‘I know for a fact’ – Two Arsenal summer priorities revealed

Arsenal are trying to sign both a number 10 and a striker this summer, as confirmed as a ‘fact’ by Ray Parlour.

The former midfielder spent a number of successful years at Highbury before we made the move to the Emirates, and has close links to the club at present, and he states he knows exactly which area of the team we are looking to strengthen.

We are believed to be closing in on the signing of Ben White at present, who will be expected to play a key role in the heart of the defence, and following the signings of Albert Sambi Lokonga and Nuno Tavares, we now look to be eyeing reinforcements in attack.

James Maddison has been linked as a potential target, although his price tag has to be a little off-putting, but Ray Parlour insists there is likely truth in our interest as he knows ‘for a fact’ that we are looking to strengthen in that area, as well as our striker role this summer.

“The problem (with Maddison) is the price tag,” Parlour told TalkSPORT(via the Mirror). “Leicester would would want top money for him and would he want to leave Leicester?

“I think they will be backed and I think Brendan Rodgers will be backed. If he needs money to strengthen and bolster the squad I think the owner will say no problem there you go you just won us the FA Cup.

“Whether Arsenal have got the money to say he’s got to be worth £60-plus million maybe more. He’s a great, great player Maddison. He’s really really improved Leicester.

“I know for a fact Arsenal are looking for a No.10 and a striker at the moment and it’s about getting value for money.

“Certainly Leicester might price him out of the market from Arsenal’s point of view and they might have to look elsewhere.”

Maddison would certainly be an exciting option to bring into the squad, but his injury record and price-tag have to make you question if we could get better, but if we are seriously considering such a move then I can only be happy that we are continuing to actively seek out players who will improve our first-team, which will surely see us bridge the gap on our rivals up the table.

Would Maddison’s signing send a warning to the top four?

Patrick

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21 Comments

  1. A J says:

    White done – official.

    1. Adiva says:

      Yeah, I just saw it now on the official site. Welcome to the family SnoW💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾

  2. A J says:

    Yes Adiva, the official site’s home page looking much better – Whites announcement, above Lokonga 🙂

    Couple more please.

    1. Gunners4life says:

      Just 1 more player and I will be happy. We need a no 10. It is just too risky to have Smith Rowe be our main playmaker. Boy has great potential but he is not ready. Isco/Coutinho to challenge Smith Rowe for 20-30M.. or get Maddison for 70M and play Rowe on the wing. Or if we are lucky we can snap Griezmann for 40M? Or maybe Messi if Barca cant sign him up properly lol.

    2. Front says:

      Maddisson signing we prove us but are we get that money for him and his injury is something to worry about… Locatelli close in joining juve and Ode isnt the ideal player we need to bridge the cap between the top teams I consider him as an option anyway not our starting xi

  3. GunneRay says:

    Great news – Welcome Ben!!

    Looks like Xhaka is now staying though too. MA has made a U-turn..😒

    1. Olaleye Mayowa says:

      The only club in for xhaka was Roma, and they wanted to underpay for a player who had an amazing Euro’s. Let him stay, and increase let him sign a new contract. But this should not mean we don’t sign another midfielder

    2. 03 gooner says:

      Guess we’re looking to finish around 8th place again ffs

  4. Captain Viera says:

    Madisson is overpriced i would suggest we go for Podence from wolves

  5. Grandad says:

    Despite his creative talent Maddison never regained top form after his injury last season.This may have been due to a lack of match fitness and the fact that he was recharging his batteries but to me he looked way off in terms of energy and creativity.I may be barking up the wrong tree but I would be very wary of contemplating buying him in the current window.If Brenden Rogers has doubts concerning his ability to regain his form, or is looking to play a 4-3-3 system ,without Maddison in the number ten role, he may not stand in his way.In any case, I would tread carefully in any negotiations concerning Maddison, find player that he was prior to his injury.

    1. jon fox says:

      Yes Grandad, Though I REALLY RATE HIM , HIS INJURY RECORD IS WORRYING. I do not see it happening, he’s simply too expensive for us!

      1. Ozziegunner says:

        Agree, Maddison overpriced and injury prone. Arsenal can buy a quality CAM and DM for the price of James Maddison and have change for a RB or back up goalkeeper.

  6. Son says:

    Bollocks, why pay so much for a no. 10 when we have ESR developing into that sort of mold(right footed CAM) and clearly in the first team plans with the squad number handed to him.

    Why not go for another option in Matin Odegaard or Mathues Pereira, the latter being an even more viable option at a decent age as well.

    It’s just plain old Arsenal with thier stupid approach to transfers,
    Buy Lacazette in the summer for €60m and buy Aubameyang in the Jenuary transfer window for about the same amount, and later get stuck with who to start up front.

    Pereira would bring a new dimension in attack from that CAM position and could also cover the flanks when needed there, and would cost a third of what Leicester would ask for Maddison.

    I tell you Leicester will gladly collect £70m from Arsenal for Maddison and spend probably £30m to replace him and still finish above us.

    1. Ozziegunner says:

      Son, do you know whether Matheus Pereira (WBA) rumoured move to Saudi Arabia has eventuated? If not would be pleased if Arsenal got him and Renato Sanchez or Yves Bissouma, two for less than the price of James Maddison.

    2. HairyBengaliballs says:

      True bro, i hate us in the transfer market fr. It just shows how clueless arteta can be

  7. 03 gooner says:

    Welcome ben white, typically reports of a xhaka contract extension but hey he might reject it anyway.

    1. Sue says:

      Just like Mustafi did 😄

  8. Declan says:

    Welcome Ben White #4 on a 5 year contract with option for another year.

  9. Kenya 003 says:

    I would rather suggest that we go for Daniel Podence from wolves, boy is a gem, cheap and PL proven

  10. Durand says:

    Why would club get a 10 with only domestic games? Partey, Xhaka, Lokogna, Elneny, Torreira, ESR, Willock.

    That’s 7 midfielders already;

    Auba, Laca, Martinelli, Nketiah, Saka, Balogun, Willian, Nelson,

    That’s 8 attacking players.

    I doubt any further incoming unless we can sell / loan Nketiah, Nelson, Willock.

    Right mess extending Xhaka and no room for adding an AM.

    Imagine getting backup LB and backup midfielder, CB White, then extend Xhaka and Bellerin and trying to sell this as “competitive” and “ambitious”

    Xhaka virtually guaranteed lock to start in midfield with Partey, yet some think we’re preparing to challenge top 6.

    I can hear excuses in December already.

    1. Can’t sack Arteta halfway through season, look at last year’s run.

    2. We’ve already spent over 150 million for Arteta and had 10 new players, give him time instead of starting over with new coach.

    1. Ozziegunner says:

      Durand, I said the same about Emery and he didn’t get the transfer funds Arteta has. Sacked when Arsenal eighth not halfway through the season.

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