It’s going to be a tough summer for Arsenal fans. Seeing rivals splash the cash on new recruits while the Gunners try to spend their limited transfer budget carefully will cause a certain amount of frustration, but it is where the club is at currently.
Spending money wisely is really the key for the London club so are there hidden gems out there that they could look to snap up? Let’s look at five potential options:
Hans Vanaken (Club Brugge)
It may only be the Belgian Pro League but the 26-year-old has been hugely consistent. He has hit double figures for goals in each of his last six seasons, and he can provide assists as well.
Last campaign for Brugge, he scored 17 and made 19 assists. His successful season was rewarded with his first two caps for the Belgian national side as well. He could well be a very economical replacement for Aaron Ramsey.
Martin Odegaard (Real Madrid)
Perhaps not a hidden gem, but his star has faded somewhat after failing to develop as expected following a move to Real Madrid. He struggled on loan at Heerenveen during the 2017/18 season leaving many to question if he had been overhyped.
However, his spell on loan at Vitesse Arnhem in the Eredivisie last campaign saw his talent emerge once again. 11 goals and 12 assists in 39 appearances for the 20-year-old shows that the Norwegian may well have turned a corner.
Real would probably be open to loaning him out once again so it wouldn’t be much of a risk going after him this summer. He would certainly be a more economical alternative to Ryan Fraser or Yannick Carrasco on the right wing.
Teji Savanier (Nimes)
The 27-year-old may only have one excellent season in Ligue One under his belt, but what a season it was. Six goals and 14 assists for the set-piece expert, helping the newly promoted Nimes to a midtable finish.
Playing in the heart of the midfield, Savanier loves to dribble with the ball from deep, as well as providing pinpoint through balls. He may not be close to Santi Cazorla’s quality but he’d provide something the club have been missing since the Spaniard’s departure.
Filip Kostic (Frankfurt)
The Serbian will join Frankfurt from Hamburg permanently this summer after a superb loan spell which saw him score ten goals and contribute 13 assists.
His new team could look to sell him on for a profit, and he would certainly offer a good option on the left flank. Considering he was played as a wingback too, he’d be a perfect player to compete with Sead Kolasinac in a 3-5-2 formation.
The 23-year-old is a player who can play in a number of positions, having played as a number ten, in central midfield and out wide last season.
The Portuguese midfielder helped the unfancied Moreirense to a sixth-place finish in the Primeira Liga, scoring ten goals and providing eight assists. His performances have attracted Benfica who are known for identifying young talent.