Arsenal Debate: If Arsenal could only make one top signing this summer, which position would you cover?

Hello, Gooners. I’d like to ask you an intriguing question. As Arsenal have made some massive investments in the last two summers, it may be that we may have to be a bit more conservative in our spending in this transfer window, so if it was the case that Arsenal could only make one big-name signing this summer, which position would you prefer that Arteta and Edu reinforce?

Personally, I would go with No. 6. We dominated games, and we were always guaranteed wins in the last few league games of the season, when Thomas Partey (in the last few games of the season) or even Jorginho started as No. 6 with Declan Rice and Martin Odegaard as No. 8 and 10.

. It’s just that our situation was tricky after losing to Aston Villa in April – Man City were the ones who had to drop points for us to win the league. For sure, if Arsenal had needed not to drop points in the last six games to win the league, I believe we would have won it.

Having said that, the majority of our signings this summer are likely to be backups. Even if we have to reinforce the attack, Gabriel Martinelli, Kai Havertz, and Bukayo Saka will undoubtedly be the first choices, with Jesus and Trossard as reliable fillers.
In defence, we already have the best.
David Raya will start in goal, with Ben White, William Saliba, Gabriel Magalhaes, and Takehiro Tomiyasu (or Jurrien Timber) in defence, with Zinchenko also in the mix.
However, there is still a position available in midfield. Arteta only needs a new recruit to complete his midfield engine, which currently includes Rice and Odegaard.
Rice is more influential in an 8 role, so I’d prioritise recruiting someone as talented as Partey to play the 6 role if Thomas yet again misses many games this season.
If I only had to make one big-money signing, I would definitely choose a top defensive midfielder.
Which position do you think is the most important to cover this summer?
Peter Rix


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  1. A top class striker,is a MUST….Impossible to contenplate winning the league with Havertz,and Eddie as back up…

  2. defensive midfield without a doubt

    or #6 to ensure no misunderstanding

    Elneny gone, Partey going and Jorginho can’t play 90 minutes every week

    Rice is now established as a more progressive #8

    so at #6 we are very short, absolutely need 1 added this window, and second preferably to ease in while Jorginho eased out

    JA is desperate for a striker, but Arsenal just set a new record for most goals scored in a PL season, while i agree Arsenal could do with a bit more goal scoring depth in the squad, a new striker is not a die in the ditch imperative judging by goals scored (a decent indicator most would admit)

    weakness at #6 costs us the title more than a new striker win us the title – in my opinion

    1. Agree – new striker would help, but if we can only sign one player, it has to be a DM. In fact, I can’t see us being too competitive next season without one.

  3. If Arsenal was to sign just one player, they should look no further than real Madrid Eduardo Camavinga.

    It is widely believed a bold bid of £94 mill could do the trick.

    A left back, defensive midfielder, a powerful midfield general if you ask me.

  4. Striker for me.whats that saying,you’re only as good as you strikers.for me the big difference between citeh and us is they have a goal scorer and we don’t.if haarland played for us we would have won title last season

  5. For me, the most important position is central midfield. Depending on where Rice would be playing consistently, we should buy a player either in the no.8 or no.6 position. The striker position could be looked onto at a later stage whilst we can use Havertz, Jesus and Trossard in the no.9 position. Having a strong midfield always drives a team forward whilst at the same time being defensively sound.

  6. Like the current England international side we need a quality left footed left back to bring a semblance of balance to our team.Without such a player we will never fire on all cylinders regardless of the system employed by the Manager.Having a left side of entirely right footers limits the ability to create space and cross the ball from the left on the run.By having to cut back on to their stronger foot defences have time to regroup hence the lack of chances created on the left from Arsenal and indeed England.A player like Camavinga or Mendes of Portugal would certainly fit the bill for Arsenal.

  7. On the issue of left footers I am delighted to learn of Arteta’s apparent interest in Mikel Merino of Real Sociedad who is in the Spanish squad in the Euros.He is very similar to Granite Xhaka but a bit quicker over the ground.Although he is 28, he could be obtainable for around 25/30m as his contract expires next year.

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