With Arsenal set to complete the majority of their transfer business before the month end, it will give the club over a month to find that something special. The missing piece of the jigsaw.
With Sokratis coming in at the back, and a deal for Lucas Torreira nearing completion that will reinforce the midfield, the trio of Raul Sanllehi, Sven Mislintat and Unai Emery have acted quickly to address two of Arsenal’s long standing problems.
A third signing, expected to be Bernd Leno, will hopefully solve the problem of Petr Cech in goal. The German stopper will replace David Ospina and compete with the veteran Czech to be Arsenal’s number one.
That will leave Arsenal just one player short of a competitive squad next season. An attacking wide man.
With Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain leaving the club in the last 12 months, Arsenal lack someone who will hug the touchline.
Whilst Mesut Ozil, Henrik Mkhitaryan, Alex Iwobi, Danny Welbeck, Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang can do a job out wide, their natural inclination is to drop inside. They won’t be getting too much chalk on their boots.
Whilst I expect Arsenal to play 4321 next season, with Ozil and Mkhitaryan playing behind Aubameyang, we need to get a wide man allowing us to change the tactics of required.
Ideally you want that wide man to be quick and direct, but also have the technical ability to come inside and play as a number 10 if needed.
If we are building a criteria, we also need to target someone under 24.
With Ozil and Mkhitaryan both 29, whoever comes in needs to be a long term option, a potential replacement for Ozil or Mkhitaryan in the future.
Someone to fill the talent gap between Iwobi (who will become 4th choice attacker) and the senior pair.
One person who ticks every single box is Mexico’s Hirving Lozano – goal scorer against Germany.
The PSV Eindhoven winger was heavily linked with Arsenal in 2017, with reports that The Gunners were considering activating his £30m release clause in January.
Originally seen as a replacement for Alexis Sanchez, the deal died when the Chilean joined Manchester United, with Mkhitaryan coming the other way.
“Chucky” turns 23 in July, and usually plays on the left hand side. Being right footed, he usually cuts inside Robert Pires-esque.
Playing as an inverted winger, he is quick and direct, more than happy staying out wide. But he also has the technique when he drops inside.
Last season he scored 19 goals and contributed 11 assists in 34 games as he helped his Dutch side win the title.
Arsenal will easily be able to afford his release clause, and Lozano would be the final piece in the jigsaw for next season.