Arsenal boss Arteta can get Man City revenge next season with four signings

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta reviews the Brighton game

Arsenal came desperately close to securing their first Premier League title in nine years this season only to self-implode down the home straight. A 3-0 loss to Brighton on Sunday has surely secured their fate in a season full of ups and downs.

But for the youngest squad in the Premier League, there are more than a few promising signs going forward. And with some effective recruitment in the summer, the Gunners could go one better and topple reigning champions Manchester City from their perch.

Arsenal are expected to spend big ahead of the upcoming campaign with a healthy cash injection from gaining Champions League qualification. Meanwhile, Mikel Arteta has proved he absolutely must be backed and deserves some big signings in the summer.

Here, Express Sport looks at the four players Arsenal must bring in if they hope to challenge City for the title next season…

Declan Rice

Declan Rice is understood to be on top of Arteta’s summer wish list and would add much-needed depth to the defensive midfield role. He is also fantastic on the ball and could slot in further up the pitch to rival Granit Xhaka.

The England international is almost certainly leaving West Ham in the summer after the Hammers’ abysmal campaign and Arsenal are the favourites to scoop him up. Valued at £100m, Rice comes with a hefty price tag but in this current market, he proves to be a worthwhile investment.

His stats in terms of pass completion (89.85 per cent), challenges won (87.8 per cent) and interceptions per 90 minutes (3.63) are among the best in the league and provide healthy competition for Thomas Partey.

Moises Caicedo

Caicedo can also play in defensive midfield but has thrived in the box-to-box role for Brighton this season. Arsenal need more bodies in that area with Xhaka playing virtually unrivalled all year.

The Ecuadorian has proved himself to be hugely influential both defensively and offensively this season and has some incredibly impressive stats that show how important he has been to the Seagull’s stellar run.

According to Soccerment, Caicedo ranks among the top 10 midfielders in terms of interceptions, passing accuracy, progressive passes, successful long passes, successful short passes and expected threat from passes.

Arsenal tried to sign the 21-year-old in January but had bids of £60m and £70m rejected for the player. However, The north London side haven’t been dissuaded and are believed to be mounting another approach for him in the summer.

Fikayo Tomori

The absence of William Saliba in recent weeks has been felt and highlights the lack of depth at centre back. Rob Holding is simply not good enough to be playing regular football at the Emirates while Jakub Kiwior, although promising, is not the full package yet.

Arsenal have been linked to a move for AC Milan’s Fikayo Tomori and, if possible, would be a no-brainer. Tomori could be tempted by a switch to the Premier League in order to boost his chances of starting every match for England and would be a quality additive to the Arsenal back line.

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Ferland Mendy

With Kieran Tierney looking increasingly likely to depart in the summer, Arsenal need a new left-back to challenge Oleksandr Zinchenko and there are few better available on the market right now than Ferland Mendy. Real Madrid are looking to clear out their squad to make way for new signings and have given Mendy permission to speak to other clubs.

The French international could be available for as cheap as £17.5m and would perfectly fit into Arsenal’s style of football having played as an inverted full-back for Los Blancos with plenty of tactical familiarity in using underlaps as a form of penetration, something Arteta is a great advocate for.

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