Arsenal expect signings for 4 positions

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Arsenal are expected to pursue two new full-backs, a centre-forward, and a central midfielder this summer, according to a report.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 21: Mikel Arteta, Manger of Arsenal FC is seen in the stands prior to the Premier League match between Everton FC and Arsenal FC at Goodison Park on December 21, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND: Mikel Arteta, Manger of Arsenal FC is seen in the stands prior to the Premier League match between Everton FC and Arsenal FC at Goodison Park on December 21, 2019. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

The Telegraph report that Arsenal are expected to be on the hunt for two new full-backs, another centre-forward, and a central midfielder this summer, depending on outgoings.

On the outgoings front, the likes of Alexandre Lacazette, Hector Bellerin, David Luiz, Eddie Nketiah, Mohamed Elneny, Calum Chambers, and Bernd Leno are all listed by the same outlet for possible departures.

Arsenal are obviously going to be in the market for a left-back. It’s clear they don’t want to move forward with Sead Kolasinac, after sending him on loan even though they had no alternative left-back in January. Kieran Tierney can’t play the position alone all season.

The second full-back will be a right-back, arguably a new first-choice considering they’ll be replacing Bellerin. The Spaniard looks very likely to leave as things stand.

With Lacazette and Nketiah on the list of potential outgoings, perhaps it’s no surprise Arsenal are looking at strikers as well. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be the only senior centre-forward remaining, and he hasn’t had the best season.

Of course, Arsenal have a number of young strikers coming through the ranks, with Folarin Balogun, Gabriel Martinelli, and Tyreece John-Jules waiting for their chance. So it’s going to be interesting to see what the club do with the position.

As for a midfielder, that signing is obvious. Arsenal need a new midfielder even based on the current squad, before we consider Dani Ceballos and Martin Odegaard returning to Real Madrid after their loan spells.

The Telegraph’s list seems a bit short. I’d argue Arsenal need to sign at least two midfielders this summer. They also need a goalkeeper, as the rumours of Leno’s departure would leave Runar Alex Runarsson as the club’s number one.

But as they say, it’s going to depend on outgoings. If Arsenal struggle to sell certain players, that could have a big impact on who they can afford to buy – as much from a squad-space standpoint as a financial one.