The international break provides Unai Emery with a chance to reflect on what has been an interesting start to the season for Arsenal.
Liverpool are the only team to beat the Gunners this season. They also sit third in the Premier League. Nevertheless, there is a sense that Emery’s men are still not convincing, particularly defensively.
Thoughts may perhaps already be turning towards January and maybe even the summer. So with that in mind, The Boot Room has decided to offer Arsenal a hand.
Here is a look at one player from every Premier League club, including Tottenham, that Arsenal should consider moving for in the future…
Aston Villa: Tyrone Mings
Aston Villa may have lost at the Emirates, but Mings is a hugely impressive defender. Their improvement last season after his arrival was remarkable. And it would be no surprise if plenty of clubs had a look now that his injury problems appear to be behind him.
Bournemouth: Nathan Ake
It is not difficult to imagine Ake leaving Bournemouth in the future. The Dutchman has been outstanding since joining the Cherries and, like Mings, would arguably be a good addition to Arsenal’s defence.
Brighton: Lewis Dunk
A pattern is emerging. Dunk is not a headline-grabber, but he could be a shrewd signing for Arsenal’s backline.
Burnley: Dwight McNeil
McNeil looks to be a fantastic talent. He already has two assists this season having provided five last year. It is hard to see the youngster staying at Turf Moor for long.
Chelsea: Christian Pulisic
Admittedly, this is unlikely to happen. But reports from the Daily Mail have suggested that Pulisic is already considering his future at Stamford Bridge. He is a fantastic talent, and Arsenal would make a statement of ambition by getting something done if he becomes available.
Crystal Palace: Wilfried Zaha
Well, this is predictable. At 26, Zaha may be worried that his chance of securing a big move away could pass him by before too long. If a top side can get the best out of Nicolas Pepe’s international teammate, he could be devastating.
Everton: Cenk Tosun
This may not go down well. But with Everton surely expecting to take a major hit on Tosun, the opportunity is perhaps there for another club to bring him in as cover for a low fee. It would be a gamble, but he is arguably a lot better than what he has shown at Goodison Park. Playing him in his best role would give the Gunners a different option. Still unconvinced? Fair enough.
Leicester City: James Maddison
Maddison is going to be a marquee signing for a top side sooner or later. If Arsenal put the bulk of their transfer budget into pursuing one move, it should arguably be to bring Maddison to the Emirates.
Liverpool: Xherdan Shaqiri
Admittedly, it is difficult to find a player Liverpool may be willing to let go to Arsenal who would improve Emery’s ranks. Shaqiri has the ability to produce moments of sheer magic. But he is not playing much for the Reds right now.
Manchester City: Patrick Roberts
Roberts has lost his way somewhat since his loan spell at Celtic ended. If he can realise his potential however, he could be a good player near the top of the Premier League. There is the added benefit that it would make Kieran Tierney very happy to have Roberts at the Emirates.
Manchester United: Axel Tuanzebe
Picking a Manchester United player to target is a difficult challenge, and any name seems either unrealistic or completely uninspiring. A huge punt is taken on Tuanzebe becoming available in the future if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer goes and the talented defender falls out of favour.
Newcastle United: Fabian Schar
Of all Newcastle’s defender, Schar arguably looks to be the one who has the most quality. He is a solid centre-back who also has an eye for goal.
Norwich City: Ben Godfrey
If Norwich’s stay in the top flight is brief, it would be no surprise to see a number of their players move on. Godfrey is an extremely talented centre-back. His history as a central midfielder seems to have helped make the youngster incredibly composed on the ball. He is surely a future England international.
Sheffield United: Oli McBurnie
It is difficult picking a Sheffield United player for this list. Chris Wilder’s men are not built on star players. A real gamble is taken on someone like Oli McBurnie, who would probably love to be in the box when the likes of Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin are putting crosses in.
Southampton: Moussa Djenepo
Djenepo’s arrival in the summer at Southampton arguably evoked memories of Sadio Mane’s move in 2014. He has shown glimpses of his quality, and it would be no surprise if he became the latest Saints star to attract admirers at a higher level in the future.
Tottenham: Toby Alderweireld
Tottenham are surely never going to sell a player to Arsenal. It is almost pointless predicting the next player to make a move from one to the other as whoever it is will catch everyone by surprise. The Daily Express have previously reported that Arsenal wanted Alderweireld in the summer and he is out of contract next year. This surely will not happen. Surely?
Watford: Abdoulaye Doucoure
Doucoure is surely one player who will be offered the chance to stay in the Premier League if Watford go down. He is an excellent defensive midfielder who also tends to contribute goals.
West Ham: Declan Rice
Like Maddison, Rice would probably need to be a marquee target who takes up almost all of Arsenal’s budget. But if they can afford the West Ham youngster, it would be a masterstroke to get him in.
Wolves: Willy Boly
The Sun has suggested that Arsenal want Boly. The 28-year-old has been an inspired signing for Wolves, and could definitely do a job at the heart of the Gunners’ defence for the next few years.