August 13, 2022

Arsenal’s season may have ended in the murderous disappointment of losing to Tottenham at the final hurdle, but Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu Gaspar are at least able to approach this summer with a keen conscience. what they need to solve. They need goals, especially from the centre-forward position. Last season’s top scorer there (Eddie Nketiah) scored five goals in eight starts. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was bombarded mid-season after falling victim to his manager and Alexandre Lacazette ran out of steam well before May. They remind that even $60m forwards aren’t safe, but Arsenal still need one.

Even without a top striker, Arsenal might have crossed the line if not for injuries to key players, exposing a lack of depth they believed had been hidden by a season without European football. That will change in the Europa League and the Gunners are aiming to land at least three new additions with more flexibility in the market if they can weed out some high-earning fringe players.

Arsenal goalkeeper outlook

  • Stay : Aaron Ramsdale
  • Join: Matt Turner
  • Uncertain future: Bernd Leno, Runar Alex Runarsson

Ramsdale may have faltered in the final weeks of the season but he has always been a huge success since joining from Sheffield United for what at the time was considered a high price. The England international brings a confidence on and off the ball that is contagious and has quickly forged the closest ties with Emirates Stadium. It will take a lot of performance to usurp it.

Turner comes to London thinking he can do just that. Signed on the recommendation of goalkeeping coach Iñaki Caña, the United States international will complete his transfer the week of June 20, when he is due to undergo his medical examination at London Colney. Caña and Arteta offered no guarantees but Turner will arrive as a No.2 and should get regular minutes, likely in Europa League and cup competitions. He hopes that’s enough to earn him the USMNT starting spot in Qatar.

The only potential complication in Arsenal’s plan is Leno’s future. The German is wanted by Hertha Berlin and two other Bundesliga clubs as he heads into the final year of his contract. The Gunners want more than $10m to sell Leno, but having already secured their slated No. 2 for next season gives valuable leverage to push for a big fee and may be forced to agree much less.

Ideal movements: In this position, at least Arsenal can feel their case is over. Securing a major fee for Leno, finding a new home for Alex Runarsson and a loan landing spot for the highly rated Arthur Okonkwo would make for a successful summer.

Arsenal defender outlook

  • Stay : Kieran Tierney, Ben White, Gabriel Magalhães, Rob Holding, Cédric, Takehiro Tomiyasu
  • Uncertain future: Hector Bellerin, William Saliba, Pablo Mari
  • Possibility of loan: Nuno Tavares, loyal Auston

He may never have played a game for the club he joined for nearly $35million three years ago, but it is Saliba who is the talk of the town in north London. A bumper loan spell at Marseille which saw him named Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year has boosted his value and dispelled any doubts about his willingness to contribute to Arsenal. The background music coming from all sides is heartening after a year in which every comment from the centre-back has been analyzed for its hidden meaning. Saliba wants to show fans “his true face”. Arteta says “he has to come back”.

If there is a downside, it is Saliba’s contractual situation. He’s out of contract in two years; if he can’t be tied to new terms, the 21-year-old would undoubtedly fetch a high price, with Real Madrid counted among his admirers. Gabriel is also attracting the attention of top teams but Arsenal are determined to keep the Brazilian. CBS Sports first revealed in April that they were considering an improved contract for their left centre-back..

Sources close to Bellerin, meanwhile, have confirmed that the Arsenal vice-captain is not interested in returning to the club next season after a successful year on loan at Real Betis. It is uncertain whether he will stay with the Sevilla club but he has made peace with his departure from north London. Securing a fee for a player on big wages in the final year of his contract will be a challenge for Arsenal, particularly when buying clubs are acutely aware of the priority Edu has set in paying out contracts. a string of high earners over the past few years. years. Pablo Mari would also be allowed to leave if Arsenal can find the money and the space in the squad to add a left-footed centre-back. Auston Trusty arrives from Colorado Rapids but will be loaned to Europe.

Ideal movements: Arsenal are looking for a left-back to rival Kieran Tierney, who has struggled with injuries throughout his career in London. Fellow Scot Aaron Hickey has impressed Bologna and is being watched as signing Oleksandr Zinchenko ahead of Everton would give Arteta options in midfield and left-back.

