By Graham Jones
Arsenal finished the 2019/20 season on a high by winning the FA Cup. They came from a goal behind to defeat Chelsea 2-1 and not only win a trophy for the first time since 2017 but also qualify for Europe. The fans and players would rather have qualified for the Champions League than the Europa League but it was a big moment for the club.
Not being able to offer European football next season would have hindered Arsenal’s chances of signing the players they desire ahead of the 2020/21 season. Mikel Arteta will be working hard on his transfer targets but where do Arsenal need to strengthen so they can challenge for the top four?
The centre of midfield must be a priority for Arsenal during the transfer window. Granit Xhaka Is one of the players to have benefited following the arrival of Arteta but the midfield is lacking any identity and that has been the case for some time. Young central midfielder Matteo Guendouzi fell out of favour towards the end of last season and it appears he could be on his way out of the club. Daniel Ceballos was on loan from Real Madrid during the 2019/20 campaign and Arsenal are trying to make the deal permanent.
However, even if Ceballos signs permanently at the Emirates Stadium, the central midfield area needs a boost. Atlético Madrid’s Thomas Partey has long been linked with a move to Arsenal but the lack of Champions League football seems to have put off the Ghana international. He remains a target for the club and would, without doubt improve the Arsenal midfield. Arteta will need to persuade Partey to join The Gunners but it would be well worth the effort.
Carlos Soler and Marc Roca are two additional La Liga midfielders who could bring some much needed quality to the Arsenal team. Currently playing for Valencia and Espanyol respectively, the duo impressed last season.
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There is no hiding the fact Arsenal have struggled in central defence recently. However, William Saliba has already joined the club in a €30m deal and David Luiz has agreed a new contract. So, it is unlikely Arsenal are going to spending big in the defensive department. If they do splash the cash, it is likely to be on Samuel Umtiti or Dayot Upamecano as both players have previously been linked with a move to the club.
In terms of forwards, there is plenty to like about the current group of players. However, the future of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang remains unclear and seeing the striker sign a new contract would be Arsenal’s biggest deal of the summer. They cannot afford to lose the Gabonese but if they did, Arsenal could turn to Odsonne Édouard of Celtic, a player who is proving himself in Scotland.
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