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Column: Could this be what Arsenal fans will enjoy next season at the Emirates?


After a below-par start to the competition against the Czech Republic, Spain impressed as they eased past Turkey by three goals to nil on Friday night.

Two players who stole the show, especially in the first half, were Nolito and Alvaro Morata; the two combined to perfection to give Spain the lead in the 34th minute with the 29-year-old delivering the perfect assist for the Real Madrid man.

Both players are linked with a move to Arsenal this summer and if the Morata rumours are not a surprise considering that he's only 23 years old, it's Nolito who would be a surprisingly untypical Wenger signing.

If the Celta Vigo winger does finalise a move to the Emirates, it would be a transfer without any real precedent during the Frenchman's reign in North London.

He's the same age as Jamie Vardy and recent reports have been claiming that Wenger's decision to sign experienced players could mean that he will retire at the end of next season.

It makes sense, really.

When you analyse the just-ended campaign at Arsenal you simply cannot ignore the fact that they were second best to Leicester City.

So were many other teams, many will probably say, but let's not forget that Chelsea sacked their manager in December, Liverpool did the same in October, Manchester City made a terrible mistake in announcing Pep Guardiola in February and Manchester United have been struggling from day one since appointing Louis van Gaal.

The Gunners may never have a better chance to win the Premier League crown, unless Wenger opts for a change in philosophy.

In midfield the Frenchman opted for Granit Xhaka, still only 23 and with much room for improvement but he wants experience in the offensive department and both Nolito and Alvaro Morata can provide that.

The latter is still young but with plenty of experience gathered at Real Madrid first and at Juventus then. He scored in five consecutive Champions League games, becoming the first player since Alessandro Del Piero to accomplish such a remarkable achievement.

At the moment the Gunners are more focused on Leicester City's Jamie Vardy but if the deal collapses as Ray Parlour hinted last week, then maybe a move for Morata would make sense.

Same goes for Nolito. Arsenal will be short on the wings if Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain both leave the club in the summer and at the age of 20, Alex Iwobi cannot be the one to replace them.

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