Mikel Arteta and Gunners chief are looking to strengthen in as many as five positions this summer in a bid to get the club challenging higher up the table next season, according to reports.
After miserable form in domestic league, Mikel Arteta’s men are found themselves sit ninth position on league standings and face a first season without European football for 25 years.
Despite they delivered impressive performances in Europa League, Mikel Arteta’s men are unable to reached the final stages, as they knockout by Villarreal in semi-final stage of the competition.
As a result, boss Mikel Arteta has insisted his side needed to be ‘ruthless’ if they were to continue the rebuild at the Emirates Stadium.
And according to football.london, the Spaniard is wasting no time and has already identified targets in five positions he wants to add reinforcements ahead of next season.
The report claims Mikel Arteta will prioritise central midfield in his bid to find a long-term partner for Thomas Partey, who has endured a mixed season since joining from Atletico Madrid in last summer’s transfer window.
The reports explain in details that Brighton star Yves Bissouma, who establish himself as one of the best young midfielder in Premier League top wishlist while Sheffield United star Sander Berge seen as alternative in case Gunners unable to land the Mali box-to-box midfielder.
Bissouma could available for £40million while Sander Berge, who produced eye-catching display in middle of park for Sheffield United this season value at £35million.
Meanwhile, Arsenal set to missed out of European competitions next season and could be huge blow in term of financial to strengthen their squad.
However, the Emirates chief believed, sales of Joe Willock, Matteo Guendouzi, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Lucas Torreira and Granit Xhaka could recoup money they will used to land their top target.
The Gunners are also set to seek external solutions to strengthen their options at both left-back and right-back.
Hector Bellerin has been heavily linked with a move away from Emirates with Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona believed they’re in race to capture the signature of the right-back.
Look at the amount of big chances Max Aarons creates… pic.twitter.com/Ch7rWKgJnh— ًEllis. (@UtdEIIis) January 1, 2021
As a result, Mikel Arteta’s side are considering a move for Norwich City star Max Aarons while Tariq Lamprey, Emerson Royal and Achraf Hakimi amongst wishlist for a potential replacement of Spaniard.
The Gunners are also seeking cover for first-choice left-back Kieran Tierney, with Ryan Bertrand – who will leave Southampton at the end of the season – and Hibernian youngster Josh Doig the names mentioned.
Goalkeeper and central attacking midfield are the other two areas where Mikel Arteta will reportedly look to reinforce, but the report adds that will likely depend on the futures of Bernd Leno and Martin Odegaard.
Should Germany international Leno – who has two years left on his deal – depart, the outlet claims David Raya – the Brentford goalkeeper who they targeted last summer – will emerge as a serious contender, while current No 2 Mat Ryan is said to have impressed Arteta since joining on loan from Brighton.
Reports have meanwhile suggested Norway captain Odegaard is happy in north London, but whether Real Madrid would be keen to sanction a second loan deal and Arsenal’s ability to sign him permanently is in doubt given their limited budgets.
The Gunners have identified Norwich City playmaker Emiliano Buendia, Lyon star Houssem Aouar and Borussia Dortmund star Julian Brandt as alternative in case they unable to get the Norwegian star from Real Madrid.
The report also adds Mikel Arteta could look to strengthen up front, but with Alexandre Lacazette having reportedly been offered a one-year extension and with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Gabriel Martinelli and Folarin Balogun tied down to deals, they may stick with the options they have.
Emiliano Buendia, as i’ve said before, Arsenal should definitely be looking at. Shades of Santi Cazorla.— Bhavs (@bhavss14) January 26, 2020
The report also mentions a possible addition at centre-back, claiming David Luiz is set to leave in the summer, with Fulham’s Joachim Andersen among the potential replacements linked.
However, Dinos Mavropanos and William Saliba are set to get their chance to impress Mikel Arteta in pre-season following their loan spells at Stuttgart and Nice, leaving the centre-back situation somewhat unclear.