Kevin Campbell has told Edu that a striker and a right-back are needed before the August 31 deadline to complete a sufficient transfer window for Arsenal, amid exit rumours for Hector Bellerin and Eddie Nketiah.
The Gunners finally kickstarted their campaign at the third attempt as they cruised past West Brom Albion in the second round of the Carabao Cup, scoring six goals in the Hawthorns thrashing on Wednesday night.
Arsenal now face AFC Wimbledon at home in the third round of the competition.
Post-match, discussions surrounding where Arsenal need to strengthen took place on Sky Sports’ coverage of the game and former north London star Campell highlighted the two areas he wants to see the club add to before the window closes next week.
“I think there’s a few positions, holes in the squad,” Campbell said. “The right-back, definitely at the midfield knowing it’s not right especially in the middle especially against good opposition.
“A big striker and maybe a midfield attacking-wise, so not much but enough.”
Bellerin and Nketiah are two players in those positions who have been linked with departures that could free up space for other business to take place.
The latter looks the most likely of the two to exit the Emirates Stadium before the transfer season ends at this stage, with Crystal Palace reportedly interested in making a £10million swoop.
The Spanish full-back, on the other hand, is vying for a move away but the Inter Milan option has failed to materialise as of yet due to high wage demands and other factors that are putting the Serie A champions off taking a chance of the experienced defender.
A host of strikers and right-backs have been linked to making a move to Arsenal.
Former Spurs right-back Kieran Trippier has been the latest of a number of options to be touted as an attractive option to fill the position that Callum Chambers has taken up so far this season.
According to a report from The Sun, Arsenal have reignited their interest in the Atletico Madrid full-back, but are waiting on the Spanish champions to lower their asking price before going ahead with an official offer for his services.
The England defender was asked about his future earlier in the summer, while on international duty with the Three Lions, but remained coy on his situation.
He said to The Guardian: “I’ve just enjoyed the season and we’ve won the title. I’m away with England, we’re playing Denmark and I’m not focusing on my club or what is going on.
“I’m just focused on England and doing as best as I can if I play. If I don’t play, I still give 100%.”
Striker rumours have gone quiet somewhat since Tammy Abraham joined Roma in a £34m move. One of either Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang or Alexandre Lacazette would likely have to be sold to accommodate a new number nine.
football.london understands that at least two more additions could be added to the roster to complete the squad overhaul that was expected before this transfer window began.
Five signings so far have joined with the most recent recruits Martin Odegaard and Aaron Ramsdale – a £55m double swoop last week – impressing Arteta during their debuts in the 6-0 Carabo Cup second-round triumph.
Source by Football London