Arsenal supporters will have been enjoying the World Cup, even though the several Gunners in action in Russia have had differing experiences.
Granit Xhaka, new addition Stephan Lichtsteiner, David Ospina, Nacho Monreal and Danny Welbeck have all made the last-16, while Mesut Ozil, Alex Iwobi and Mohamed Elneny have all gone home.
But what about some new additions who have impressed at the tournament?
We all know that Lucas Torreira’s signing should be wrapped up very soon, but here are some other names from the tournament that Unai Emery might want to consider.
Ricardo Rodriguez, Switzerland
Left-back Rodriguez had been on the radar of several big sides during his six seasons at Wolfsburg, before AC Milan took the plunge and signed him for a modest €15m last summer.
However, the well-reported financial problems at the Serie A giants might see them sell should they receive a decent profit, and Arsenal could do with an upgrade on Nacho Monreal at left-back.
World Cup 2018 team of the tournament: Best XI on show in Russia during the group stage
Simon Kjaer, Denmark
Another staple of the transfer rumour mill, Kjaer joined Sevilla from Fenerbahce last summer, but Emery’s former side never quite hit the heights over the 2017/18 La Liga campaign.
A player who has always seemed destined for the Premier League, a decent off from the Gunners could persuade him to make it at the age of 29.
Harry Maguire, England
He knows the Premier League, and England’s Harry Maguire would surely make for an upgrade on plenty of the Gunners defenders currently on the club’s books if he moved to the Emirates.
The Leicester City man might be mocked by some, but his rough and ready style could be just what Arsenal need as Emery remodels the defence.
Yerry Mina, Colombia
The scorer of two key goals for Colombia, centre-back Mina will spring into Tuesday’s last-16 meeting with England in fine form.
He was only signed by Barcelona in January, but given that they are on the verge of exceeding their maximum number of non-EU players they could have to get rid of him already, and the Gunners could pounce.
Hirving Lozano, Mexico
The Gunners could surely do with some pace on the flanks to supplement their fine attacking talents through the middle, and Lozano would fit the bill.
The quicksilver wide man scored Mexico’s winner against Germany, and after 19 goals in 34 games for PSV last season he’s well-tuned to European football already.
Hector Herrera, Mexico
Torreira might be coming, but the Gunners could probably do with a complete overhaul in a midfield area which has seen several figures pass through.
Porto’s Herrera could be a great addition in there, with his mature, biting displays for Mexico in Russia showing his suitability for the Premier League.
Juan Quintero, Colombia
For too long the creative burden in Arsenal’s attacking midfield has been placed on Mesut Ozil, but the diminutive Colombian’s displays in Russia far outshone those of the German.
He’s currently on loan at River Plate, but Quintero’s displays at the World Cup have led to plenty of links to European clubs, and the Gunners could do worse than get involved.
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