Well, the World cup is in full swing; we have seen England impressively beat Panama, Mexico capture people’s imagination with their energy and flair, even the Germans are having a wobble (thanks to Mexico).
With all that, Arsenal fans want to know which of the players on display could be lining up at the Emirates next season. Now I am no Mystic Meg, but here are 5 players who Arsenal could well have their eyes on during this World cup.
Andrej Kramaric – Hoffenheim – Age 26
Leicester fans will barely recognise this Croatian attacker as he struts his stuff these days for Hoffenheim. It has to be said that Julian Nagelsmann has done a fine job helping Kramaric realise his potential, turning him into genuine live wire regardless of his position on the pitch.
Arsenal could do with a hard working, skilful, attacker than can play all across the front 3 positions like Kramaric, he could play on either flank or even in the hole behind the striker depending on the formation.
Benjamin Pavard – Stuttgart – Age 22
Pavard usually plays at centre back for his club in Germany, although playing at right back for France at this World cup, such is his talent on the ball. Many expect this curly haired defender to eventually move into the centre for France although with so much competition for those places it’s understandable to either expect a 3-man centre back line or see him playing out wide for the national team from here on.
With the lack of faith in the Arsenal back line, Unai Emery could do a lot worse than building for the future with Pavard central to his centre back options.
Amine Harit – Schalke – Age 20
This World Cup might be a bit early for Harit and some of the other young super-talented Moroccans, especially in a group that contains Spain and Portugal. But that won’t stop scouts checking out this impudently talented central schemer.
Full of tricks, full of passes and movement, and with a high talent ceiling, Harit has impressed at Schalke and will no doubt be an asset to any team next season who look to unlock the toughest of defences.
Roman Zobnin – Spartak Moscow – Age 24
Beloved in his homeland and now seen as a vital player by the coach and national fans to everything they do. High on work rate, bravery, Zobnin is like the Russian Gilberto Silva, he does the ugly stuff so others don’t have to.
Roman Zobnin recently came back from a knee injury although you can’t tell as he has been a driving force in the Russian team qualifying for the knock out phase of the world cup. It’s obvious what he would bring to Arsenal and why he is needed.
Andrija Zivkovic – Benfica – Age 21
While all the hype has been about Millinkovic Savic, Andrija Zivkovic has been an under-the-radar star for Serbia, waiting to burst onto the world cup scene.
Starting out as a winger, Zivkovic has been one of the most scouted young players in Europe, now thanks to his turn in the middle of the park for Benfica, he’s shown he is equally adept at dictating play and dribbling out of the tightest of situations to find an opponent
I got into football as a kid watching Italian football in the afternoons and ever since I’ve been hooked on tactics and the continental side of the game. I’ve written about Italian football in the past among other things but now it’s time to write about, the embodiment of how I see the beautiful game, Arsenal. Hopefully writing things and opinions about the game you haven’t seen before, I like a bit of a joke too.