Konoplyanka announced himself to the world when he scored an outrageous long-range equaliser against England in a World Cup qualifier last year and has kept that consistency with two Ukrainian Player of the Year awards in the past three years. He was also a key part of Ukraine’s EURO 2012 side providing three assists in the group stages before their elimination.
His form for club side Dnipro isn’t as inspiring but a move to a top European club could change that. Playing in a midfield alongside the likes of Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere would certainly bring the best out of a player and Konoplyanka is a midfielder who is currently playing on the verge of his true potential and just needs the correct nudge to fulfill it.
At only 23, he still has plenty of time to develop and Wenger is one of the best mentors to have. He wouldn’t cost an awful lot of money with a deal of around £4-6 million being enough to secure his signature and he would provide good cover in midfield.
Arsenal’s newly found wealth has seen them linked with world class talent such as Luis Suarez, Wayne Rooney and Gonzalo Higuain and although Konoplyanka doesn’t fit the hype, he would still give Arsenal a different edge. It would also get the ball rolling in the transfer market with Yaya Sanogo the solitary signing so far and he isn’t expected to make much of an impact next year.