Arsenal are looking to sign a number six in the summer, according to David Ornstein, though he doesn’t have the specific names on their shortlist.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 06: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal reacts during the FA Cup Third Round match between Arsenal FC and Leeds United at the Emirates Stadium on January 06, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 06: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal reacts during the FA Cup Third Round match between Arsenal FC and Leeds United at the Emirates Stadium on January 06, 2020, in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Speaking on The Ornstein & Chapman Podcast, the journalist admitted he doesn’t know exactly who is on Arsenal’s summer shortlist just yet. That’s not exactly surprising, there is still a while to go until the next window.

All the same, Ornstein did reveal the club are looking to fill one position in particular. They’re looking for a number six midfielder in the upcoming window.

Again, this shouldn’t come as a surprise. Arsenal have bought a fair few midfielders in the last few years, but none have completely locked down that role in the team.

Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira are doing a good job at the moment, but they seem a little too reliant on one another. Put either of them with any other partner and the team doesn’t tend to look as cohesive.

Arsenal fans will also want to see at least one marquee signing in the backline, ideally. A number of the recent centre-back purchases have felt a bit short-term.

William Saliba is the obvious exception to that, and we’ll see what happens with Pablo Mari. Sokratis, David Luiz and Shkodran Mustafi can’t have long-term futures here though. Plus, there are fitness question marks around Rob Holding and Calum Chambers.

All the same, it’s clear just from listing the centre-backs that there are a lot on the books. I didn’t even include Konstantinos Mavropanos or any of the youth options. Arsenal need to sell first.

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