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5 Players Arsenal Can Sign To Help Them Win The Europa League.

Now that Arsenal fans have finally accepted their fate of playing in the Europa League next season, it’s time to assess how the Gunners can win the tournament. Even though most will feel that they’re above the understudy European competition, the sad reality is Arsenal’s current squad will not win the tournament. Why? Because there are glaring deficiencies in the team.

Arsenal need to aim for players who would improve them in the Champions League so that they can perform sufficiently in the Europa League. These players would then not only fire Arsenal to the Europa League, they could help Arsenal lift the Premier League title too.

Here are 5 players Arsenal need to sign to win the Europa League.

GK: Jan Oblak

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Jan Oblak has claimed 94% of the crosses he’s come for.

A leader, organiser and aerial dominator, Jan Oblak is one of the main reasons Atletico are so defensively solid. The Slovenian keeper has been an unsung hero at Atletico Madrid, allowing them to win games where they've had less than 40% possession. Diego Simeone’s tactical approach demands high levels of concentration from every one of his players, including the keeper.

The 24-year old excels at; shot-stopping, 1 on 1 scenarios and claiming crosses. With Petr Cech not getting any younger and David Ospina seemingly on his way out, Oblak’s presence would be welcome at the Emirates. The 24-year old is young and still has a decade in the game ahead of him, he’s exactly the kind of keeper that can provide the foundation for a Europa League win. The keeper at his young age already has experience of reaching major finals in the Champions League, meaning he could handle the Europa League with ease.

CB: Marquinhos

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Marquinhos has 12 caps for the Brazil senior team.

Thiago Silva’s successor is a player wanted by many but attainable by the few. Ever since signing for the former French champions in 2013, the Brazilian’s stock has grown exponentially. Not only is he one of the best defenders in his country, he’s one of the best in the world.

Acquiring his services would place Arsenal as firm favourites for Europa League success. The 23-year old not only dominates at centre-back, he has the versatility to influence games at right wing-back too.

In a back three, Marquinhos would take Arsenal’s defensive solidity to new heights. His pace would allow him to be one of the outer CBs that covers the most space. His industrious work rate and astute positioning mean he’d know where to be and he has the physical ability to be there always. At just 23 years old, Marquinhos could form a formidable partnership with Rob Holding and Shkodran Mustafi for years to come.

CM: Blaise Matiudi

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The tireless midfielder runner has been an ever-present figure at Paris Saint-Germain for years now. The Frenchman’s intelligent 3rd man runs from deep have gone a long way in destabilising all the low-blocks PSG have faced over the years. In attack, he occupies defences by overloading them, in defence, he tracks runners coming from midfield.

Alongside Granit Xhaka, Matuidi could form a pivot that dominates away games in Russia and Ukraine. Xhaka would dictate play from deep while sitting in front of the defence, therefore allowing Matuidi to bomb forward and aid the front three.

RW: Riyad Mahrez

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Riyad Mahrez only scored 6 league goals last season, in comparison to 17 the season before.

Player of the season in 2016, forgotten man in 2017. Riyad Mahrez much like the Leicester team has had a topsy-turvy two seasons. The Algerian has grown to superstar status across world football but his recent performances haven’t justified that hype. Last summer he was subject to a bidding war from several clubs, now he’s begging the Foxes to reduce his price tag.

Realistically it does seem as though the Gunners are interested in him, Arsène Wenger admitted his admiration for him recently. So if the Algerian were to make the trip to the Emirates, he would certainly thrive on Thursday nights.

As an agile and creative player, Mahrez would subsidise for the impact of either one of the leaving duo, Ozil and Sanchez. Mahrez offers the goalscoring potency of Sanchez and the final third creativity of Mesut Ozil.

ST: Alexandre Lacazette

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Alexandre Lacazette averaged a shot accuracy 65% this season.

For the third successive season, Alexandre Lacazette has scored 20+ goals in a league campaign for Olympique Lyon. And for the second successive summer, Alexandre Lacazette is on the top of Arsenal’s wish list. After taking Olympique Lyon to the semi-finals of this year’s Europa League, he’ll go two steps further with Arsenal next season.

With an impressive 39.1% conversion rate last season, one of the highest rates in Europe without penalties, Lacazette could fire the Gunners to European glory. Supplied with service from Mesut Ozil and Granit Xhaka, Lacazette will have plenty of through balls and long balls to run onto.

The 26-year star man is a pacey, versatile, clinical and powerful striker that can play anywhere amongst the front three. Wenger would welcome his versatility and instinct to stretch opposing back lines.

About the Author Mathaeus Abuwa

Arsenal fan with a soft spot for Pascal Cygan.

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