Arsenal will “100%” start buying players “at the beginning of the market”

All the signs are pointing to Arsenal having an extremely busy summer transfer window after having had a massive clearout of the deadwood at the club in the last two windows, and that has now been confirmed by the transfer guru Fabrizio Romano on “The Arsenal Lounge” podcast.

When asked about which positions Arsenal will be looking to strengthen this summer, he was very clear about what he expects to happen. He said: “I can guarantee you 100% that they are working on some positions in particular. Right-back, centre-back, midfielder and number 10, if Odegaard will leave, since February. So they are already talking with people, with agents and with clubs to be prepared. The market this summer will be particular, as always when we have the Euros or the World Cup, the summer will be the end of May or the start of June, they will start something and I expect Arsenal to do something at the beginning of the market,” Romano said.

“At the beginning of the market, Arsenal will be ready to do something, let’s see if it will be the right-back, the absolute priority is at right-back at the moment, that and the midfield, so I expect that at the beginning of the market they will be close to signing two players in these positions.”

As I personally do not expect to see Odegaard staying, I agree on the four positions he mentions, but I also think there will be more players than that coming in, with even more departures and some of them are likely to be some of our biggest stars to generate funds for our incoming targets.

Are you looking forward to this transfer window as much as I am?

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18 Comments

  1. Davi says:

    Centre forward rather than centre back would make more sense to me.

    1. Zeddo says:

      Bargain basement players incoming

  2. yossarian says:

    Factoring in who has been reported as likely to leave, if I think about current players that should be first choice in the team next season, it would be:

    GK
    RB – CB – Mari/Gabriel – Tierney
    Partey – CM
    Saka – ESR – Pepe
    Striker

    So that leaves GK, RB, CB, CM, and striker that needs to be addressed urgently, as well as a back-up LB. Between Chambers/Holding/Luiz maybe the other CB slot could be ok, but that still leaves 5 essential signings.

  3. Sue says:

    After last night I’m waiting for Scott Carson to be linked with us… gk 35 years of age, perfect right?! 😆

    1. PJ-SA says:

      Bit young but worth a try

        1. Swaga says:

          A sharp striker, 1 central midfielder yo join Partey n Elneny, a RB take over Bellerin’s position n a keeper… The rest are well covered.

    2. MrLucky says:

      Also not a Chelsea reject

  4. Ayan says:

    Back up for Tierney, replacement for Bellerin, strong and creative box to box midfielder, and a tall and commanding centre forward. We have enough centre back as Saliba and parably Mavrapanos is coming back

  5. hasse andersson says:

    A new Owner (Ek) and a new Manager (Rangnick/ Simeone) would mean so much more. 100% more.

  6. Oracle Collins says:

    I will not be surprised in the transfer window if we will be the last ones to do business because I don’t trust our recruitment team they have made it a traditional to drag the recruitment and this has been a bad culture for the club and it’s one of the reasons we have downgraded so much .Look at the foxes they have already started bring in players soumare, we need to bring in premier league proven or high quality players Bissouma and Andre Frank Zambo Anguissa ,Buendia,LB,RB and Matty Ryan…the rest you can add we move 🤔#Kroenkeout

  7. Son says:

    GK- If Leno leaves than we’ll have a big task to fill this position, no more stop gaps we will need a long term replacement. Andre Onana would be perfect but for his doping ban

    RB- This one is a no brainer, if we are bold and backed up enough by the board Hakimi would be first choice for me but i think the least we should do is Max Aarons.

    CM- For us to start competing again we need to do better in midfield. Yves Bissouma, De Paul, Emi Buendia or Sabitzer any of them would do for me and if we’re bold enough two in the list

    CF- If there are buyers we should cash in on Auba and Laca or one of them. If we’re bold enough Haaland(the dream striker) but if we can’t then Calvert Lewin would do.

    CAM- ESR fills the spot for me well enough so no need to spend scarce resources here.

    LB- Tierney is our long term LB(if Auba by chance is sold he should be next captain for me), we can get a backup from the researves or the youth team

  8. Ackshay says:

    The key factor this summer will be to buy smart rather than going big for established players so it doesn’t matter if the player is a free transfer or 30m as long as we get a good player in a position we need.

  9. Reggie says:

    As we have seen this last few years, its not just about buying players. Its about the right players and the right manager, thats a problem.

  10. jon fox says:

    Ad PAT, to answer tour question I WOULD beloking forward to this summers window eagerly IF we had a proper owner who cares for the club But as we do not have one, I see no REAL funds being spent We need around £300 million to transform our average squad and that will not be forthcoming, as all realists know.
    So my honest answer is NO, I am not looking forward with excitement, as more loans and freebies will once again be the priority. We will achieve little in actual cash in sales given the market since Covid.

  11. wilfred ogolla says:

    i wonder why Leno confused us to sell martinez then wants to leave

  12. Paul le'dain says:

    Yes I am hoping that we can start strenghting lots of places, as Fabrisoa said about Odegarrd leaving he’s turned round and said that he would like to put his root’s down with Arsenal if he can get away from Real Madrid, which I think we’d all prefer, as far as a right back goes l’d sooner Hector Bellerin stayed with us, if we can’t keep Odegarrd, what about making a move for Nabil Fekir he would fit the profile perfectly well!!!!!!!!

  13. Chuma Ikeazor says:

    We will always support our manager and his cohorts so long their decisions will bring about the desired results at the end of the day. Frank Lampard’s experience at Chelsea showed us that it’s much more than bringing in world class players, it’s managing them well, making them see and believe that you know what you’re doing as a manager and where the club is headed as a brand. Arteta may change the whole team and still fail so we should be careful with what we asked for sometimes, most of their decisions this season left a lot to be desired, particularly his game management decisions and oftentimes rigid stance in the face of glaring mistakes, however I wish him good luck as one could see that he has his heart set in what they’re doing and he is a good guy too. One wishes that he could try to be Mikel instead of Pep, he’s left Man city for a personal challenge and owes it to himself to make sure that the world sees him as Mikel and not Pep’s apprentice for life. Jose Maurinho biult brand Maurinho with a very youthf and ambitious fc Porto almost two decades ago and is still reaping the rewards till this day. Arteta has a chance to write his name in the annals of Arsenal Football Club as one former player who came when we were stuttering and remolded us into the brand that the world knows and salutes. Again, I wish him luck.

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