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Arsenal Transfer Special: The Midfield Is Perfect, The Rest?

Arsenal seem to be firing on all cylinders. If anyone saw their recent FA Cup victory over Middlesbrough, it seemed the old attacking Arsenal team was back as they completely dominated the Championship side. Sure, it was just a Championship side but the ease with which Arsenal not only contained the team, which had defeated Manchester City at the Etihad in the last round, but controlled the game even after going 2-0 up showed a lot of maturity, especially for a team that was being questioned about their chances of actually making it into the top 4 or even going on a proper run in a cup competition.

Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger

Arsenal are still in the chase for a top 4 finish and are in both the FA Cup and UEFA Champions League, games which are coming up will make or break the season for the Gunners but building for the future starts from now and Arsenal should be preparing for the next transfer window as well since they can sign a few players and snap up good talent early, if they understand which positions in the team need strengthening.

The midfield is perfect, the rest? Not so sure

Arsenal do not need to work on their midfield options, they are blessed in that department. Arsenal have Rosicky, Flamini, Arteta, Wilshere, Ramsey, Cazorla and Coquelin for those positions that is an abundance of talent already, probably they have the best squad depth in the midfield position. They also have the likes of Ozil, Sanchez, Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain to fill in the midfield positions, if there is a requirement, although the latter quartet are better suited to attacking options. There is just one position which needs strengthening in the midfield role and that is of a defensive midfielder. Arsenal cannot rely just on Coquelin or Flamini next season and should move now to get someone into the team.

The other position which actually needs strengthening is the forward position, Olivier Giroud is the best striker the club has but Danny Welbeck, Joel Campbell and Yaya Sanogo do not actually provide a lot of confidence to the Arsenal fans and Wenger should make it a priority to get another striker who can provide 15-20 goals per season. We all know Lacazette and Ayew are out of contract at Lyon and Marseille respectively, maybe Wenger can use his French connections to sign the pair up before any other team makes a move.

The defence was kind of taken care off in the winter transfer window with Gabriel Paulista coming in from Villareal and he did look good against Middlesbrough. Arsenal do not really require more talent in the defence as they have the likes of Mertesacker and Koscielny with Chambers and Monreal often deputising in the centre of defence, they could do with another young centre back but that could be taken care of from the youth system at Arsenal.

The goalkeeping position is the one of major concern, David Ospina has not looked brilliant in goal but maybe he just needs a little bit more time to acclimatize to the game while Wojciech Szczesny has often been at the receiving end from some Arsenal fans due to a few poor performances which has led him to be replaced by Ospina. Wenger could make a move for a goalkeeper who would provide real competition to the pair or even could sell Szczesny at the end of the season.

Liverpool Summer Transfer Plans: Who Stays And Who Leaves?

What a difference a few months makes to a season for a club, down in the bellows of the league, but now with the New Year, just a few places away from the promised land of great European nights. Liverpool have had what can best be described as an amazingly Topsy turvy season, playing rather poorly at the start of the season and then all of a sudden recovering from the loss of Daniel Sturridge for a huge chunk of the season and playing some attractive football with the results to show as well.

Liverpool
Liverpool

They are in the race for a top 4 finish, are unbeaten in their last 9 league outings and are in the running for both the FA cup and Europa League titles. Steven Gerrard might be on his way out of the club after a long and productive career and Liverpool need to plan well in advance this time around rather than the debacle of the Luis Suarez transfer, with the transfer window a few months away we try to find out just who stays and who goes at Liverpool next season.

Transfer out (Loaned players not considered for this list)

Glen Johnson

Glen Johnson has been on the nerves of most Liverpool fans for quite a few seasons, there is no doubting his ability, his ability to forget how to defend. It is a surprise that Liverpool are in talks of extending his contract, but in all honesty, they need to replace Johnson and they already have youngsters like Jon Flannagan and Andre Wisdom chomping at the bits to replace the English defender.

Fabio Borini

Sadly, the last day drama by Borini has not paid off, Borini decided to stay and fight for his place at Liverpool, but he has not been able to take advantage of the few chances he has been given and it is all but a surety that Borini is to be replaced at the end of the season.

Brad Jones

Liverpool need to upgrade on their goalkeepers and while Simon Mignolet has found his form at the club, they still need to have a good second choice goalkeeper and while Jones is decent, he is not getting any younger and it could be the time to call time for the Australian at Liverpool.

