Sky Sports insight: Which positions are Arsenal targeting?
Other than persuading Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to sign a new contract, the key area for Arsenal this summer is midfield. The Gunners are looking to recruit both a defensive midfielder and a box-to-box number eight. Frozen out since the defeat at Brighton, Matteo Guendouzi appears to be heading out of the Emirates, while Mesut Ozil’s future remains shrouded in doubt.
Arsenal will also consider signing a new centre-back if they can offload some of their fringe squad members – Sokratis, another player frozen out after the restart, is likely to depart even after Shkodran Mustafi suffered a long-term injury.
What do the stats say about Arsenal?
Aubameyang scored 22 goals and the Gunners’ captain’s goals won his side 20 points so persuading him to sign a new deal at the Emirates Stadium is paramount.
Creativity is another area Arsenal need to improve. They were only 15th in the league for shots on goal with 406, while no Arsenal player features in the top 20 in the Premier League for chances created.
The manager’s view
Mikel Arteta on defensive shortages: “We have lost Calum Chambers the week after I arrived here, we lost Pablo [Mari] as well for three months…we will have to address that.”
On signing more creative players: “That is one of the areas we can improve, but also, how important those players are will depend on the way we are going to attack, because some different teams do it differently.”
On this summer’s transfer plans: “You can see how [Liverpool] built their squad and there is no magic, you need to improve the squad with quality, quality players. And we need a bigger squad to compete in this competition. That is the challenge.”
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