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My Transfer wishlist – Now we need experienced Premier League stars

My Transfer wishlist – Now we need experienced Premier League stars

Richarlison and more – my transfer wish list for this summer by Jimmy Grain

Despite a disappointing and bitter end, this was a promising campaign for the Arsenal. We’ve had to try and transform the youngest side in the league into a seasoned and experienced team and there’s no doubt that all of our players will be better off for the trials and tribulations of this season. The fans are enjoying football again, and if we can recruit well, we will have a special side next year.

It’s unclear what strategy we will be employing this summer but I hope that we don’t approach it in the same way that we did last time around. Last year was a successful one in that we bought some cracking young players, but I would like us to now add some experience, leadership and firepower that will turn us into a team feared by all.

We must go for players that will make an immediate impact, Premier League players who don’t need time to settle in the country or adapt to the physicality of the league. We’re now two and a half seasons into Arteta’s reign and it’s high time that we kick on, get back into the Champions League and really challenge for some trophies.

I would be putting Kalvin Philips high on my list of priority targets. His energy, passing range and ability to win the ball back proficiently would do wonders for this Arsenal side. He’s proven that he can perform at the highest level during Euro 2021 and may be available at a cut price due to his injury issues this season.

I think that he would be the perfect player to compete with Partey and Xhaka for their places, whether that be playing as a 6 or an 8. Should Man City come in for him though, Youri Tielemans would be a great backup option. He will offer more attacking guile than Philips but I do harbour concerns over the security of a Xhaka and Tielemans pivot should Partey get injured again.

John McGinn would a slightly conservative option but may not have quite as much potential as Tielemans does. There’s not much between them, but with Tielemans only having a year left on his contract, he would be the cheaper and more sensible choice.

Our attack’s lack of firepower and depth is what cost us most in our battle to finish fourth though. Being back in the Europa League means that we will certainly need a couple more quality attackers. We look like we are on the verge of signing 19-year-old Marquinhos from Sao Paulo but he will be one that’s more for the future and should probably be loaned out.

I would be offering Ivan Toney the chance to make the trip across London and become our main striker. He is a good physical player who can deliver dominating and aggressive performances like the one that Callum Wilson put in against us last week. Toney can be the focal point that our attack needs, making the ball stick, winning headers, linking play and most crucially, scoring goals.

That’s not to dismiss Eddie Nketiah, who I would like to stay as he has proven that he can put in strong performances…

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