Arsenal handed £77m transfer advice as double priority made clear to Mikel Arteta

Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal, looks on during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Everton FC at Emirates Stadium on May 19, 2024 in London, England.
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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has been told the two positions he should look to strengthen in this summer's transfer window. has previously reported that the Gunners' priority is to bring in a new midfielder, however welcoming additions elsewhere is also a main aim.

With the summer window having been open for some time, Arsenal have already been linked to several players in just about every possible position. Benjamin Sesko was arguably Arteta's first concrete target before he opted to sign a new contract at RB Leipzig.

The chances of a striker being signed decreased as a result of the Sesko rejection, though links to the likes of Viktor Gyokeres and Alexander Isak remained. In defence, Riccardo Calafiori, Ferdi Kadioglu and Miguel Gutierrez have all been linked , with Arsenal potentially looking to sign a new left-back.

When asked about Arsenal transfers, former midfielder Gilberto Silva has revealed the two positions he thinks the Gunners will look to make additions in.

Speaking exclusively as part of bet365’s Copa America coverage, Silva said: “I don’t know if Arsenal are going to bring players in to compete for places but they could sign another striker and someone to compete with Zinchenko.

"There has been a lot of talk about strikers but it's not so easy to find a good striker to fit. Gabriel Jesus had a tough season with injuries and missed big games I'm sure that Edu and Arteta will work behind the scenes to make the squad stronger again and to work hard on the player they've got, but find somebody that can fit that needs to help during the season because it's a long season.”

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Jesus and Zinchenko were both signed in 2022 from Manchester City for £45million and £32million, respectively, but they could be moved on soon with Arteta and his Arsenal project seemingly moving past the duo.

Despite being brought in as marquee additions just two years ago, both players were limited to squad roles last season with Kai Havertz being preferred up top while Takehiro Tomiyasu and Jakub Kiwior filled in at left-back in the absence of Jurrien Timber.