With a midfield overhaul set to occur this summer at Arsenal, Arsene Wenger is under big pressure to bring in the right men to take the Gunners back to the top.
With Mathieu Flamini, Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky all seemingly set to depart the Emirates in the off-season, Wenger is facing a lack of quality central midfielders.
Plenty of names have been linked with a move to the red half of north London, with the latest being Sporting Lisbon’s Joao Mario.
The 23-year-old has long been linked with a move to Manchester United, but it’s been reported this week that Arsenal are prepared to get their elbows out in the race to sign the Portuguese international.
Wenger will have to go some to get Mario however, with the midfielder tied into a contract with the Portuguese giants until 2020 – and with a rumoured £55m buy-out clause.
Having broken into the national team too, Wenger may feel he needs to move sooner rather than later with the upcoming Euros a potential chance for Mario to receive even more attention from potential suitors.
With Arsenal all but of the title race, and just the curtain-raising Community Shield to show for their efforts this term, the pressure is on for Wenger to return the club to major trophy contention.
Reports have claimed many of Arsenal’s core midfielders – including Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – are under threat of being ousted, and this summer could be when Wenger goes all out for the overhaul, having failed to sign a single outfield player last time around.
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