Jose Enrique

The Spaniard has not played as many games as he would have liked and with Liverpool playing a new 3-4-3 formation, his options to break into the squad are limited. Jose might not be the first choice at left back anymore thanks to Alberto Moreno and he should be shipped out from the club.

Rickie Lambert

Unfortunately for the lifelong Liverpool fans, his dream has not been realized. Lambert might have scored a couple of times, but he has rarely been used by Brendan Rodgers and he almost did move to Aston Villa in the January transfer window, which could happen in the next window.

Transfer in

Neto

Liverpool need to get a good second choice goalkeeper or at least someone who can give Simon Mignolet a run for the money and Neto has been linked with a move to Liverpool, the 25 year old goalkeeper from Fiorentina might not be a tried and tested player in the Premier League but he would certainly do well to provide competition to the Belgian.

Andre-Pierre Gicnac or Alexandre Lacazette

There is a toss-up between Gicnac and Lacazette and if Liverpool get any one of them it would make it a great striker line-up for the Reds. Both the players have been brilliant at their respective clubs but Lacazette might be the better and costlier option, he has scored more goals and is just 23 years old fitting perfectly into the Reds policy of buying young players.

Miralem Pjanic

The Roman midfielder would be the ideal replacement for Steven Gerrard, Pjanic is great on the ball and can control the play well, the 24 year old would cost a lot for Liverpool but to replace a player of Gerrard’s ability, but that is what you would have to do, break the bank to get a player of good quality in.

Arsenal Transfer Special: Possible Ins And Outs In The Summer Window

Arsenal have always had this liking to play more youngsters and of course Arsene Wenger believes in the club’s youth system. Arsenal are blessed with a lot of talent in their club, especially in the midfield position with so many players trying to fight it out for a few places in the starting XI. Arsenal though, like any other club would like to strengthen their team, there still are a couple of places which Arsenal could improve in and they do have the money to spend after splashing the cash in buying Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla in successive summers, where they broke their own transfer record.

Here we have a list of players who should be shipped out from Arsenal and a few players who could be shipped in:

Shipped out

Wojciech Szczesny

The goalkeeper has had his fair share of problems with Arsene this season, apart from his poor performances in a couple of games, he has his smoking issue with the manager and then his father also came out with some rather harsh words for his teammates.

Ospina has come into the team to ensure they have a good replacement for the Polish goalkeeper and this could be his last season at Arsenal.

Abou Diaby

Diaby might be talented but sadly, he is injury prone and has made only 2 appearances since last season for the Gunners. It might be time to give up on Diaby and although people might still say he deserves a chance at Arsenal, the 28 year old might still have a job at Arsenal but not as a player but as a coach.

It is a little sad to write off a player who really is at no fault for his injuries but this is football, no place for emotions, nowadays.

Mathieu Flamini

Although Arsenal do not have a lot of cover for his role, Flamini could make way for the younger Coquelin who has been exceptional for the Gunners this season. Arsenal need someone who is tough in midfield and unfortunately Flamini cannot provide that all the time, his age has affected his ability and he needs a break from the rough and tumble game of the Premier League.

He still is a good player, but keeping him on the bench does not make sense for Arsenal.

Bring them in

Sami Khedira

Just buy him! That should be the slogan. Arsenal have been linked with the German world cup winner for a couple of seasons and since he would be out of contract, Wenger should not waste any time and sign him up ASAP.

They need someone who can play in the holding midfielder role and Sami would be perfect for the role. He would do well at Arsenal as well, that is if Arsene decides to buy him.

Alexandre Lacazette

The inform striker in the French League, the 23 year old Frenchman would fit perfectly at Arsenal, especially thanks to a French speaking manager. Lacazette has scored 25 goals in 29 appearances in all competitions for Lyon as he has shot them back to the top of the table.

Lacazette would be a perfect foil to play with Giroud and would definitely be better than Welbeck who does not seem to be the player everyone expected him to be for the Gunners.

Mats Hummels

Mats Hummels linked With Arsenal
Mats Hummels linked With Arsenal

This might be a bit of long stretch, but transfer market is not predictable, Mats Hummels might still be playing at Borussia Dortmund but he has been linked with a move away from the German side and since the rest of the buys could be really cheap, Arsene could break the bank to strengthen his defence.

Hummels would fit perfectly into the Arsenal team and they already have a couple of Germans in the team with Ozil and Mertesacker.