Why Arsenal Should Target Anthony Martial
Should Arsenal eventually complete the transfer of Lucas Torreira from Sampdoria, the Gunners will have done some incredible business so far during the summer transfer window. As of the time of writing this article, Arsenal have so far signed Bernd Leno for a reported fee of £19.3 million, Borussia Dortmund star Sokratis Papastathopoulos for a reported fee of £16 million and the free transfer of Stephan Lichtsteiner.
New Arsenal manager Unai Emery has moved quickly to solve the core of his side’s problems. Whereas, the goalkeeping department and the defensive midfield problem has been in existence for years and the signing of another defender would give Arsenal another option. The signing of Lichtsteiner means Hector Bellerin doesn’t have to play every game. However, Arsenal could still do with the signing of a winger and quite a number of them have so far been linked. But if you ask me, Emery should go for Manchester United winger Anthony Martial.
Martial might not have performed well last season but he is certainly a quality player who unfortunately finds himself playing for a manager who does not appreciate his talents. The Frenchman could do with a move away from Old Trafford to a side that plays attacking football like Arsenal. Reports emerged recently that the former Monaco start wants out from Old Trafford, and since the news broke, this wonderful Transfer Hound’s hot-o-meter ranks him as the third most talked about player in relation to a transfer on Twitter right now. I firmly believe the youngster’s career could be rejuvenated under a manager like Emery.
Anthony Martial will certainly be an upgrade on Alexi Iwobi and Danny Welbeck, who are the two whom primarily play the left wing role for Arsenal. And the fact that he reportedly wants out of Manchester United will work in Arsenal’s favour. The only problem I foresee is the issue of a transfer fee. Manchester United are likely to be demanding as much as £40 million for Martial, which, judging by the reported warchest of £70 million, Arsenal may not be able to afford.
The Gunners can however raise money for the signing of Martial by selling the likes of Welbeck who I reckon should fetch the club upward of £20 million, considering the inflation in the current market. Mohamed Elneny is another that could be moved on, who should command at least £12 million, and Lucas Perez should also fetch about £8 million for the club. Others that can be sold to generate funds include David Ospina, Joel Campbell and Chuba Akpom.
With sales, Arsenal could certainly afford to spend as much as £130 million – sales plus the reported £70 million warchest – on new players this summer.
Imagine Arsenal having Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Lucas Torreira, Aaron Ramsey and Anthony Martial in their starting XI next season, with the likes of Alexandre Lacazette, Granit Xhaka, Alex Iwobi and Reiss Nelson forming the core of the second XI? They may not win the Premier League but they would certainly be good enough to get back into the top four, especially with a good coach like Emery.