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Andrea Belotti (Torino) celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Italian
Andrea Belotti (Torino) celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Italian

Arsenal have had a busy summer so far, having invested almost £90million in bolstering Mikel Arteta’s squad.

The club are making ambitious moves as they aim to build on last season’s fifth-place finish, having signed Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City, Portuguese playmaker Fabio Vieira from Porto, USA international goalkeeper Matt Turner from New England Revolution and Brazilian starlet Marquinhos from Sao Paolo.

But there are still areas in which Arsenal’s squad can be improved, both in terms of the first-choice starting line-up and extra competition for places. Having splashed the cash on the likes of Jesus and Vieira, the Gunners may have to be a bit more thrifty if they’re to make further additions this window.

With that in mind, here are five quality free agents they might consider signing.

Florian Grillitsch

Arsenal continue to eye Leicester City’s Youri Tielemans as the answer to their midfield conundrum, but there are other, cheaper, options out there.

Austria international Grillitsch, 26, is one such option, having left Hoffenheim after five years of service and over a hundred Bundesliga appearances.

A thoroughly modern defensive midfielder, Grillitsch is effective at shielding the backline, receiving the ball and advancing it up the pitch with impressive technical passing ability.

Xeka

A name that’s flown somewhat under the radar this summer, Portuguese midfielder Miguel Angelo da Silva Rocha – or Xeka, for short – could be a handy squad player.

The 27-year-old has just been released by Lille after five years of service for the club. But he made 33 appearances during their shock Ligue 1 title win in 2020-21 and even scored the match-winner as they rubbed salt into PSG’s wounds by beating them 1-0 in the French Super Cup later that summer.

We’d also like to see commentators try and wrestle with a double pivot of Xeka and Xhaka.

Andrea Belotti

Arsenal acted fast to replace the departing Alexandre Lacazette with Gabriel Jesus, while faith has been shown to Eddie Nketiah in the form of a new five-year contract.

But with a return to the Europa League and with a more hectic schedule to come, there’s an argument that Arteta’s Gunners remain a little light in attack, particularly when it comes to proven finishers.

And Belotti is a proven finisher, having scored 100 goals in 232 Serie A appearances for Torino. Arsenal had a £56million bid turned down to sign the striker back in 2017, according to the club’s sporting director Gianluca Petrachi.

The 28-year-old Italy international looks likely to remain in his home country, with Jose Mourinho’s Roma and Italian champions AC Milan reportedly eyeing up his signature, but Arsenal should be an enticing prospect for any ambitious player in their prime years.

Luis Suarez

Nine years on from their infamous £4,000,001 bid for the Uruguayan, Arsenal have a clear shot at acquiring his services.

They might’ve missed out on Suarez at the peak of his powers – a period in which he’s scored over 250 goals – but write him off at your peril. Barcelona did that and he went and scored 21 goals to fire Atletico Madrid to the La Liga title in 2020-21.

Even as he’s winding down, the 35-year-old still notched double figures for Diego Simeone’s underperforming side last term. With a point to prove and motivation to remain sharp for one last World Cup in December, Suarez could still be a valuable asset.

Faouzi Ghoulam

Given Kieran Tierney has missed almost half of Arsenal’s Premier League games since he was signed from Celtic three years ago, targeting another injury-prone left-back would certainly be a head-scratching move.

Ghoulam only made three Serie A starts for Napoli last term, and it’s been years since he enjoyed a consistent run of games, but when fit and available the 31-year-old Algeria international is a quality player. Lazio, Marseille and former club Saint-Etienne have all been linked, and they’d strike gold if they can get him back to full fitness.

It would be a considerable risk, but with Nuno Tavares struggling to convince, and no guarantees of Tierney’s availability, it’s an area Arsenal could do with bolstering.

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