Opinion: Three summer signings that could turn Arsenal’s fortunes around, including Premier League duo

Arsenal looked clear favorites for the top four just a couple of weeks ago, but back-to-back defeats against Crystal Palace and Brighton have exposed their weaknesses and put them back in a difficult position.

It now seems clear that even if the Gunners do get that all-important Champions League place, they will probably only do so by beating some fairly weak Manchester United and Tottenham sides, and it will require a hefty transfer window to ensure they don’t get left behind. next season.

Arsenal’s biggest problems are in attack, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring almost as many goals for Barcelona as this entire Arsenal team since leaving the Emirates Stadium for Camp Nou in January.

Mikel Arteta also has serious concerns that both Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah are headed for free agency this summer, as hardly anyone is left at the club to play up front next season.

Nicolas Pepe’s lack of impact is also a big concern as the Ivory Coast international’s future is sure to be in doubt, while a midfield move to bring the club an upgrade at Granit Xhaka wouldn’t hurt either.

Here is our selection of three ideal candidates for Arsenal to strengthen this summer…

Darwin Nunez

An elite striker in the making, Darwin Nunez has been on fire for Benfica this season, and he is surely ideal for Arsenal to fix that centre-forward problem.

The Uruguayan international has scored 32 goals in 37 games in all competitions this season, and is likely to be a more realistic goal than other leading strikers at the moment, such as Erling Haaland.

See below how Fabrizio Romano has linked Arsenal with an interest in Nunez, who looks set to leave Benfica for around €80m this summer…

However, as Romano points out, there could also be interest from Manchester United, making it all the more vital that Arsenal close this deal before one of their biggest rivals seizes it.

Jarrod Bowens

As we write here, Jarrod Bowen looks like an ideal transfer target for Arsenal at the moment. The West Ham striker has enjoyed the best form of his career this season, and it looks like he still has more to offer.

The 25-year-old seems to be precisely the type of player that Liverpool have targeted with great success in recent years – someone who is proven in the Premier League, but appears to be on his way to a higher level, while currently playing for a club that would surely have to sell if a good enough offer came along.

Bowen can also operate on the wing or up front, so it would be useful to help the Gunners replace the likes of Aubameyang and Lacazette in a central position, and Pepe on the wing.

Yuri Tielemans

Youri Tielemans would be a great signing for Arsenal midfield

Finally, Youri Tielemans, one of the best all-rounders in midfield not currently at a Big Six club, looks like an absolute necessity for Arsenal in midfield.

The Belgium international has been a star for Leicester City, who have made a bit of a slip this season in challenging the Big Six as they have in recent years. This surely means that they will now have to sell another one of their stars.

Tielemans has it in for a hit like former Foxes stars like N’Golo Kante and Riyad Mahrez at a bigger club, and it’s also worth noting that he’s approaching the final year of his contract.

This is certainly an ideal signing for Arsenal and a perfectly realistic target to bring in without spending crazy money.

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