Like any other club serious about being competitive at top level, Arsenal are already preparing for the summer transfer window and drafting potential targets according to the assessments of what the squad needs to become stronger. According to the Evening Standard, the Gunners have set signing two strikers and a midfielder as their top priority, with a left-sided centre-back and a right back slightly lower on the wish list.
It’s well-known that the club tried to bring in a striker and a midfielder in January, but Juventus managed to thwart their efforts on both fronts, though in different ways. The number-one target was Dusan Vlahovic, but the Serbian striker preferred to join the Old Lady. Arsenal were in talks with Juventus about bringing Arthur Melo on loan, but Juventus wanted guarantees of a permanent transfer at the end of the season for the former Barcelona midfielder.
Therefore, these tasks remain unfulfilled and the club will have another go in the summer. With Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah set to leave as free agents, the need for more than one striker is obvious. Arsenal are still interested in Alexander Isak of Real Sociedad and LOSC Lille’s Jonathan David, as well as Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Benfica’s Darwin Nunez.
As for the midfield section, Arsenal are looking at Aston Villa’s Douglas Luiz, Leicester City’s Youri Tielemans and Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Ruben Neves. Come summer, the latter two will enter the final year of their respective contracts, and there has been no report of progress regarding either potentially signing a new one.
Arteta’s team are in a good position when it comes to finishing inside the top four, sitting fourth at the moment with 48 points, one more than Manchester United in fifth and two more than West Ham in sixth, and with no less than three games in hand on both. Reaching next season’s Champions League will obviously be crucial when the summer window opens, both in terms of funds available and in terms of the pulling power of the club in the minds of the potential targets.