As Arsenal look to rebuild the team on a tighter budget than many of their rivals, here are three European reclamations projects that could be worth taking a punt on.
Chelsea discarded Mohamed Salah and Kevin de Bruyne. Manchester United let go of Gerard Pique. Arsenal themselves moved on from Serge Gnabry, Donyell Malen, Jeff Reine-Adelaide, among many others. There are European reclamation projects that are worth investing in. They can fulfil their potential, even if they are currently struggling to realise it.
So, with that in mind, here are reclamation projects that the Gunners should take a punt on this summer.
3. Ousmane Dembele
There are few players that broke onto the scene as a teenager like Ousmane Dembele. The blistering Frenchman was devastating for both Stade Rennais and Borussia Dortmund. By the end of his age-19 season, Dembele had 20 goals and 26 assists to his name in all competitions. He would move to Barcelona shortly after his 20th birthday for an eight-figure fee.
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Since then, Dembele has struggled greatly. He has struggled with injuries, missing 53 games since the start of last season, and has failed to establish himself in the Barca starting XI. As a result, his price has slumped, and as Barca reportedly look set to move on from the Frenchman, he would be the ideal replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Arsenal will still have to pony up the best part of £80 million, and a severe medical check is required, but if you are happy he can overcome his muscular problems, which is not a given for a player who relies on his pace, you might just uncover the best attacker in world football. He might be worth the risk.