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Where could Arteta and Arsenal be looking to strengthen this summer?

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While Arsenal might have managed to land a morale boost thanks to their 3-1 win against West Brom on Sunday night, it does not cover what has been a hugely frustrating campaign in North London.

Crashing out of the Europa League at the hands of Spanish outfit Villarreal last week, The Gunners find themselves on the verge of missing out on a European finish for the first time in 25 years.

With the pressure firmly on Mikel Arteta’s position at the Emirates, speculation has already begun regarding where the former Premier League champions should be looking to strengthen this summer.

With The Sun reporting over the weekend that Arteta is expected to be handed funds when the window reopens, we have taken a look at who could be on Arsenal’s summer wishlist.

Yves Bissouma

Although Brighton might have managed to all but secure their Premier League status for another season, it appears that one of their stars already has one eye on making the move away from the Amex this summer.

Enjoying what has been a standout campaign on the South Coast, it was reported by The Times on Sunday that Yves Bissouma has asked to be allowed to leave Brighton come the end of the season.

Gaining a long list of admirers from across Europe this year, the 24-year-old isn’t expected to be short of options this summer, that’s if The Seagulls allow him to leave.

Along with the likes of Marseille, Manchester City and Liverpool, The Times have suggested that Arsenal have also reached out to Brighton about the possibility of making a move when the window reopens.

Certainly a player that can offer The Gunners some much-needed midfield steel, The Daily Express reported over the weekend that Arsenal currently sit in pole position to clinch a potential £30million deal.

Max Aarons

With many around North London believing that long-term right-back Hector Bellerin will be ending his eight-year stay come the end of the season, there is no doubt that Arsenal will be on the lookout for defensive reinforcements.

While The Gunners might have endured a worrying Premier League run this season, Norwich managed to book their immediate top-flight return in an eye-catching fashion.

Romping their way to the Championship title, England U21 international Max Aaron has played a vital role in Daniel Farke’s side this year and is reportedly firmly on Arsenal’s wishlist.

Earning a spot in the Championship’s Team of The Year, 90min reported last week that Arteta has identified the 21-year-old as Bellerin’s long-term replacement, even if Norwich values their starlet at around £30million.

Previously linked with a shock move to Spanish giants Barcelona before the 2020/21 campaign got underway, Aarons has also been scouted by the likes of Manchester City, Everton, West Ham, Crystal Palace and Leicester.

Julian Brandt

With it looking likely that Real Madrid loanee Martin Odegaard will be heading back to Spain at the end of the season, there is no doubt that Arsenal will be desperate to bring in another playmaker this summer.

Looking to add some competition for starlet Emile Smith Rowe, one viable option for The Gunners this summer could be Borussia Dortmund’s midfielder, Julian Brandt.

Watching the red-hot Jude Bellingham make an immediate impact since moving to rural Germany, the 25-year-old has found opportunities hard to come by during the second-half of the campaign.

In a real battle to make sure they secure Champions League football for next season, BILD reported last week that Arsenal are ‘digging hard’ for Brandt and Dortmund would be open to striking a deal with the Premier League outfit.

Already open to taking a £4million hit in order to get the German ace off of their books, it has been suggested that Arteta is a huge admirer of the former Bayer Leverkusen man.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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