Arsenal eye £93m duo as Arteta targets 4 new signings

By on February 9, 2024

According to John Cross of The Mirror, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is preparing for a busy summer transfer window, with three major departures and four players targeted for summer arrivals. Mikel Arteta wishes to shake up his squad.

It is clear that Arsenal as a squad are not where Mikel planned them to be; they have yet to become the dream team he envisioned when he took over in December 2019. The Gunners may have made progress and regained their competitive edge, but they still need to make some acquisitions to realise their full potential and become a truly dominate team.

What can we expect this summer?

According to John Cross, Mikel Arteta may not oppose the departures of Thomas Partey, who has struggled with injuries in his time with the club; Emile Smith Rowe, who is still looking for his mojo; and Eddie Nketiah, whose struggles in front of goal have been well highlighted.

If the three leave, the Gunners may make some excellent money, which will help them with their summer transfer plans. With a boosted transfer kitty from those sales, Cross says Mikel Arteta will be trying to buy at the top end and add real quality to his squad.

He believes Arteta may finally find the appropriate deputy for Bukayo Saka, with Athletic Bilbao winger Nico Williams emerging as a major target for their right wing. Williams, valued at €50 million (about £43 million) by Transfermarket, will not come cheap given that he signed a new contract last summer. In addition to Williams, they are interested in signing Wolves Pedro Neto, a Williams transfer alternative for the right-winger.

Aside from Williams and Neto, Cross highlights Arsenal’s desire to sign a top striker, acknowledging Ivan Toney as a potential target. There were indications in the winter that Brentford would have sold him for around £100 million, but that asking price could drop this summer, according to Fabrizio Romano, considering that he would be entering the final year of his contract at the GTech Stadium.

Other than Williams, Neto, and Toney, he further speaks of Arsenal’s interest in Marti Zubimendi. He claims the Gunners are certain of their interest in him but are unsure whether he wants to leave Spain, so they hope it makes sense for him to depart in the summer for a new adventure in the Premier League. Anyone interested in Zubimendi should be ready to activate his £50 million release clause, as Football London highlighted not long ago.

If Cross’s claim is correct, I believe Arsenal’s upcoming signings will propel the club forward. That being stated, who among Partey, Smith Rowe, and Eddie Nketiah do you not want to be sold? For me, I’d keep Emile Smith Rowe: What about you?