Five wingers Arsenal need to look at to solve their wide man problems
Arsenal have struggled to have the width in their attacks this season. Injuries to the likes of Henrik Mkhitaryan and Danny Welbeck hasn’t helped the cause, despite the fact that these are not wingers by trade. If we look at the squad, only Alex Iwobi as an out-and-out winger but the 22-year-old, despite some good performances, hasn’t shown enough to nail down a first-team spot.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Aaron Ramsey Ramsey and Mesut Ozil have played a part out wide but they don’t offer the width a natural winger would do. Hence, Unai Emery needs to find a player who will help stretch the opposition in the summer. Here are the five wingers Arsenal should consider:
The 23-year-old has been on fire for Lille this season in the Ligue 1. The Ivory Coast international has netted 16 times in the league so far and is only behind World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe in the top scorer’s list. Pépé has also supplied eight assists in the French top-flight, making him the league’s best assist-man. Arsenal have been linked with the Ivorian before. Lille could be willing to accept a bid in the region of £45million.
The former Angers man can easily be accommodated on Arsenal’s right-hand side and his numbers make an incredible impression. Pépé averages 3.3 shots per game, 2.3 dribbles per game and 1.8 key passes per game. Unai Emery should seriously consider bringing the youngster to the Emirates in the summer. (Whoscored.com)
The 23-year-old has been on fire in the Eredivisie this campaign with 13 goals and six assists to his name in 19 starts for PSV. The Mexican international also featured in the 2018 World Cup where he helped Mexico go through to the knockout stages including a well-taken goal against defending champions Germany. Lozano averages 3.1 shots per game, 2.3 key passes and 2.1 successful dribbles per game. (Whoscored.com)
The former Pachuca man can play on both wings and also as a centre forward. His versatility brings variety to any team he ends up with and Arsenal should have him high up in their list of options.
Arsenal were close to securing the services of the Brazilian in the recently shut January transfer window on a loan move but Barcelona’s asking price ended up being a roadblock. The former Bordeaux winger has struggled to get game time this term with just one start in the league for the Spanish champions.
In his final season in the Ligue 1, the Brazilian scored 12 times and assisted 7 in a remarkable season with the French club. With very little playing time in Spain, the Brazilian should be open to a move and Unai Emery should move in for the Brazilian.
The 25-year-old was closely linked with the Gunners in the January transfer window and is a terrific player. The former Atletico man currently plays in China with Dalian Yifang. But a player of his quality should be at a top club in Europe. Carrasco has found the net 7 times and also has 5 assists to his name.
The former Monaco winger was in the Belgian World Cup squad and featured four times for Roberto Martinez’s men. Carrasco can play on both wings and is experienced at the top level with over 200 games for club and country. Arsenal should go back to signing the Belgian if their other options don’t materialize.
Arsenal have been linked with Pavon for the better part of a year now and he would be a very good addition to Unai Emery’s squad. The Argentine is comfortable on both wings and is considered to be a massive prospect. The 23-year-old came off the bench three times in the 2018 World Cup and was impressive.
Pavon has scored six times and assisted 11 last season for Boca Juniors. He averaged 2.5 shots per game, 1.9 key passes and 2.5 dribbles every game.
He would potentially be the cheapest option on this list and the Gunners should keep their eyes on him. (Whoscored.com)