Arsenal’s New-Look Line-Up With 6 Key Signings Including Fabregas

By on May 23, 2014

The transfer rumours are in full swing and Arsenal are being linked with a whole host of names across the world, and with Arsene Wenger understood to have £100m available to spend this summer, it’s promising to be an exciting few months.

With all the speculation going on it’s nearly impossible to know who Arsene’s true targets are and he always keeps his cards close to his chest anyway, but I’m going to come up with a realistic list of targets and show how we could line-up next season.

The big talk at the minute in the newspapers is the possible return of Cesc Fabregas. He’s not loved at Barcelona and we have a buy-back clause reportedly worth just £25m. Wenger won’t be able to resist if Cesc is up for the move, and I don’t think we should turn down a world class player if we can get him for just £25m.

I’ve seen people worry about where he’d play, but Arsene would find a way to fit him in and I could see Ozil moving out to the left. The German drifts out wide often in games anyway, and our team never plays in a rigid formation so the players can interchange throughout the course of the game.

Defensive midfield is an area we certainly need to strengthen and I’d go for Morgan Schneiderlin from Southampton. He’s likely to be cheaper than other targets like Lars Bender and he has Premier League experience. Reports claim we’re lining-up a £12m bid but we may need to pay nearer £15m to land the Frenchman.

Another striker is also required this summer and although many are hoping to see a marquee name come in, I just don’t see happening it I’m afraid. Realistically, who are we going to get? Costa’s off to Chelsea, and Benzema won’t leave Madrid unless they buy Suarez. Which they won’t this summer. Mandzukic isn’t the answer as we need to add pace to the attack, and if we do sign Cesc, then we won’t have the £40m+ required to land a big name like Cavani, etc.

So I think a shrewd buy would be Loic Remy. Reports claim we’re in talks, he’s got an £8m buy-out clause and has proved he can score goals in the Premiership. He also has pace and brings something very different to what Giroud offers, and can play out wide if needed. He ticks all the boxes if we can’t land a super-striker.

We also need to bring in another attacking wide player and Antoine Greizmann is on our radar. There is talk we’re going to use our buy-back clause for Carlos Vela to reduce the fee for Greizmann to just £15m, which would be a superb buy. He has bags of pace, can play on either wing and even up top if needed and scores goals.

With Bacary Sagna off to Man City, Serge Aurier is hotly tipped to be his replacement. It would be a great buy if we could get him for under £10m, with the papers suggesting we could even pick him up for just £7m, and he can even fill in at centre-back if needed.

A new back-up goalkeeper is needed to replace Lukasz Fabianski. Many names have been linked but David Marshall from Cardiff would be a good buy. We’ve been linked with a £6m swoop and if he’s happy to be second choice, it would be a decent purchase.

So here are the six signings I’d like to see us make this summer:

  • Remy £8m
  • Aurier £7m
  • Schneiderlin £15m
  • Fabregas £25m
  • Griezmann £15m
  • Marshall £6m

That’s a total of £76m, which is the maximum I think we’ll end up spending this summer. We all know Arsene isn’t going to be pressured into spending the whole £100m, so if he uses £76m of it we should all be happy!

It would leave money left over to replace Thomas Vermaelen if he leaves, or perhaps if the boss is feeling adventurous he could find an upgrade on Remy. Someone in the £25m-£30m bracket. Jackson Martinez could be a good shout but for the difference in price, Remy is probably a safer bet.

So here is how my team would line-up with the new recruits:

Subs from: Marshall, Vermaelen (replacement if he leaves), Monreal, Jenkinson, Arteta, Flamini, Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Griezmann, Podolski, Rosicky, Gnabry, Giroud, Sanogo.

I think that’s a well balanced squad and all the signings are realistic and within budget. We’ve added pace in Remy and Greizmann, a bit of power and a proper defensive midfielder in Schneiderlin and our marquee signing would be Cesc Fabregas.

I would certainly be one delighted Gooner if Arsene was to add those six players this summer, and we’d have a great shout of winning the title next season.

What do you think? What players would you realistically like to see Arsene sign? Would you take Fabregas back?


  1. Obayan felix

    May 24, 2014 at 3:12 am

    If Arsene can truely secure the signatures of these players, it will make the more solid and players will have to their shirts. That means good competition will set in. Secondly injuries will not have much effect on the entire team as we experience last season

  2. Bryan juma

    May 24, 2014 at 3:30 am

    as usual we all know wengers character the only sure signing he will make is a full back replacement of sagna. While others we pray so hard that he brins in atleas 2 midfielders an some with speed plus a striker too giroud has been overworked.


    May 24, 2014 at 5:33 am

    what i need wenger to do the necessary.

