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Arsenal told next signing they must make to avoid being ‘cut adrift’ by Tottenham, despite two standout deals

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta

The signings of Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko would not be enough for Arsenal to catch up with the work of rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the top-four race, they have been warned.

Tottenham pipped Arsenal to Champions League qualification last season, despite the Gunners being in fourth place with two games to go. It will be interesting to see how each north London side gets on next term.

Spurs have strengthened their squad significantly so far. Ivan Perisic, Fraser Forster, Yves Bissouma, Richarlison and Clement Lenglet have all joined. It is a matter of time before Djed Spence follows.

Arsenal, meanwhile, have been making their own adjustments to their squad in an attempt to keep up. The signing of Jesus from Manchester City is an exciting one; the striker could be followed by versatile former teammate Oleksandr Zinchenko.

Jesus has made an instant impact, as noted by his manager Mikel Arteta after his first two pre-season appearances. The Brazilian has scored both times he has featured so far.

Elsewhere at Arsenal this summer, there have also been the arrivals of Matt Turner, Marquinhos and Fabio Vieira. However, only Jesus represents a statement signing, according to pundit Gabby Agbonlahor.

The former Aston Villa striker feels Arsenal must do more work in the transfer market to avoid being “cut adrift”. Indeed, he has even identified the next role they need to find a new player for.

“For Arsenal it’s a big statement signing Gabriel Jesus, but still, they need more work,” Agbonlahor told talkSPORT.

“There’s talk of Zinchenko, who I think will be a great signing, a great addition. He’s versatile, but maybe they need another right-sided winger as back up to Bukayo Saka because Nicolas Pepe has not done it.

“These teams know that they need to keep improving their squad because it’s going to get harder and harder to challenge for the top four.

Arsenal must bring in ‘top, top players’

“Arsenal don’t want to be cut adrift. They want to bring in top, top players because Spurs are doing the same.

“Spurs have had a great window so it’s going to be even harder this season to get that top four.”

Arsenal have been without Champions League football since the 2016-17 season. They came close to ending their wait in recent months, but will have all that work and more to do again in the coming season.

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As usual, their main competitors for a top-four place will be Chelsea, Tottenham and Man Utd, behind title contenders Manchester City and Liverpool.

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