Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta could follow Arsene Wenger’s precedent, by mining for gold from France in the transfer market. It’s a strategy that saw Wenger raid his homeland of several admirable bargains during his 22-year spell in north London.
He of course had the advantage of knowing Ligue 1 like the back of his hands and had the contacts to get the deals over the line.
While Arteta remains inexperienced in that field, Wenger has created a clear pathway and ensured Arsenal remain an attractive proposition for any player looking to move to the Premier League from France.
Wenger picked up the likes of Robert Pires, Samir Nasri, Laurent Koscielny and Emmanuel Petit from France.
There were also several bargains in the form of Emmanuel Adebayor, Bacary Sagna and Sylvain Wiltord.
The defender will return to the club this summer following his loan spell with St-Etienne.
However, he may not be the only arrival from France.
The Gunners are eyeing a deal for Gabriel Magalhães from Lille.
The defender looked destined to join Everton before Arsenal entered the fray.
He would cost around £27million and could replace the departing David Luiz.
Amiens striker Serhou Guirassy is also on the club’s radar.
Chelsea and Tottenham have also looked at the 24-year-old, who could be available at a cut-price following Amiens’ relegation from Ligue 1.
Stade Reims defender Axel Disasi is also on Arsenal’s radar.
Either way, Arteta will now have a huge transfer kitty this summer due to the coronavirus crisis, but his squad needs plenty of work.
The former midfielder will have to show his nous in the transfer market, while also demonstrating his managerial qualities to get the best from his players.
Published at Thu, 04 Jun 2020 10:25:00 +0000