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Wheels begin to turn on Arsenal overhaul, but Wenger must aim higher

No one seems safe at Arsenal between now and the end of the season, the gauge tracking the futures of manager Arsene Wenger, as well as a whole host of star men, wings from one direction to another on a daily basis with reports of a big money summer overhaul continuing to rumble on.

The latest reports suggest that replacements are now being sought for both Mesut Ozil and top scorer Alexis Sanchez as the north Londoners prepare for their respective departures.

Liverpool target and Germany international Max Meyer is supposedly being lined up to fill the boots of his compatriot Ozil, with the 21-year-old tipped for big things in world football, having already notched well over 100 Bundesliga appearances.

Meanwhile, FC Porto forward Yacine Brahimi is the man being touted to take on the thankless task of replacing Gunners favourite Sanchez.

The 27-year-old, who has already been watched by both Southampton and West Ham from the Premier League – at least – this season is regarded as somewhat of an untapped talent in Europe, with plenty of Champions League experience under his belt.

The Algerian international has bagged six goals and four assist so far this season, with his Porto side just three points off of top spot in the Portuguese top flight.

However, whilst the tricky forward could be a gamble – it is not what is needed at The Emirates this summer. The Gunners fanbase is more toxic and divided than ever before and they will need big signings to even consider backing their long-serving manager once again, should he stay on.

Brahimi could join the Saints or the Hammers and have a strong season, but is he going to make the move to the capital and get anywhere near the level of Alexis Sanchez – no chance.

Names that have previously cropped up as players who could possibly come in and fill a Sanchez shaped hole – such as Marco Reus, seem to have faded away in recent months as we get closer and closer to the time when a decision will have to be made and deals signed.

The ideal situation, of course, is that the main men sign new deals and stay on, however, even then the squad clearly needs more than just a lick of paint. With that in mind, the Gunners – whether it is Wenger pulling the strings on the deals or not – need to be far more ambitious in their additions this summer, just spending money will no longer suffice, they must spend it in the right places.

 

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