Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta will have more than £150m at his disposal this summer, a combination of club funds and sales, as he seeks to strengthen his squad for another Premier League title challenge. Arteta’s top priority is acquiring a midfielder and West Ham United’s Declan Rice is the main target. The manager is also looking to sign a forward who can move into the centre and a defender. Arsenal is open to listening to offers for Kieran Tierney, Reiss Nelson, Falorin Balogun, Nuno Tavares, and Nicolas Pepe.
This season’s title challenge has given Arteta further insight into where the team is short, despite pushing themselves to their limit. The team’s ability to adapt to certain absences, as well as William Saliba’s recent injury, proved crucial.
The club has been able to attract a much higher level of potential signing in recent months, with executives noting the contrast to even two years ago. Arsenal struggled to attract lower-profile targets then, but now representatives of players in the highest bracket are coming to them. The club’s return to the Champions League next season has been a great help, as well as their image as one of the most exciting teams in Europe.
Arsenal’s approach to signing players will still be highly strategic, and they will not spend large sums for the sake of it. While Rice is a key target, the club may also consider Brighton’s Moises Caicedo, Bayer Leverkusen’s Moussa Diaby, and Crystal Palace’s Marc Guehi.