While it looks as if the transfer business of Arsenal is largely concluded, following three high-profile signings, we feel there is still room for improvement within the squad.
Currently, there are two positions in which Arsenal could still improve – centre-forward and left-back. While they are not weak in either of these two positions, they could certainly do better.
In this piece, we will look at players they could potentially sign in these two positions. We will be taking Arsenal’s financial situation into account – while the Gunners are hardly strapped for cash, it can be assumed that a large chunk of the budget has already been spent.
Additionally, we will explain why we think that left-back and striker are Arsenal’s weakest positions – again, they are far from in a crisis in these roles, but improvements could be made.
Who could Arsenal sign in the striker position?
Arsenal’s two current strikers, Gabriel Jesus and Eddie Nketiah, both bring plenty of energy and technical prowess to the front line – but with Champions League fixtures on the horizon, not to mention their spotty injury records, will this be enough?
Should the Gunners opt to sign an additional centre-forward, we feel they could do far worse than Chuba Akpom. As a former Arsenal academy graduate, he is already intimately familiar with the club – and with only one year left on his contract, he should be relatively affordable.
While he never looked to be anything special during his time at Arsenal, he set the world alight last season at Middlesbrough, scoring 28 goals in 40 appearances.
Who would be a good signing at left-back?
Arsenal have two left-backs currently signed to the club – Oleksandr Zinchenko and Kieran Tierney. However, with Tierney reportedly set to leave the Emirates Stadium, he should be replaced sooner rather than later.
In this position, we would point towards Carlos Augusto as a suitable candidate. Like Akpom, he too is in the final year of his contract at Monza. Furthermore, he is also a supremely talented footballer who is far too good to be mixing it up in Serie A’s midtable battle.
Last season, Augusto scored six goals and registered five assists in the league – at just 24 years of age, he is only going to get better.