Mikel Arteta has identified two key signings for Arsenal as part of the club’s rebuild in the summer transfer window.
After a largely underwhelming first full season in charge for Mikel Arteta, Arsenal finished eighth in the Premier League and will be playing in the UEFA Conference League next season. The Gunners are in a desperate need of a revamp and restructure in several areas of the squad.
According to the Mirror, the north Londoners have shortlisted Wolverhampton Wanderer’s Ruben Neves as a potential transfer target. The signing of Thomas Partey last summer did not pan out as expected, however, Arteta believes that the former Atletico Madrid midfielder needs a better partner in the engine room to unlock his true potential. Partey has been partnered with the likes of Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny this season, however, both the holding midfielders have been sub-par.
Having said that, Ruben Neves is considered to be the ideal midfield partner alongside the Ghana international. The Portuguese international is a far more calm and composed holding midfielder than the likes of Elneny and Xhaka. He is also better on the ball and is an excellent passer from all ranges. Apart from his defensive and passing qualities, the 24-year-old is a set-piece specialist and has the knack of scoring goals from long range.
Another critical area that Mikel Arteta wants to address this summer is the frontline. Arsenal scored the least number of goals amongst the teams that finished in the top 10 of the Premier League as Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubmayeang struggled all season long to provide goals.
The Gunners desperately require a striker and have identified Yuri Alberto who plays for Internacional in the Brazilian league. The 20-year-old has scored seven goals for his side this season while mostly playing off the bench. He is considered to be one of the most promising young talents in Brazil at the moment and Arsenal could snatch him up for as little as 10 million pounds.
After an unsuccessful campaign, Arsenal should focus on signing a proven striker from across Europe rather than an upcoming talent from Brazil. The Gunners were previously linked with Real Madrid’s Luka Jovic who is a far better option than Yuri Alberto. The 23-year-old faces an uncertain future at the Spanish capital and could be offloaded by the club this summer to free up wages.
He’s not been able to find regular game time at Real due to Karim Benzema’s form, however, at the Emirates Stadium, Jovic could be a good fit. The Serbian international is a two-footed striker and is an excellent target man in the box. Arsenal have struggled to convert chances and the presence of Jovic in the box could help solve their issues. He’s also a good link-up player and alongside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe, Luka Jovic could be able to prosper and refind his past form.