Next, and this will be a recurring theme throughout the summer, getting some money for Bellerin and Mari would be a welcome boost that would further bolster the defense. The best deal of all, however, could be a new contract for Saliba.

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Arsenal midfielder outlook

  • Stay : Thomas Partey, Martin Odegaard, Emile Smith Rowe, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Mohamed Elneny, Charlie Patino
  • Uncertain future: Granit Xhaka, Lucas Torreira, Ainsley Maitland-Niles

Elneny’s hastily-signed contract on the final day of the season gave an indication that Arsenal would likely only be looking for one new midfield body, with the Egyptian looking so impressive at the end of the season, hanging around to guide young people through the Europa League. The identity of their main target in this position is not a big surprise: Youri Tielemans of Leicester City.

Arsenal spoke to Tielemans’ representatives at the start of the year and have been front and center for him ever since; they are confident they will be able to quickly accelerate his signing once he returns from Belgium and expect to pay around $31.5 million for his services. If that has any impact that could concern Arsenal, it’s whether Granit Xhaka would then be willing to give up the first XI to make way for a new signing.

The 29-year-old has a contract until 2024, which Arsenal have the option to extend for another 12 months. Meanwhile, Roma, the club that loved him the most last summer, seem to have moved on with the signing of Nemanja Matic. Still, it’s not implausible that Xhaka is keen to leave when the sun goes down after several years of building up his reputation in north London.

If he left, he would probably follow Lucas Torreira; although Fiorentina didn’t activate the loan option in their deal with Arsenal, they are eager to bring him back. Ainsley Maitland-Niles is also available.

Ideal movements: Concluding the signing of Tielemans in time for him to play a full role in pre-season would be a welcome change at a club which wrapped up much of its summer business last year after the season had already begun . One wonders if there is a top class midfielder that could be available to them, but the time is over when they could claim a Barcelona pariah like Frenkie De Jong. Losing Xhaka wouldn’t be ideal, but if he were to leave, Zinchenko could prove to be a welcome utility option and Arteta knows that well from his time at City.

Arsenal’s prospects

  • Stay : Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli, Eddie Nketiah
  • Uncertain future: Nicolas Pepe, Reiss Nelson
  • Possibility of loan: Folarin Balogun
  • Leaving: Alexandre Lacazette

The missing piece in this Arsenal squad. They were clamoring for a top striker last season. Is Gabriel Jesus the man to solve this problem now that he has slipped down the pecking order at Manchester City? Among players with more than 2,000 minutes of football in Europe’s big five leagues over the past three seasons, only 16 players have averaged more expected goals without penalties per 90 minutes than the Brazilian’s 0.55. He always puts himself in a shooting position.

It hasn’t gone unnoticed by other clubs in Europe’s elite, but Arsenal have long been optimistic of their ability to win in a beauty contest that includes Tottenham and would also involve Real Madrid and Milan clubs. They can offer undeniable guarantees of a starting role that few others can offer. If this deal fails, there are many other irons in the fire. Several scouts and agents noted to CBS Sports how extensive Arsenal’s tracking of centre-forwards was until the final days of the 2021-22 season. Napoli’s Victor Osimhen and Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez are also on their target list.

If Champions League qualification had been secured, Arsenal’s pursuit of another striker – an all-rounder who could split time between the flanks and down the middle – would have been more aggressive. It may still be if they can find a permanent taker for Nicolas Pepe, but that’s easier said than done as no club have yet expressed interest in signing the club-record 100 millions of dollars. Reiss Nelson could also leave after a successful season on loan at Feyenoord. Sources close to the England youth international have told CBS Sports that he would like to return to the continent, preferably to a club that can offer Champions League or Europa League football.

Ideal movements: Winning the race for Jesus and swapping Pepe for a wide forward who fits better into Arteta’s plans would both be good moves, but best of all could be agreeing a new contract with Saka, who is linked to Manchester City as they enter the bottom two. years of his contract. The England international is relishing the responsibility he has at his boyhood club and has moved to Arsenal, but they will ultimately have to prove they can become a Champions League club, capable of providing the stadium where their young superstar can flourish.