Fabrizio Romano reveals next two positions Arsenal will strengthen after Trossard signing, as ‘open race’ forms for one target

Arsenal technical director Edu during the Premier League match at Vicarage Road, Watford

Arsenal could invest in two other positions after bringing in Leandro Trossard, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.

Trossard is due to become Arsenal’s first signing of the January transfer window. His arrival from Brighton will add another element to their title-pursuing squad. Able to play as a winger or more centrally, the Belgian could add some vital experience at the Emirates Stadium.

But he might not be the only addition Arsenal make this month. They will need to ensure they have enough depth across the pitch to maintain their strong form.

And now, transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has revealed where else they might invest.

According to the reporter, Arsenal are firmly in the “open race” for Spanish right-back Ivan Fresneda as they consider a change of personnel there.

Romano said on his YouTube channel: “Arsenal, keep an eye on the right-back situation. We know that Fulham are interested in Cedric Soares, so let’s see if Arsenal will decide to do something in that position.

“They appreciate Ivan Fresneda of Valladolid but also many other clubs, including Newcastle, including Juventus, including Wolves. So it’s an open race for talented right-back Fresneda.

“Let’s see what Arsenal decide to do in that position.”

Arsenal aiming to add to midfield too

As well as potentially evolving their full-back options, Arsenal could invest in a midfielder if the right opportunity arises.

They are currently reliant on Granit Xhaka and Thomas Partey at the base of their midfield. It has become another of their priority positions, according to recent reports, and Romano agrees they could have a look at it.

He added: “Also, for a midfielder, there could be some opportunities. But for now the priority for Arsenal was a new attacking player and will be Trossard.

“But Arsenal will keep an eye on the market in the final days. Let’s see if right-back, midfielder, what kind of opportunities they will find on the market.”

Arsenal have until 11pm on January 31 to strengthen their squad, before they have to wait until the summer for any further additions.

They will have to get the balance right of bringing in fresh faces who can contribute for them, and not making too many changes to disrupt a team that is performing well.

But it makes sense to be looking at a right-back if Cedric is going to move on. After all, the Portugal international has not played much this season. So, not only would it make sense for Arsenal to find an upgrade, but it would also be fair on the player himself.

Bolstering their midfield might be more of a long-term task. Their recruitment has generally been good in recent years, so they will be hoping to find someone suitable, however long it takes.

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