Given Mikel Arteta will be working with a reduced budget this summer he could do a lot worse than lifting a page from Wenger’s book and looking at England’s second tier for talent. With that said, here are four Championship players for him to consider.
Eberechi Eze (Queen’s Park Rangers, Attacking midfielder)
The talented 22-year-old attacker has had an interesting career to date after being released by Millwall as a teenager. He landed at nearby Queens Park Rangers and was in fine form last season, recording 14 goals and eight assists in 46 Championship games.
A fantastic ball carrier that is also press-resistant, he would bring versatility to Arsenal as someone able to operate on the left or as a number 10. Said to be on the radar of Crystal Palace and West Ham United, he could be the direct player the team needs in the middle of the pitch to stitch midfield and attack together.
Said Benrahma (Brentford, Winger)
A £2.7million signing from Nice in 2018, the 24-year-old has established himself as arguably the Championship’s best attacker in 2020. Blessed with pace, tricks, and tremendous vision, he offers so much to Brentford’s attack and is a major reason why the club were challenging for promotion this season.
He now looks set to make the step up with or without the Bees and recorded 17 goals and nine assists in 43 league games last season. The club are said to want in the region of £20million for the winger, and while he would not be the star of the show at the Emirates, he could offer something a little bit different in the final third.
Louie Sibley (Derby County, midfielder)
At 18, Sibley is a few months younger than Jurassic Park III, but that hasn’t stopped him making a significant impact on the Championship this season.
Handed a place on the bench several times early last season his first league start of the campaign came against Blackburn Rovers in March, during which he notched a fine goal.
He followed that up with a hat-trick in the next game Millwall and added one goal and two assists before the season was over. A talented and technical midfielder, Sibley is also a bit of a risk-taker, and that is something to be admired.
Although he won’t come cheap, he could be the perfect addition to Arsenal’s midfielder, as someone that can carry the ball forward and help the team create more in the final third.
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Josh Dasilva (Brentford, Midfielder)
If the name sounds familiar, it’s because Da Silva started his career with the Gunners before moving to Brentford on a free transfer in 2018.
Although he spent time as a left-winger and a forward in his youth, Dasilva now operates in the engine room of midfield, and can best be described as a box-to-box midfielder. He recorded an impressive ten goals and four assists in 42 Championship games last season and now looks ready to step up into the Premier League.
Still just 21, he has a lot of room to grow as a player and could continue as a box-to-box player or moulded into a more defensively minded player.