Arsenal want to strengthen their central defence and midfield in the summer transfer window, according to a report.
Jeremy Wilson wrote in Tuesday’s Daily Telegraph that Arsenal want to follow up the transfer of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mesut Özil’s new contract by strengthening the side in these two key areas.
Undoubtedly, the squad could use some additions in those areas.
In midfield, Francis Coquelin left for Valencia in the January transfer window, leaving just four senior options, five counting Santi Cazorla.
If Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere spend as much time injured as they usually do, that leaves only Mohamed Elneny and Granit Xhaka.
Excluding the Frenchman, Shkodran Mustafi is the only full-time centre-back at the club over the age of 23.
On the other hand, I think the club would be making a big mistake not considering the goalkeeper position this summer.
The current first team options are Petr Čech and David Ospina, neither of whom are having a great season. Both of their contracts expire in 2019, and there’s no indication they’ll extend at this stage.
The problem in midfield and defence is a lack of quality in depth, which they need to address.
In goal, however, none of our options are reliable. That’d be what I’d look at first in the upcoming window.