Arsenal transfers: Three midfield targets for the Gunners
Dimitri Kondonis considers three midfielders that Arsenal could sign this summer
So far this summer, Arsene Wenger has continued Arsenal’s recent spree of top quality acquisitions by bringing Petr Cech to the Emirates.
The fee wasn’t particularly jaw-dropping, but managing to lure the ex-Chelsea mainstay across London is pretty symbolic in it’s own right.
And as Arsenal fans urge Wenger to continue his signings in the ilk of Cech, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, we look at three midfielders he may be lining up.
Southampton’s robust central midfielder has been attracting a lot of interest over the past 12 months from Tottenham, Manchester United and Arsenal. What is clear is that Schneiderlin wants out, and Spurs seem to be less likely to win the race for his signature. The French midfielder could bring a great deal to the Gunners, he is never shy of a tackle, he keeps the team ticking and is a hard worker – he would allow for the more creative midfielders to flourish while keeping Arsenal on the front foot. And with the Gunners’ French connection through Wenger, Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny, Schneiderlin may well fancy a link up with his fellow compatriots.
Another hard-tackling midfielder, Arturo Vidal’s proposed link to Arsenal seemingly peaked a couple of weeks ago when reports from Spanish radio suggested that the deal was all but done. Intriguingly, it appeared that everybody was sold a fake story, and the move didn’t come to fruition. That doesn’t mean that it will not happen in the future, however, with Vidal providing a midfield presence which could help the Gunners really step up another gear next season. It would appear a case of Vidal or Schneiderlin however, as both would cost upwards of £20m and don’t have particularly dissimilar styles of play.
Finally, Barcelona’s 27-year-old winger Pedro has been touted with a move to London, either to Arsenal or Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea. The Spaniard could provide an opposite flank equivalent to Alexis Sanchez, with a similar style and delivers a subtle but efficient danger. Equally apt on either foot, he could link-up well with his ex-team-mate Sanchez and by being brought up through the Barcelona ranks, he wouldn’t require much adapting to the Arsenal style of play.