Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta claims he is very clear on what kind of players need to be added to his team this summer.
Speaking to beIN Sports, the boss expressed his stance and elaborated on it by saying that some targets are on the agenda due to having an insufficient number of players for a certain role, while for others he says that sometimes, more specific players are needed to perform specific roles on the pitch.
It is widely believed that the Gunners need defensive reinforcements first and foremost, and it’s hard to argue with that. Apart from the currently injured Pablo Mari, not one of the centre-backs has shown any consistency through the season. The 26-year-old Spaniard has truly been excellent, but it is to be hoped that he won’t continue with injury issues too often in the future. Arsenal have enough problems of that kind with Rob Holding and Calum Chambers. David Luiz, Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis Papastathopoulos have all given a good performance occasionally, but they’ve also been known to produce absolute howlers.
The club are still reportedly working on keeping the services of Dani Ceballos for next season. The midfielder is set to return to Real Madrid after game against relegation battlers Watford on Sunday, and his future will then be decided. He still has three more years on his contract with the Spanish giants, and as he reportedly has no place in Zinedine Zidane’s plans, they will likely be looking to sell this time in order to raise some funds for transfers of their own.
Though Arteta doesn’t say much on the subject these days, Matteo Guendouzi is still expected to leave the club this summer due to disciplinary issues which arose in the aftermath of his clash with Brighton and Hove Albion forward Neal Maupay. On the other hand, Mesut Ozil will probably stay put as he reportedly intends to see his £350,000-per-week contract out next year.