Much to Big Sam Allardyce’s frustration, Arsenal have survived relegation from the Premier League. Fulham, West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield United have all dropped down to the Championship, and that could make the summer transfer window interesting.
We all know that the transfer values of players will drop considerably if they get relegated. Some clubs will even be forced to sell their stars, which should alert Arsenal in what is our most important transfer window in years.
Yes, Arsenal’s aim should be to sign the best players in the world, not ones who have gone down. However, no European football means less money to spend, and that is a big problem for Mikel Arteta as he looks to rebuild his side.
Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe will sadly be out of our reach, but there are a few good players at Sheffield United, Fulham and West Brom, and it wouldn’t be a bad move at all to pick up one brilliant performer from each relegated club.
Here are three relegated players Arsenal should consider
West Brom – Matheus Pereira
The Baggies signed the Brazilian from Sporting Lisbon for just £9 million last summer. (BBC) Pereira is probably worth twice that fee now after a stunning season in which he has scored 11 goals and has provided five assists.
The 25-year-old was a constant threat against Arsenal on Sunday. He ran the length of the pitch to score a brilliant goal as well, and if Arteta wasn’t impressed by that, something’s wrong with him.
Fulham – Antonee Robinson
One of the most important areas Arsenal should strengthen this summer is at left-back. Kieran Tierney is our number one there, but his injury history is worrying, and we would be silly not to bring in a natural backup.
Fulham’s Antonee Robinson would be a fantastic addition.
The 23-year-old hasn’t picked up a goal or an assist to boast about, but he has still impressed many whenever he has played. If he’s available this summer, Arsenal should consider bringing him in as a backup to Tierney.
Sheffield United – Sander Berge
The Norwegian is one player Arsenal are actually looking to sign, if Sky Sports are to be believed. Berge was viewed as a fantastic signing for the Blades when he came in last year, but he hasn’t quite been able to set the stage on fire.
However, he is still a fantastic player and he will surely be on the move soon. Arteta admitted last year that his assistant, Albert Stuivenberg, knows Berge really well and is a big fan of the Norwegian. (Read here)
Martin Odegaard claimed a few days after he joined us that the Blades midfielder is his best friend in football. (Arsenal YouTube) Signing Berge could potentially convince the Real Madrid man to come back to the Emirates next season – very unlikely, but stranger things have happened in football.