Arsenal’s funds may be limited without qualifying for European competition, so some targets could prove out of reach.
Here, however, we take a look at the players on the Gunners’ Dream Transfer Wish List.
A young defender who has been linked to a move to the Emirates on several occasions in recent months, Upamecano would undoubtedly improve Arsenal’s defense.
David Luiz and Shkodran Mustafi haven’t always convinced this season, and 48 Premier League goals conceded suggest there are obvious flaws at the back.
As a defensive unit, Arteta took Arsenal to the next level. But he will be fully aware of the need to bring in a more imposing central defender.
Upamecano, who is still only 21, has been a revelation for RB Leipzig. He’s excellent on the ball, able to chase away from a defense and connect in midfield. He also reads the game superbly and has a dominant set-piece presence.
The possibility of a transfer may have diminished following news Upamecano signed a new contract with the Bundesliga club, but Arsenal would likely push the boat to sign him if he were available.
The midfielder has become a problem for Arteta. This is clearly an extremely important area of the pitch for a manager who will no doubt want to instill a possession-based brand of football.
With doubts about Matteo Guendouzi and Dani Ceballos’ future, Arsenal could start to look a bit thin in the middle. Granit Xhaka has impressed lately, while Joe Willock has shown promise, but there is a clear need to grow stronger.
Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey would offer something different: the ability to muster in front of the full-backs, recycle possession and provide an anchor for the more creative players ahead of him.
It remains to be seen whether the 27-year-old’s £ 44million release clause will prove too onerous for Arsenal. This is probably the only stumbling block, as few people would dispute the arrival of a player of his quality.
Whether it’s on another loan or a permanent deal, Arsenal would love to keep Ceballos around. The Spaniard has been excellent since the restart, forming a promising partnership with Xhaka and playing with the kind of intelligence and cunning that suggests he could be a mainstay of Arteta’s midfield.
Much will depend on Real Madrid’s position and his future for Ceballos in the Spanish capital. It appears, however, that Zinedine Zidane has other priorities for his midfielder.
Arsenal’s dream would probably be to capture Ceballos and Partey this summer. It will soon become clear how realistic this is.
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Arsenal have plenty of options up front, but the addition of Grealish would add another dimension to their game in the final third.
The prospect of the 24-year-old joining Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe is exciting, even though he has been linked with a host of other top Premier League clubs.
Grealish will come at a price, given Aston Villa’s survival to relegation and reluctance to sell, but he’s the kind of player who warrants the extra investment.
Arsenal, with the addition of the players listed here, would be able to step up to the next level under Arteta, but for now that remains a dream. There is a lot of work to be done behind the scenes over the next two months at Arsenal.