There are all the signs that this summer is going to be transformational for Arsenal. The club has had some slow years since Arsene Wenger left, and has failed to command big moves in the market, largely due to a lack of Champions League football.
Times have changed, however; this has been the most ambitious season for Arsenal under Mikel Arteta and as the season goes to the final two matches, the Gunners faithful remain in serious contention for a return to Champions League football, which is key to getting their transfer targets.
Arsenal have two games they must win. The first is against Newcastle United, then Everton. They are coming from a 3-0 whitewash at Tottenham Hotspur, which was expected, but against Newcastle, Arsenal will target a win, playing after Spurs, who beat Burnley to go fourth.
The Gunners are favorites anyway, with the odds comparison on Wincomparator granting them 1.77 at 1XBet. A lot is hinged on Arsenal winning this game, and of course, the last one, as this is what will determine who joins, and at how much.
First of all, Gabriel Jesus has emerged as a key target for the Gunners, and having worked with Mikel Arteta at Manchester City, the Brazilian would look like an easy target for the Spanish coach. He is rated at £35m and City’s acquisition of Erling Haaland may quicken his departure.
Inter Milan’s Argentina forward Lautaro Martinez has also emerged as an Arsenal target, though remains a slim possibility, with Inter determined to hold on to him, as other European giants also join the chase. Another Argentine on demand in Paulo Dybala, who has confirmed parting ways with Juventus. His name has been linked with Arsenal and it remains to be seen if the Gunners can beat the competition for the forward.
Italy seems to be a good hunting ground for Arsenal. They found Takehiro Tomiyasu at Bologna and seem to have spotted another top prospect there in Aaron Hickey, a Scottish fullback. The Gunners have already met Bologna chiefs to discuss a potential move but there are reports Arsenal are also looking elsewhere for a backup for Kieran Tierney after Nuno Tavares disappointed in his first season.
Portuguese midfielder Ruben Neves has had some frosty moments with Arsenal fans based on his comments on the Gunners, but he remains a top player that Arsenal could do with. The Wolves man is also talk of town as one of the players Arsenal may move for. With Wolves struggling, Neves has indicated he’d like to stay in the Premier League and though there’s a £70m tag on his transfer, Wolves manager Bruno Lage wants him to stay.
Leicester City’s struggles this season could see them lose a few key players in search of both better prospects and Champions League football. One such player is Youri Tielemans. The midfielder has been on Arsenal’s wish list for a while now, but it emerges that some serious competition will come from Spain in the shape of Real Madrid. It remains to be seen how this plays out.