Arsenal hero Ian Wright believes Unai Emery should make a move for two of Leicester City’s star players to boost his squad ahead of next season.
Gunners boss Emery is currently preparing his side ahead of the Europa League final against Premier League rivals Chelsea in Baku, Azerbaijan on Wednesday.
But once the dust has settled from that bid, Emery knows he must bolster his ranks to improve his side’s chances of challenging at the top level again next season. And with players such as Aaron Ramsey and Danny Welbeck heading out of the Emirates exit — and with others bound to follow — recruitment will be on the Arsenal manager’s mind sooner rather than later.
And Wright, who won a clutch of silverware for the north London giants during his seven-year stint there after signing from Crystal Palace back in 1991, says the Foxes have two players worth nabbing.
Ex-England ace Wright, now a well-respected pundit, says left-back Ben Chilwell and midfielder Belgian midfielder Youri Tielemans (on loan from Monaco) should be recruited — along with Lille winger Nicolas Pepe.
Speaking to the Daily Mirror, former Celtic, West Ham and Burnley goal-getter Wright said:
“Someone like Ben Chilwell would be ideal. He is the kind of left-back who is getting better with every game. He’s an England international now and somebody that I’m sure is going to be sought after.
“Then there is Youri Tielemans. He came over from Monaco. He’s on loan at Leicester City and he’s someone that — well there are loads of teams linked with him — but he’s someone that you’d want to have.
“And Nicolas Pepe at Lille. That kind of winger with his intensity, pace and skill. Those are the kind of players that are definitely going to improve any team. And they’re at the age where they are going to be there for a few years. So that’s a dream list if I’m being totally honest.”
Meanwhile, Gunners defender Shkodran Mustafi says he thinks Chelsea’s experience in Euro finals won’t necessarily impact on Emery’s side as Arsenal gear up for their only European showdown since 2006 when they lost to Barcelona 2-1 in the Champions League final in Paris.
Quizzed on the Blues having more experience, Mustafi said:
“You can tell me what you think: a lot of players, experienced, who have played a lot of finals or a team which is motivated for their first game? It depends how you see it. I think it’s more positive when you have no experience because you go there, you are looking forward to it. It’s a final, you give everything and you are looking forward to win it. For us it’s more positive than negative.”