5) Jordan Pickford
The English shot-stopper had an impressive season with Sunderland. While the Black Cats were awful, Pickford was the bright spot. His excellent performances have earned him accolades from around the world. While Pickford may still be too young for Arsenal, he would present an enticing option. Petr Cech had some nervy moments this season, while Ospina looks set to leave the club. Pickford could be Cech’s understudy at the Emirates or could stay on loan at Sunderland itself. Whatever may be the case, Pickford is one for the future and Gunners may want to sign him before other clubs enter the race.
4) Djibril Sidibe
The right-back was impressive for the all attacking Monaco side. The French club against all odds went into the semi-finals of the Champions League and won the Ligue1 to end PSG’s dominance. Sidibe was a crucial member of Leonardo Jardim’s side. His ability to get up and down the pitch and put in dangerous crosses make him an ideal candidate for Arsenal. Hector Bellerin had a disappointing season. Arsene Wenger will be wary of letting go of Bellerin, but signing Sidibe could prove beneficial. It would provide the necessary competition for the Spaniard, which would benefit the club overall.
3) Ricardo Rodriguez
The Swiss defender is one of the best in his position. If reports are to be believed, Arsenal are keen on signing the defender. While he may not come cheap, Arsene Wenger has shown a willingness to spend heavily in recent years. With Monreal now in his 30s and Gibbs certain to leave, Rodriguez would be the perfect choice to become Arsenal’s first choice at left-back. Rodriguez has all the attributes to flourish at Arsenal, and this summer could finally see him leave Wolfsburg in search of bigger things.
2) Marco Reus
Marco Reus has been the subject of interest of many clubs around Europe. The German midfielder is one of the best players in the world right now. His luck with injuries has been awful; however, that has not hampered his growth. This season, Reus has matured and looks like a leader for the Black and Yellow. He talks more than he did and leads the Gegenpressing with his impressive work-rate. With Thomas Tuchel no longer at the club, Dortmund are once again in a state of uncertainty. Arsene Wenger could be ready to pounce on the opportunity. Reus would be an excellent replacement for Sanchez. Now 27, Reus may be ready to take the next step in his career.
1) Antoine Griezmann
The Frenchman is the hottest property in Europe at the moment. Griezmann has developed fantastically well at Vicente Calderon. While he may not have the trophies to show for it, Griezmann has attracted the attention of some of Europe’s top clubs. With speculation still swirling regarding the futures of Sanchez and Ozil, a move for the Frenchman would be a huge statement of intent from the Gunners. Unfortunately for Wenger though, Real Madrid and Manchester United appear like the front runners for the attacker, with United being his preferred destination.