[Image] 2 ways in which Arsenal could line up with this £52.7m speed demon in the team

Arsenal, a club that witnessed the epitome of success under Arsene Wenger, are currently going through a crisis after failing to book a Champions League berth for the second consecutive season. Wenger finally stepped down from his post at the end of last season, following years of protests from the unsatisfied fans.

Wenger’s successor Unai Emery will have an uphill job next term to restore the pride of the north London club.

Emery, who was a surprise appointment ahead of Mikel Arteta, holds an enticing resume with three back-to-back Europa League triumphs during his time at Sevilla. He also managed to win the French league with Paris Saint-Germain last season.

The Gunners reportedly have a limited transfer budget and the prospect of no Champions League football will hinder the Spanish manager from recruiting high-profile players.

Arsenal are interested in young Portuguese sensation Gelson Martins but the 23-year-old attacker has a £52.7m release clause.

Martins had a productive campaign for the Portuguese outfit, scoring 11 goals and setting up nine more in 47 appearances in all competitions.

The right-winger was a transfer target for Liverpool last summer and his dynamic displays down the flank, along with his swift movements, footwork and key passes make him a perfect fit in an attacking set-up.

Wenger has left behind the likes of Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who despite being relatively newer additions, have showcased their quality up front alongside Mesut Ozil, Danny Welbeck and Alex Iwobi.

The inclusion of one further wide attacker might surprise many, but neither of Arsenal’s frontmen is an outright winger and they indeed need one to fill the void created by the departure of Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United in January.

However, Arsenal have other areas to strengthen too, but the Portuguese international would add more flexibility to their squad which would enable Emery to experiment more often. The Spaniard has mostly preferred a front three during his PSG tenure and Martins would perfectly slot in the right-hand side of a 4-3-3 formation.

Also, they might be line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation, which will allow more balance in midfield. Martins would fit in the right midfield role and keep on combining with the fellow attackers in search of goals.

The talks, however, are still premature and the North Londoners must splash the cash to start rebuilding.

The Gunners must significantly bolster their defensive line and midfield before the start of the 2018/19 season, but their attacking set-up would be one of the league’s best in terms of quality, options and versatility.

Here’s how Arsenal could line up in a 4-3-3 with Martins on the right:

Here’s how Arsenal could line up in a 4-2-3-1 with Martins in midfield:

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Written by Pratyay Maitra

A sports enthusiast and football fanatic.


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