Arsenal have been tipped to complete Mikel Arteta’s rebuild of the squad with four summer signings which would conclude a “remarkable” job.
Since his arrival in late 2019, the Spanish manager has overseen a considerable overhaul of playing personnel. Ageing stars have been shipped off while mostly young, promising talents have been brought in to the Emirates fold.
After five transfer windows with Arteta at the helm, the Gunners now have the most youthful squad in the Premier League.
That is going to only further in the summer. And Goal journalist Charles Watts believes it’s clear what the north London club will do.
He told his YouTube channel: “I don’t think it takes a genius to work out exactly what Arsenal are going to be doing when it comes to the summer transfer window.
“At least a couple of forwards coming in, a central midfielder and a young right-back to compete with [Takehiro] Tomiyasu.
“You kind of look at it that way, and the squad rebuild, it’s going to be pretty much complete after this summer.
“It’s been a long time coming, lots of players going out, and a fair few still to go out this summer when you look at [Alexandre] Lacazette, [Mohamed] Elneny, [Eddie] Nketiah, and then the players coming in.
“And that pretty much will complete the job in what will have been a pretty remarkable amount of time. Two and a half years.”
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Arteta is set for a busy summer, with the expected losses of captain Lacazette and striker Nketiah, who are both out of contract, needing replacements.
With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang having departed for Barcelona last month, that will leave Arsenal without a first-team striker.
Arteta’s preference of a 4-2-3-1 formation means two new faces in the position should be enough. They do still of course have youngster Folarin Balogun on their books as well.
Aside from Lacazette, the only other player in the squad aged over 30 is Cedric.
And he too could be out of the door at the end of the season. Those two departures would see the average squad age plummet further.
As well as that, Elneny will also be a free agent. It’s anticipated the 29-year-old will be replaced by a younger model, as has been the Gunners’ recruitment policy.