Gunners to be? Last season was a little bit of a mixed bag for Arsenal. True, they ended their nine year trophy drought by winning the FA Cup, but their Premier League title challenge fell short despite a promising start. It is clear that the Gunners need a few new faces to be brought in. The fact that they are fifth favourites with Unibet showcases that, but who are the players who could transform them from perennial league failures to genuine title contenders?
A combative midfielder is exactly what Arsenal need and for that reason Arsene Wenger was justified in not actively pursuing Cesc Fabregas. Martinez, currently at Bayern Munich, should be allowed to leave the Allianz Arena after being at loggerheads with manager Pep Guardiola for most of the season. It is no secret that the Gunners midfield is lightweight and unless they find some much needed steel they will never win a title. Martinez would allow Jack Wilshere, Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey all to push further forward, which with those three is exactly where you want them.
There have been a whole host of strikers linked to Arsenal but none have come out, like Jackson Martinez, and said that they want to play at The Emirates. Olivier Giroud put in a decent stint up top for Arsenal, finding the net on 16 occasions. However, you need more than one striker and that became crystal clear last season. Giroud, as is to be expected, went through varying patches of form, which when you consider the fatigue of playing 36 league games is more than understandable. With Bendtner out the door, Wenger has to buy a solid centre-forward, and Jackson Martinez hits the brief. At 27-years-old the Porto striker is reaching his peak and his goal-scoring record certainly speaks for itself. 46 goals in 60 games for Porto is an astronomical goal return.
With Juanfran again turning down Arsenal and PSG moving ahead of them in the race for Serge Aurier, Southampton’s Calum Chambers could become Arsenal’s only real alternative to replace Bacary Sagna at right-back. Some may see Chambers as a little left-field but his performances last season with the Saints proved that he is capable of playing at the highest level. Just like Sagna, Chambers is a rampaging right-back with blistering pace and a good right-foot. At just 19-years-old he gives Wenger that long-term project the Frenchman craves and if he is this good as a teenager you can only imagine how good he will be once 23-years-old. Arsenal spent £42,500,000 last season, which is a feat in itself, and this summer they at least need to spend double that figure.