After Edu completes the £45 million purchase of Gabriel Jesus for Arteta, Arsenal’s next objective will be to add players.
News on Arsenal transfers: As they prepare for an occupied 2022–2023 mission, the Gunners hope to strengthen their roster by making a few new additions.
It now seems as though Arsenal will be close to repeating that record this time around since Mikel Arteta wants to strengthen his squad ahead of the new season. Last year, Arsenal spent more money in the previous summer transfer window than any other Premier League side.
The Gunners had no European football to occupy their domestic calendar as the Spanish coach assembled a small group for the 2021/22 mission, but that hindered them in the latter part of the time as they targeted Champions League capability.
Takehiro Tomiyasu, Thomas Partey, and Kieran Tierney all had injuries that diminished their chances of finishing in the top four, and fierce opponents Spurs beat them to Champions League football near the end of the mission.
The Arsenals will compete in the UEFA Europa League next season, and a bigger team will be needed to handle the challenges of playing twice a week and competing in as many rivalries as would be sensible.
The state of the game at the start of the transfer window suggested that Arteta and brandishing chief Edu had a few crucial positions that needed strengthening, not the least of which was the forward line in the wake of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s departure in January and Alexandre Lacazette’s contract expiration.
In light of this, Eddie Nketiah was given a new five-year contract while the club was set to sign Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus for £45 million. The Premier League champions were happy to approve the transfer after securing the services of Erling Haaland, a force to be feared from Borussia Dortmund.
Marquinhos, a 19-year-old winger from Sao Paulo, and Fabio Vieira, a central midfielder from Porto, have both been actively acquired by Arsenal, with the latter coming at a cost of almost £34 million. Matt Turner, the goalie for the New England Revolution, is intended to be the next name announced at the Emirates entrance, but who will be needed once those arrangements have been made?
Coverage at the back is important, and talk of Arsenal signing versatile defender Lisandro Martinez from Ajax is rising. The 24-year-old international from Argentina, who usually plays as a left-sided focus defender, made an appearance for the Eredivisie squad last season.
He also substituted at left back and protected midfield, but north London would consider him more as a choice for center defense. Martinez, an accomplished player with 120 active appearances in the Netherlands, could provide a fierce rivalry with Ben White and Gabriel Magalhaes.
Raphinha, a Brazilian winger for Leeds United, has drawn a lot of interest this summer as he seeks to distance himself from Elland Road, therefore a move for him should be the next target for Arsenal. Barcelona appears to be his preferred destination at the moment, with individual terms between the club and player reportedly having already transpired, but the Catalans are unsure if they will actually accept his offer.
With the Gunners reportedly preparing to make a second offer for the winger after an original proposal – accepted to associate with £30 million plus £10 million in other goods – was kindly rejected by Leeds, Arsenal might take advantage of that and try to complete it quickly. Raphinha would fit in the Arsenal squad well and provide excellent competition for positions among the forward line. His presence might also put an end to Nicolas Pepe’s problematic three-year stint in north London.