After competing for the Premier League title this season with Manchester City, it is vital that Arsenal use the summer transfer window to strengthen key areas. This will enable us to compete for the Premier League title and on all fronts next season. We will be in the Champions League for the first time in six years, and I don’t want to take any competition lightly. We need to bolster our squad in key areas such as right back, centre back, midfield, and we also need to bring in a forward, ideally a striker. A lot of people have been advocating for a backup right winger for Bukayo Saka, but I believe we have that in Reiss Nelson. We should offer him a new contract.
My ideal transfer window would be realistic, focusing on players that we have already been linked with.
First up is Declan Rice. I believe he will cost around £90 million, potentially plus a player swap involving Eddie Nketiah. Declan Rice would elevate our midfield to another level. He’s also English, which simplifies squad management due to homegrown player rules. Additionally, his versatility, with the ability to play in various positions in midfield and defence, would be a significant asset.
The second player on my list is Ivan Fresneda. With this signing, we would gain another versatile defender who can play across the backline, adding depth to an area where we’ve struggled with rotation towards the business end of the season. Given Tomiyasu’s consistent injuries this season, he hasn’t proven to be a reliable backup, as he’s been sidelined far too often. Ivan Fresneda would help strengthen an area that we’re currently struggling with. Additionally, with Ben White performing like one of the best right backs in the Premier League, having Fresneda would add much-needed depth. I estimate his valuation to be around £20 million.
The third player I would sign is Southampton’s Romeo Lavia. In my opinion, he’s a more affordable alternative to Brighton’s Moises Caicedo, and I believe he’ll perform just as well. Considering he’s two years younger and already performing impressively in the Premier League for a side battling relegation, his prospects are very promising. He’s currently also linked to Chelsea, Manchester United, and a return to Manchester City, but the 19-year-old will certainly be a sought-after prospect in the summer. I believe £50 million could secure his services, although Manchester City has a buyback clause that they might trigger for £40 million. If they don’t exercise that option, we should definitely pursue the Belgian international. He’s already significantly ahead of Lokonga, who we currently have in our ranks.
The fourth signing I would make is centre back Marc Guehi, an England international and proven Premier League player from Crystal Palace. At just 22 years old, he would bolster our defence significantly. I acknowledge that he would likely be quite expensive, but to compete with teams like Manchester City, we need to have squad depth. Manchester City, for instance, has a £50 million defender like Laporte on the bench, which is the going rate for a quality centre half in today’s market. I suspect that’s how much it would cost us to acquire Marc from Crystal Palace, and I wouldn’t shy away from spending the necessary funds to strengthen our team. We need to be ready to compete on all fronts. Guehi would offer us cover for William Saliba in case of an injury and represents a substantial upgrade over Rob Holding.
Finally, the fifth signing would be a striker. While we’ve been linked with several other strikers in the past, my preferred choice is Brentford’s forward, Ivan Toney. I believe he has the intangibles to facilitate build-up play and get other players involved. As a key figure for Brentford, he’s shown that he can lead the line in the Premier League. Given his impressive performance for Brentford, his transfer fee will likely be steep, but in my view, this England international would be worth an £80 million transfer. He would be the crown jewel of a team full of players who have something to prove, with the work rate and character to never settle for second place. Ivan Toney is a leader, and unlike players like Lacazette, he already exudes confidence. He doesn’t need penalties or set pieces to outperform his expected goals (XG) – he’s simply clinical. To compete with Manchester City, we need a striker who can deliver 20+ league goals. If Toney can achieve that at Brentford, imagine what he could do at Arsenal.
Also Arsenal need to sell the players below so that we can buy quality players in the summer ;
– Elneny 10m
– Tierney 40m
– Rob Holding 10m
– Nicolas Pepe 25m
– Pablo Mari 6m
– Patino 20m
– Eddie swap deal
– Balogun 45m
– Tavares 30m
– Lokonga 20m
– Runarsson 5m
– Trusty 5m
Imagine we can raise at least £100m in player sales this this window
Let me know what you think of my five signings
Ivan Toney £80m
Declan Rice £90m + Eddie Nketiah
Marc Guehi £50m
Ivan Fresneda £20m
Romeo Lavia £50m