As any honest Arsenal fan can tell you, Arsenal’s hesitancy in the transfer market can be extremely frustrating.
Arsene Wenger has the ability to pull off some mind-blowing bargains, but sometimes his refusal to pay a little bit more can cost the team big.
Although Arsenal do have a lot of money to play with, when I was assigned this article, I thought that it might provoke some debate here.
I’ve only included players here who I think would join Arsenal, hence Messi and Ronaldo [et al] not being on the list.
The Reliable Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris
He is somebody who just has to be on this list.
Although Lukasz Fabianski and Wojciech Sczczesny have shown a lot of promise, Lloris would be a comfortable first choice for Arsenal were he playing for them.
It doesn’t hurt that he’s French either.
The Solid Centre Back with Potential: Mamadou Sakho
Intelligent, pacey, athletic, French (again)—he sounds like an Arsenal player already.
There is still a chance that Wenger might go for him, but even despite the form of Johan Djourou and Laurent Koscielny, he would still fit in at Arsenal.
I’m sure I’m not the only journalist underwhelmed by the form of Sébastien Squillaci and frustrated by the time Thomas Vermaelen has spent out.
Sakho would ease the load massively.
The Versatile Defender with Potential: Jack Rodwell
There are several things I like about the prospect of Rodwell playing for Arsenal:
He can cover in the centre back role.
He can cover in the defensive midfield role, and be physical.
He can cover at right back if need be.
He’s used to the Premiership and has the steel to play at this level.
He has enough composure to play in more advanced roles.
The only problem is how much Everton would potentially want for him. But if Arsenal had billions to spend, that wouldn’t be a problem.
The Treat From Abroad: Jesus Navas
Although I do question myself whether or not Arsenal really need this kind of player, considering how many midfielders they have, he would certainly bring some direct and attacking impetus to the team that every so often they seem to lack.
Navas is someone who can take players on and whip in crosses. He is the player Marouane Chamakh and Nicklas Bendtner probably have naughty dreams about.
Playing in a similar role, and perhaps with more potential, is Eden Hazard. Press reports suggest Arsenal may sign him in the summer and this would be great business for Arsenal.
The “Oh go on Then” Striker: Sergio Aguero
It’s amazing how Athletico Madrid have managed to hold onto such a high class player for so long, when his name has constantly been connected with the big clubs and he never seems to stop scoring.
He’s pacey and young, which would suit Arsenal; it might also be worthwhile cementing his relationship with the club, considering that having married Diego Maradona’s daughter, his son Benjamin may just have the best possible footballing genes ever.
What do you think? Who would you buy instead?