Arsenal are a club in dire need of a some serious surgery across their squad this summer. Having slipped to fifth place in the league and then bottling the Europa League final in Baku, many of Arsenal’s frailties were exposed during the final month of the season. However, with July fast approaching, Arsenal are yet to pull the trigger, despite the serious need for new signings. Let’s look at the most likely candidates to join the club this Summer…
Arsenal’s defensive fragility has practically hit meme-status and many Arsenal fans are begging the club to ship off the likes of Shkodran Mustafi (£0.37). Laurent Koscielny (£0.45) and Nacho Monreal (£0.42) both offer solid experience, but there are question marks over their ability to play across an entire season. As such, defensive reinforcements are Arsenal’s number one priority.
Arsenal have already had a bid rejected for Celtic left back Kieran Tierney (£1.30) and it appears the Scottish champions are holding out for a fee over the £20million mark. Tierney was available for as little as £0.80 just one month ago and although he has dropped 10p in the past 24 hours, Arsenal’s interest appears concrete at this stage. Tierney is very highly rated amongst the Celtic faithful and his potential arrival would surely cast doubt over Saed Kolasinac’s (£0.35) long term future at the club.
William Saliba (£1.25) has followed a very similar trajectory to Tierney over the past month and he is another young talent who appears to be receiving serious interest from the Gunners. Saliba had a breakout season with St. Etienne last year and impressed during his 16 games for the club. It seems that St. Etienne want any deal for Saliba to include a loan back to the club and this would no doubt be better for Saliba’s development long term, but it wouldn’t exactly solve Arsenal’s immediate need for a central defender. With Tottenham also in the mix for Saliba, Arsenal will have to act quickly or risk losing out to their bitter rivals.
In midfield, things seem to have gone quiet on the Yannick Carrasco front. The Belgian reached highs of £1.28 earlier this month, but has since dipped to £1.01 as of time of writing. This is likely due to the current dispute between the player and his club Dalian Yifang, with both parties seemingly at loggerheads at the moment. The dispute looks a little messy at this moment of time and Arsenal will be unlikely to muddy the waters further until the situation is resolved.
Still, maybe Arsenal have found an internal solution to the need for a winger in Reiss Nelson (£2.22). The England U21 star is making waves on the Index at the moment and he’s up 16p over the past week. Having scored for England U21’s in their match against Croatia, Nelson will be hoping to build on a successful loan spell in Germany. It seems that both Arsenal fans and traders alike are very excited at the prospect of seeing Nelson in action next season.
With Arsenal’s new Adidas kit deal officially launching from July 1st, many Arsenal fans are anticipating that this date may be the trigger in which Arsenal then begin rolling out their much-needed transfer business. With less than a week to go until this time, perhaps Arsenal fans won’t have much longer to wait for the Gunners to finally pull the transfer trigger.