What they need in the summer transfer window and how likely they are to get it…

Arsenal’s priority this summer couldn’t be clearer. They may not be Europe’s biggest spenders again, but a level of investment similar to last year’s is required once again.

We are at the start of a great summer for most of the top six. We look at Manchester United first, what they need in the transfer window, and the probability that they will do so. Now it’s Arsenal’s turn…

What should be your priority this summer?
Given that they will have literally no veteran strikers left on July 1, Arsenal have no choice but to look for a goalscorer. Mikel Arteta does not need a striker, but two.

Arsenal went after a center forward in January but paid to put all their eggs in Dusan Vlahovic’s basket. Even if Eddie Nketiah accepts the best and last contract offer, with Alexandre Lacazette on the way, the Gunners cannot miss this summer. A first class hitman won’t be cheap (or including Alvaro Morata), but last summer’s outlay of nearly £150m shows Arsenal are willing to spend when necessary.

What else do they need?
Arteta explained it in general terms after Arsenal’s failure to finish in the top four.

“Now we have to start adding top quality pieces that are not necessarily 18, 19 or 20 years old. We will do whatever it takes to improve in all departments. Not only the age group, but also the quality, the leadership, the goal threat, the physical aspect of this team that we also need to improve, so there are many areas.

An experienced central midfielder will tick some of those boxes. Mohammed Elneny, who was expected to leave as a free agent, has signed a new contract which makes sense given the increased workload next summer. But Arteta needs to follow up on acquiring a true goalscoring threat, ideally two players capable of finding the net regularly, with a dynamic midfielder.

Gunners also require higher strength at depth. His last season was 45 games. Europa League semi-finalists West Ham played 11 more games. Last season’s injury issues were bad enough even with a light workload. Bukayo Saka just finished his second consecutive season of more than 3000 minutes. At some point, you need a break.

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This would be a bonus…
A side capable of playing on any side.

On the left, Arsenal have Kieran Tierney, who is one of the first names on Arteta’s squad sheet when fit. However, it is worrying that injuries have restricted the Scotland international to an average of 21 Premier League appearances per season since he arrived from Celtic. His cover, Nuno Tavares, has failed to convince anyone that he is capable of supplying for long periods. Although it is very funny…

Across the right, Arteta has a similar concern. Takehiro Tomiyasu has enjoyed a splendid first season as a striker but, like Tierney, he has had to watch too many games off the bench while the inconsistent Cedric stepped in. Tomiyasu managed 21 appearances.

How likely is it that they will do what is necessary?
Arsenal showed last summer that they can do what needs to be done. They invested around £150 million, which made them top spenders in europe.

The Gunners were decisive in the market a year ago and a similar level of focus is required once again. Player sales may dictate your final budget, but the additions of a forward and midfielder are essential regardless.

How much can it cost them?
Arsenal’s net spend last summer was around £120m. They are unlikely to be the biggest spenders on the continent again, but Arteta will struggle to get the quality and experience he wants in key positions for much less. Edu will have to deal with a similarly sized pot just to keep up with rivals, with Manchester United, Spurs and Chelsea likely to strengthen considerably.

Arsenal could get a slight discount on Man City’s £50m asking price for Gabriel Jesus as the Brazilian is a year from the end of his contract, but an elite goalscorer won’t be much cheaper than that.

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