We continue our postseason review of the Premier League with the big questions bearing down on 22 (soon to be 23) teams. Twenty Premier League sides (and two already-promoted Championship clubs) have work to do in order to achieve their aims. Chelsea, Liverpool, Spurs, and Man City want to a UEFA Champions League title. Manchester United, too, but the Red Devils join Arsenal as sides aiming to compete for titles. Others, like West Ham, Everton, and Southampton, are prepared to grow toward top-end competitions, while Stoke City and Leicester City hope to take the next step after relatively disappointing campaigns. What’s the top question for each team? Read on… Arsenal – This one’s easy: Forget
Arsenal are facing a defensive injury crisis ahead of the FA Cup final against Chelsea after confirmation Gabriel will miss the game at Wembley with a knee injury. The Brazilian was taken off in the final Premier League match of the campaign against Everton and is out for between six and eight weeks after suffering medial ligament damage. Laurent Koscielny is unavailable due to a three-game suspension after being sent off in the 3-1 success over the Toffees, while summer signing Shkodran Mustafi is a doubt having not trained since missing the win at The Emirates Stadium.
Sky Sports are reporting that Arsenal is in talks to sign Nigerian striker Henry Onyekuru from Belgian side KAS Eupen. The 19-year-old forward is also said to be interesting Everton, Southampton and West Bromwich Albion, but Arsenal look to have pushed ahead of their competitors. Onyekuru scored 22 goals in Belgium’s top-flight this season, making him the highest domestic scorer and the teenager’s representatives have reportedly said they’re confident he will play in England next season with the striker having a $8.8 million release clause in his contract. Arsenal have history of taking some of the most talented youngsters in Europe and turning them into first team regulars such as Theo Walcott, Hector Bellerin, Cesc Fabregas and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to name a few.