Arsenal have suffered a disappointing season and are faced with a major improvement task this summer, where the Gunners will seek to add further quality to their squad in order to challenge for the higher honours.
The north London side suffered a major setback in January when Alexis Sanchez was prized away by Manchester United and his departure, despite the arrival of Henrikh Mkhitaryan in return, has left a major void in the Gunners’ squad.
Arsenal will look to fill that void during the summer and one man linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium is Shakhtar Donetsk ace Bernard, who has spoken up the likelihood of a transfer at the end of the season.
Speaking to reporters after the Ukrainian side were knocked out of the Champions League by Roma on Tuesday, the Brazilian said:
“This season will close a five-year cycle for me. After a turbulent start, the new coach has come in and given me more opportunities to play.”
“I’ve got nothing concrete for next season and will be considering all my options. What I have told Shakhtar however is that I will not be renewing my contract with them as I want to play for a bigger club.”
Shakhtar want to keep the 25-year-old in Ukraine but the player’s demands could force an exit, though Arsenal will have to pay a high price.