter by the fact that Arsenal was not willing to buy Melo last summer. However, his performances at Juventus have not been up to par with what the Italian team expected. If Wenger were able to get Melo from them, I think that he could coach the Brazilian back to his world-class form.
Chielini would also be another play from Juventus I would like to see at Arsenal. He has loads of first team experience and is only 25 years old. He’s a large back and would complement Vermaelen well.
Hangelend is also this type of player. Having these two new guys as well as Vermaelen as options for backs would surely shore up the gunner back line.
Finally, Arsenal need a world class keeper. I personally believe that Hugo Lloris would perform well at Arsenal. At only 23, Lloris has over 100 first team appearances for Nice and Lyon. In addition he’s been capped eight times by the French national team.