Arsenal are reportedly keen on strengthening three positions this summer.
With the summer transfer window fast approaching, the Gunners will be looking to enhance their squad as well as offload the deadwood ahead of next season (assuming everything goes back to normal following the Coronavirus outbreak).
And according to The Athletic (via Metro), the Arsenal board will target a centre-back, a holding midfielder and a forward, as well as listen to any offers from other clubs for existing players that they deem surplus to requirements.
There are many players in the squad that face future uncertainties at the Emirates. Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares were both signed in January on loan deals and it remains to be seen if Arteta and the board will bring them in on a permanent basis, while Shkodran Mustafi, Sokratis, Granit Xhaka, Lucas Torreira and Alexandre Lacazette all could be offloaded this summer.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future at the Emirates also remains in doubt with his contract set to expire next summer. The club and player have yet to agree on a new deal which has led to increasing speculation that the forward could be sold this summer rather than risk losing him for nothing at the end of next season – Real Madrid, Inter Milan, Barcelona and Manchester United have all been linked with the 30-year-old.
Arsenal’s transfer business this summer will depend on what happens with the players mentioned above.
However, the backline certainly needs improving from what we’ve seen this season and a forward may need to be brought in if either Aubameyang or Lacazette leave the club.
Arteta does already have several options in midfield at his disposal, but the squad could do with another creative player in this department rather than a defensive one.