As Arsenal secured the Champions League spot for next season, many supporters are starting to discuss the club’s future. While the number one topic is Van Persie’s future, the next most popular subject is potential signings that we are all waiting for. Although many fans including myself are eager to see the big names like M’Vila, Kagawa, Hazard etc, I decided to take a different perspective and look at the players who are not as popular, but can certainly improve the quality of our squad. I also wanted to include only attacking players with Epl experience that could be purchased for a relatively cheap price. In order to explain my decision I am going to make an assumption that Yann M’Vila will be an Arsenal player next season. With that being said, I genuinely believe that Yann will solve our defensive problems and Arsene will try to bring an attacking player. Since M’Vila will cost anywhere from 17mil to 22mil which will break our current record signing (Arshavin 15m), and that makes it very unluckily for us to spend anything more than 15million on an attacking player. Alright, let’s talk about those 3 players.
1) Matthew Jarvis (estimated cost 7 million Euros)
Even though Wolves had a terrible season and deservedly got themselves relegated, they can hardly blame Jarvis for this. He had a good season, featuring 37 times, netting 8 goals and assisting 6 times. If we compare his numbers to the previous 2 seasons we get: 34 apps, 3 goals and 6 assists in 09/10 season and 37 apps, 4 goals and 8 assists in 2010/11 season. As we can see Jarvis has been consistently improving and there is no reason to think that he can’t improve even more. He is 26 and a move to a bigger club can be a catalyst to his future improvement. Jarvis is known for his pace, ability to cross and a good shot. When I think of a player who is similar to Matt, Antonio Valencia comes to mind. He has similar qualities and since moving from Wigan to Manchester United, Valencia was able to take his game to another level. With that being said Jarvis desperately needs a move to a bigger club and Arsenal could be the answer.
2) Stephane Sessegnon (12-15 million Euros)
Stephane has only played two seasons in Barclays premier league, but he already made himself known. His lighting pace, quick feet and a great shot make him one of the most dangerous players in the league and his numbers don’t lie. In 24 games this season Sessegnon managed to score 6 and also added 9 assists to his name, not bad huh? Stephane is a very versatile player and can play on the left, on the right or through the middle. His preferred position is a playmaker and since Fabregas’ departure Arsenal has been missing a player in that department. Sessegnon can score a goal out of nowhere and could be a natural replacement for Andrei Arshavin.
3) Junior Hoilett (free agent)
Junior Hoilett is probably one of the most exciting talents in the world. In January, Fifa named him among the 13 players to watch in 2012 and Junior didn’t fail to impress. Junior loves dribbling past people and does so with ease. He is not afraid to shoot and to be honest I wouldn’t be either if I had a shot like that. Want a proof? Just Youtube his goal against Norwich and thank me later. Hoilett is currently a free agent as he declined a contract offer from Blackburn and media already linked him to a possible transfer to Arsenal or Spurs. Let’s be honest this kid is a genius, and the last think we all want to happen is to lose a player of his quality to Tottenham.