Arsenal’s transfer business in the past two seasons have been rather underwhelming. While they have managed to secure some impressive signings in all areas of the pitch, they have failed to effectively replace the players they have let go in that time.
Reports have it that Arsenal is preparing to splurge in the summer, with £180 million being earmarked to strengthen the squad. Smart buys and sales will make this current Arsenal side into a title challenger in no time, as Mikel Arteta’s project at the club shows that he is just a few talents short of taking Arsenal back to their glory days.
Overlyzer takes a look at Arsenal’s transfer targets for the 2022/23 season, culling information from the list of online sportsbooks available on our platform.
Arsenal currently have Hector Bellerin, William Saliba and Pablo Mari out on loan, but their current backline is one of the best in the league since the turn of the year.
With no route back into the squad for Mari or Bellerin visible, Saliba, who is currently a core of one of the French Ligue 1’s best defences in Olympique de Marseille where he’s on loan, could help provide competition for places with Arsenal’s three centre back options.
No other defenders have been linked to Arsenal so far but the Gunners can surely challenge with the defence they have, plus Saliba.
Arsenal will be losing Matteo Guendouzi in the summer, as Marseille have agreed to sign the young Frenchman on a permanent deal after his impressive performances in the eight months he has been on loan at the club.
Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny could also be leaving in the summer, which means that the Gunners could be short of three quality midfielders. Ruben Neves is the Gunners primary target, but they will have to do battle with other clubs who are also very interested in the Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielders.
Renato Sanches is also on the Gunners’ radar, and his signing will mean competition for Martin Ødegaard. However, that competition is not what Arsenal need right now as they continue their rebuild.
Arsenal will be without strikers come 2022/23 as Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah have chosen not to renew their contracts at the Emirates.
Several targets, including Victor Osimhen, Alexander Isak, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Jonathan David are on the Gunners’ radar. However, the striker who fits the Gunners the most from their current wish list is Isak, who will not come cheap.
Jonathan David is also another who could slot in seamlessly into Arsenal’s attack, and could come cheaper than Isak. Regardless, Arsenal will need to make shrewd decisions in the summer to make sure they start the season with a striker at least, and try to sort the rest out in the winter window.