As Arsenal entered the January transfer window, they were top of the Premier League, but now look set for another third-placed finish.
The Gunners haven’t ended the season higher than this since the 2004/05 campaign and will need to bring in recruits over the summer if they are to compete for the title next term.
Arsene Wenger looks set to act quickly, with rumours swirling about who the French manager is looking to attract.
The Daily Star has picked up on reports in Germany that suggest the north Londoners want to sign Bayern Munich’s Mario Gotze, who has also been linked with Liverpool.
However, the World Cup winner would likely command a hefty price tag, but would not be worth it considering the immense talents Wenger already has at his disposal in attacking midfield.
Mesut Ozil has provided 18 top-flight assists this term and would likely keep his compatriot from playing in his preferred central role.
Alexis Sanchez, the club’s player of the season in 2014/15, will surely start on either flank, leaving Gotze to operate on the other.
Yet, the 23-year-old has only started in a wide role in four of his 17 appearances across the Bundesliga and Champions League over the course of this campaign.
Therefore, this would leave Arsenal shelling out a lot of money for a player they would not be able to accommodate and they should instead focus on improving in other areas.
Indeed, Olivier Giroud has just three Premier League goals to his name over the course of this calendar year and the Gunners are crying out for a new striker.
Gonzalo Higuain, who became the first person since Luca Toni in 2005/06 to score over 30 goals in Serie A this season, is believed to be a target and those in charge of making the decisions should focus all of their efforts on him.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.