There appears to be a split as to how Arsenal are set to progress with their possible transfer of Liverpool’s Luis Suarez. Some papers are saying that Arsenal are readying a third bid, while others hint that Wenger might wait until towards the end of August before making the key move for the player.
The third option though is that Arsenal will miss out on their target and there are many Arsenal fans who won’t be too concerned if Wenger does start to look elsewhere.
The big issue for Arsenal though is that so many of their potential targets have already moved on. Higuain, Bony, Cavani, Jovetic are all gone. Arsenal also face the added problems of a Bale-less Spurs with a huge war chest to spend too.
Who then could the Gunners line up as that much discussed marquee signing?
Robert Lewandowski – Well the Pole has a year left on his contract at Dortmund and it seems very unlikely that he will be going anywhere apart from Bayern come this time next year. Unless.. Arsenal weigh in with a mega bid. It might tempt Dortmund, but will the player fancy it…
Michu – This is another unlikely one. He would be relatively inexpensive (well less than £25 million) has lots of Premiership experience and would be a hit with the fans. But he is probably too similar to Olivier Giroud to tempt Wenger. Besides I think Swansea would quite rightly fight tooth and nail to keep him.
Alexis Sanchez - A couple of sites are already linking Arsenal with Barca’s Alexis Sanchez. The theory being that Neymar’s arrival might push him off the team sheet. The down side with Sanchez is his rather poor form since his signing in 2011. 26 goals in 87 appearances isn’t much of return in a fairly easy league when your team are way superior to almost all their rivals. He would also be pricey. Barca paid £30 million for him to grab him from Udinese. They would probably want something approaching that figure before letting him go.
Stephan El Shaarawy - A great prospect but would Milan let him go? Unlikely. It would have to be a mega bid to get their attention. He has been linked with Arsenal before.
Chuba Akpom/Yaya Sanogo - In other words, spend some of the cash on Fellaini and a creative midfielder and see what the youngsters are made of. Not a policy that will please too many fans though…