Arsenal are licking their wounds after a disappointing end to the Premier League season that ended any dreams of playing Champions League football.
A fifth-place finish wasn’t a disaster by pre-season expectations, but with Mikel Arteta’s side so close to reaching the top four, there’s a distinct disappointment that the campaign is seen as a missed opportunity.
However, the Gunners have no time for self-pity as they prepare for a busy summer in the transfer market.
Arsenal are expected to have around £150m to spend on new signings this summer as they seek to close the gap with Tottenham and the rest of the English top flight.
But rather than receiving a transfer war chest, the bulk of those funds will be raised by offloading unwanted first-team players.
Up to nine first-team members could feature over the summer, meaning Arsenal’s squad could look markedly different at the start of the next term.
It’s clear where Arteta needs to strengthen with attacking areas of the pitch that are particularly light in terms of quality and quantity.
Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah are two of the players who could be called upon to move on this summer with their contracts expiring in the coming weeks.
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Given that neither will sign a new deal, signing replacements in the attacking areas will be of paramount importance.
Various attackers have been linked with the club, including Roma hitman Tammy Abraham.
The former Chelsea striker has really turned heads since his spell in Serie A where he became England’s all-time top scorer in the Italian top flight with 27 goals in all competitions.
Abraham would offer the threat of being a number nine, while Gabriel Jesus could also be seen as a more versatile option.
The Manchester City striker was used as a centre-forward under Pep Guardiola, while playing on either flank in a rather fluid forward line.
With Mikel Arteta knowing the Brazilian striker well from their time together at the Etihad Stadium, he seems like a player who could be a smart addition.
Matteo Guendouzi and Konstantinos Mavropanos have already seen their loan exits become permanent this summer, while Hector Bellerin, Lucas Torreira, Bernd Leno, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Pablo Mari are also in the running to move on to free up funds .
Some of that money will no doubt be used in central midfield.
Although Mohamed Elneny has signed a new contract with the club, Arteta will be adamant that he wants a more forward-thinking midfield option alongside Granit Xhaka.
Youri Tielemans is the player who is heavily linked with a move to the Emirates.
Leicester City appear keen to move on this summer and with the Belgian valued at £30m, he could be seen as a viable option should he be tempted by a move to north London.
With a focus on adding quality to Arteta’s ranks, these three signings could really transform the Gunners in the new campaign.
This is how Arsenal could line up next season.
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