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Charlie Nicholas identifies the signings Arsenal need this summer

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Arsenal need to start splashing the cash on signing new defenders this summer, according to Charlie Nicholas.

The north London side are believed to be on the lookout for a number of new signings this summer as they look to strengthen their squad ahead of Unai Emery’s second campaign in charge at the club.

Arsenal finished in fifth place in the Premier League table and lost the Europa League final to Chelsea FC to leave them without Champions League football for another season.

The Gunners’ leaky defence has been a focal point for critics in recent years and the north London side are likely to be keen to bring in reinforcements in that area this summer.

Arsenal are not thought to have a huge transfer budget at their disposal this summer, but Nicholas wants to see the Gunners start signing some defensive players as soon as possible.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, Nicholas said: “My club Arsenal is slow again in the market, I don’t like the way they’re going about it.

“I think the manager has identified plenty of options, mainly defensive structure which is the key area.

“I think there has been little change in policy in terms of toing and froing.

“Stevie Bould I think is moving back to the Under-23s, Freddie Ljungberg’s getting promoted, there’s been little changes here and there.

“But the signs are they’re actively looking in the market. But I just hope Arsenal don’t to and fro and delay these processes.

“They’re talking about a lot of good, young defenders that they’re interested in. Arsenal need to start getting into the market.

“I’m seeing now about [Aaron] Wan-Bissaka for £50m to Manchester United – Arsenal can’t afford that, we don’t have the finances.

“We need a whole new defence, and I mean the back four. Probably if Bellerin fit then that’s fine.

“We’ve got a couple of young players to come back, Rob Holding being one of them.

“But that will be squad-orientated, we probably need three main defenders to come in. That’s going to cost the best part of £60m or £70m.”

Arsenal will be looking to break back into the top four next season as they look to try and secure their spot in the Champions League.

The Gunners ended up losing 4-1 to Chelsea FC in the Europa League final as they capitulated in the second half of the game in Baku last month.

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