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Arsenal – Summer 2019 Transfer Analysis

Arsenal manager Unai Emery faces an extremely busy summer as he bids to build on a solid first season in charge at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners finished fifth in the Premier League and reached the final of the Europa League in 2018/19, but fans will be eager to see improvements next time around.

Arsenal’s 4-1 defeat against Chelsea in the Europa League Final exposed the weaknesses in their squad, but the result should not detract from the work Emery has done this term.

Read on as we look at potential moves the club could make during the transfer window.

Emery must be ruthless

Arsenal are priced at 28/1 with the leading bookmakers featured on to win next season’s Premier League – odds that highlight the size of the task Emery faces.

Aaron Ramsay, Danny Welbeck and Petr Cech are on their way out of the club, while Denis Suarez’s loan deal expires at the end of June.

However, with the club’s transfer budget likely to bet set at £45 million after failing to qualify for the Champions League, Emery must be ruthless to give himself more funds to work with.

Mesut Ozil, Laurent Koscielny and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are amongst numerous other players who may be sold as Emery sets about reshaping his squad.

Defence the priority

Arsenal’s defensive frailties were ruthlessly exploited by Chelsea in their European final and they desperately need quality reinforcements in this area.

Bernd Leno will be first choice goalkeeper next season, while Dynamo Dresden stopper Markus Schubert could be a useful back-up to replace Cech.

At centre-half, RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano and Getafe’s Djene Dakonam have been linked with a move to Arsenal and would be excellent additions.

Thomas Meunier (Paris Saint-Germain) and Nicolas Tagliafico (Ajax) are possibilities at full-back, although both could be out of Arsenal’s price range.

Evolution rather than revolution further forward

Emery is believed to want to strengthen in the middle of the park, with Dani Ceballos (Real Madrid) and Mario Gotze (Borussia Dortmund) amongst the players linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium.

Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes is perhaps a more realistic target, especially with the 25-year-old having gained experience in the Premier League on loan with Everton last season.

Roma winger Cengiz Under is another possible incoming, while Lyon’s Bertrand Traore has also been rumoured to be on Arsenal’s radar.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette will hopefully stay at the Emirates, leaving Emery needing to find adequate back-up with Welbeck out of the picture.

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