Myron Boadu – AZ Alkmaar – Centre Forward
If Arsenal needs another young forward to add to their already strong young core of forwards, then they should look no further than AZ Alkmaar’s Myron Boadu. I would have initially recommended former Arsenal youth prospect Donyell Malen, but he hasn’t been linked with a move away and his serious injury will keep him out for the foreseeable future – which means it’s hard to see him leaving PSV this summer.
Boadu has taken up Malen’s place as the premier young centre-forward in the Eredivisie, leading the exceptional AZ Alkmaar team from the front, with 14 goals and 8 assists in 24 league matches this season.
Standing at 6 foot 0 with great technical quality, Boadu has the potential to grow into a great goalscorer at the top level, and he’s already made an excellent start. The quoted price for the 19-year-old is just £20m, with the likes of Newcastle and Leverkusen also interested.
Of course, a striker signing is very unlikely for Arsenal. Out of the 4 players on this list, this one seems like the biggest longshot. Martinelli and Nketiah still have big futures at the club in this role, while at least one of Lacazette and Aubameyang will probably still be at the club next season.
Said Benrahma – Brentford – Left-Winger
I’ve already mentioned that Arsenal needs a dynamic, creative left-winger to take the burden off of Ozil and allow Aubameyang to move to a central role (if he stays). At the moment, the best and most cost-effective option, that also fills the hole the best, is Brentford winger Said Benhrahma.
Naturally a right-winger, Benrahma has been recently converted to the left flank and is playing the best football of his career, with 10 goals and 8 assists in the Championship this season. The English 2nd division has been a talent factory in recent years, and players like Grealish and Maddison have proven that the transition from the Championship to the Premier League is seamlessly possible for talented attackers, so this move wouldn’t be as big a risk as some might make it out to be.
Benrahma is Algerian, which means you already know he oozes technical class and is a joy to watch. He would add the very qualities that Arsenal is missing on the left-wing, and while there have been no quoted fees just yet, there is almost no chance he would cost more than £30m, and a potential deal might cost closer to half of that.
A player of his ability, matched with such a low price tag, would be an exceptional capture for a club like Arsenal. At just 24, he has plenty of room to grow too.
Any of these 4 players would make a big difference at Arsenal, especially in the future.