  4. Muhammad

    May 24, 2014 at 8:24 am

    Please arsene wenger sign karim benzema,carlos vela,walker to replace sagna and a central defender to relace per metersacker

  5. obi japan

    May 24, 2014 at 10:11 am

    gud idea but we don’t need fabrigas again in our team we already have santi nd rosisky who can play the possition bether. use dat fabrigas money to buy mandsukic of munich

  6. goldy

    May 24, 2014 at 10:14 am

    arsenal must buy dimaria and draxler also,
    with fabregas & vela

  7. Ayo Olamousi

    May 24, 2014 at 10:16 am

    I reckon Wenger should sign 4 players these being:
    instead of wasting money on griezmann either buy back Vela or promote Joel Campbell

  8. barrecy

    May 24, 2014 at 10:49 am

    this as been wenger normal nature he wil only say dis when transfer window is not on but it is time for him to act on it he wil start saying another thing

  9. Hogmanay

    May 24, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    Very good article. I came up with almost the same list. You are absolutely right about Fabregas/Ozil. If made available we must go for cesc. The lineup is what I would like to see. However I would rather AW spent money on Ginter then Greizmann. Cos I really believe TV5 will leave.
    all in all – spot on!

  10. dilip

    May 24, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    arsenal should also add one is di maria and walcott should bench cazorla should be add in starting lne up

  11. theshadow

    May 24, 2014 at 7:47 pm




  12. fitzgerald lartey

    May 25, 2014 at 9:03 am

    plz i want my team arsenal to sign competent players like fabrigas,vela and others.

  13. Michskillz

    May 25, 2014 at 9:27 am

    Fabrigas and Dimaria Angel are d key master…….

  14. adedun abiodun

    May 25, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    Should Wenger nd Arsenal able 2 pen these deals den nd not until den Epl wil b likely as well as FA cup,Charity Cup nd more also Champs Lg.I bliv sub is all we need nd wit these deals we surely gonna ve a strrong bench in terms of injuries.

  15. jones

    May 25, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Is good if we can get bck fabregas but di maria and lars bender or julian draxler would be a perfect signingt

  16. jacob uchee

    May 26, 2014 at 12:50 am

    di maria is the player we needs than grezemann so acording to me that line-up is good but include joel campbell in ozil’s position we don’t want fabrigas wilsher is good in that position as well as rosicky and remy is a good attacker needs a good wingers to suply the ball walcott i not right winger to assist our goal machine remy

  17. Stanley Phillemom

    May 26, 2014 at 6:16 am

    We need Casilas to challange Szcenzy,Coleman to replace Sagna,also Wenger should extend Varmalen contract.Defensive midilfielder i beleave Xavi Martinez from FC Bayen will help us.About striker,we can use Fabregas to get more cash to sign 2 big strikers,Mankzukic and Lukaku and sell Giroud and that Sanogo.No one will beat Arsenal next season if we wil sign these key players.

  18. Noel

    May 26, 2014 at 6:55 am

    Wenger sign benzema,cesc is no longer to arsenal.also make sure olviar giroud we dont want

  19. GEORGE

    May 26, 2014 at 7:51 am

    Yes I would take Cesc back,Remy would would be a great edition to the squad

  20. Chris

    May 26, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    I think we need only 4 signings that’s if TV5 stays:

    Obviously we will get a RB either AURIER or possibly Coleman or Micheal RICHARDS ( Both EPL EXPIRIENCE)

    CM/CAM in Cesc, id get him back, £25mil is a bargain for world class player and is only 27.

    Was lots of speculation about Draxler and De Marie who has speed, good fininisher young and can play on LW or be converted like RVP and Henry to a ST.

    CDM I’m not to fussed as long as we get 1. Arteta hasn’t got the legs anymore and although could intercept, and was good passer (although never passed forwards only backwards or sidewards), couldn’t really tackle and use to foul to break up play. I’d upgrade and have (preference) Sami Khedira, Martinez or Schneiderlin for £15-£18mil.

    ST is important, but don’t think Benzima is the answer as would cause bad competition and friction with Giroud for French starting spot. neither is mandsukic as is to similar to Giroud. We need someone who is fast and can run in behind the defence, is willing to shoot outside the box and is a fox in the box and goal poacher. My preference is Cavani or Martinez, Falco (needs to play in bigger stadium and better team) or convert Theo and plax Ox on wing for the cheap option.

  21. Byamungu malago

    June 11, 2014 at 6:44 am

    The 6 target is good but i would change remy with benzima ,j martinez or madzugic coz those are world class strikers but i’ve been reading arsene wenger’s target are that 6 players and all ov them are de confirm ones

  22. albric agyekum amoh

    July 7, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    i arsene signs alexis sanchez he is one of the players we need line up this season.i also hope arsene signs khedira.it will make mildfield concrete with the likes of ozil,walkott,ramsey,wilshere nd chamberlain

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