Date: 17th May 2017 at 6:53pm
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Arsenal face a major summer ahead as they seek to strengthen their squad and cope with any high-profile departures from the Emirates Stadium, amidst continued speculation surrounding the futures of the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.

Likely set for a campaign outside of the Champions League, although the Gunners could still sneak into the top-four courtesy of a win against Everton and a massive hand from already-relegated Middlesbrough, Arsenal are braced for major changes.

Arsene Wenger’s own future in North London also continues to flood the back pages but the likelihood is that he’ll stay for at least another year, building a squad capable of contending next season and beyond- easing the handover from his inevitable departure.

Arsenal’s reported targets in the press are extremely varied and it’s difficult to speculate at this stage who will join the Gunners’ ranks this summer, so we asked a selection of Arsenal influencers on social media who’d they’d sign- you can let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Josh Challies, ArsenalMania Editor (@Challies11)

I don’t think Arsenal’s problems can be solved with just one major signing but it’s important we send out a clear message of intent, especially with the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea likely to spend heavily in the close-season.

Our targets will likely depend on whether Alexis and Ozil stay or go but the ideal recruit in my eyes is Karim Benzema, an experienced winner who could finally leave Real Madrid this summer after years of speculation linking him to Arsenal.

Now 29, Benzema is in the prime years of his career but Real Madrid’s search for superstars could see him replaced. Los Blancos are also in the final of the Champions League and securing their third European crown could see Benzema seek a new challenge.

If we were to sign an established, top-class striker like Benzema and then a quality, younger striker to compete with him I think we’d do very well.

Michael Timbs, Copa90 Social Media Content Creator (@MichaelTimbs)

Realistically I’d say Alvaro Morata.

Even though we have strikers, there’s been a feeling since Emmanuel Adebayor and Robin Van Persie left that we just haven’t had the adequate firepower to actually mount a serious title challenge- but I’d also want a goalkeeper and a left back too!

Connor Humm, Journalism Student (@TikiTakaConnor)

Mauro Icardi from Inter Milan would be a great signing for us. He’s clinical, young and a leader- and he has all the attributes to become world class. He’d be the perfect number 9 in our system.

Dann Betts, TheHotStepanovs Editor (@JokmanAFC)

I would contemplate cutting off an appendage if we could nab a player of the ilk of Paulo Dybala,Kylian  Mbappe or Bernardo Silva. Then realism kicks in.

I think we need a touch more dynamism in attack and with the very real likelihood of Alexis departing, we’ll be in dire need of someone extra special in attack.

I would love Alexandre Lacazette. Consistent goals in Ligue 1 and in European competition, the Frenchman’s rubs are a dream for the vision of Özil. If we manage to keep Mesut, Lacazette is perfect.

Curstis Goff, Editor of FreshArsenal (@Curt_Goff)

For me, it’s got to be Alexandre Lacazette. I know it’s the obvious choice but I feel he’s exactly what Arsenal have been looking for this season. Olivier Giroud is clearly on his last legs and will stick around as a back-up influential sub next season. Welbeck isn’t doing enough to show me he’s our main man in centre forward and Lucas Perez will be heading back to Deportivo in a few months time.

Lacazette is 25, proven to score in different situations and would allow Alexis to play in the position he prefers, sitting behind the striker to see more of the ball. The only issue with this signing is if Arsenal are outside of the Champions League, because that’s the dream for Lacazette.

It will take some convincing from Mr. Wenger but if they can pull it off, its a signing that can promise 20+ goals in a single campaign. Lacazette could finally be a player than can end the ‘curse of the number 9 shirt’.

Oli Price-Bates, FreshFootball Editor (@OliPriceBates)

Van Dijk if we stick in this formation. Beat our rivals to a big signing, realistic signing, he’d add much needed height and strength and authority and PL experience