Three areas Arsenal need to strengthen

July 10, 2019 by   Filed under: Arsenal FC

Arsenal have the tough task of strengthening the squad without having Champions League football to appeal to players as well as limited funds compared to their major rivals. Here are the three areas that they have to reinforce in the summer transfer window.

Central Defence

Arsenal have a weak back line, and this is the area Unai Emery has to make his top priority. Shkodran Mustafi has been poor for the past few seasons and can’t be relied upon; the mistakes he has made for Arsenal over the years suggest that the Gunners need to find a suitable replacement for him.

There is no doubt why Mustafi cannot be a back-up at Arsenal, but the Gunners simply cannot afford him to be the first-choice anymore. Laurent Koscielny also needs replacing.

The Frenchman has been an important figure for Arsenal over the years, but the 33-year-old central defender is past his prime, and his recent injury record is something that can’t be ignored.

A leaky defence was a major issue last season as they conceded 51 goals in the league, which was higher than all but two of the top half, and it stopped them from finishing in the Champions League places as they conceded 11 goals in the last five matches to pick up a measly four points.

They are 5/4 to finish in the top four next season, according to the Premier League betting markets, but to achieve this they have to invest smartly in the current window and shore up a creaky back line.

Goalkeeper

Bernd Leno was the first-choice goalkeeper at Arsenal last season, and made 32 appearances in the Premier League for the North London outfit, according to WhoScored.

The 27-year-old is talented but needs strong competition to bring the best out of him. Petr Cech has left the Gunners after a four-year spell, so they need to replace him with a promising young goalkeeper.

Leno needs to be shown that he can’t get complacent. A young goalkeeper would be ideal as they would only be limited to domestic cup competitions but are likely to settle for that for a few seasons as they try to unseat Leno as the main choice.

Right-back

Hector Bellerin is one of the best right-backs in the league when he is in top form due to the attacking threat he provides, and at the age of 24, he can only get better in the coming years.

The Spain international, though, has had serious injuries in recent years, and his form has fluctuated at times. The links with Barcelona have long gone, and it is clear that the Spanish international needs to regain some consistency in order to develop further.

The Spaniard needs competition to drive him back to his best. Carl Jenkinson is 27 years of age and given his distinct lack of progress at Arsenal, it is hard to see the English right-back making any kind of impact at the Emirates Stadium ever again.

Therefore, bringing in someone for this position, in this window, should be a priority as they need depth now that Stephan Lichtsteiner has been released. It would also allow them to sell Jenkinson as he only has one year left on his contract.

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