Arsenal: Arteta 'needs to start making signings quickly' at the Emirates

Mikel Arteta gives instructions to his Arsenal players during a Premier League game

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta needs to ‘start making signings pretty quickly’ if he wants to ensure next season is a success at the Emirates Stadium, according to transfer insider Dean Jones.

The Gunners missed out on Champions League qualification and will have to settle for Europa League football during the 2022/23 campaign after finishing fifth in the Premier League standings.

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It is understood that Arsenal’s summer priority is to bring in a new centre forward and Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus is at the top of Arteta’s shortlist.

Everton frontman Dominic Calvert-Lewin is also on the Gunners’ radar after it became apparent that he could be allowed to leave Goodison Park this summer.

Arsenal have held talks over a move for Napoli striker Victor Osimhen, with his agent flying into London for a meeting with technical director Edu last week.

Away from the forward line, Arteta is pushing the hierarchy to make a £25million bid for Leicester City central midfielder Youri Tielemans.

Tielemans is set to enter the final 12 months of his £120,000-per-week contract at the King Power Stadium, potentially boosting Arsenal’s chances of striking a summer deal.

The north Londoners are also on the verge of signing teenage Sao Paulo star Marquinhos for £3million.

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What has Dean Jones said about the situation?

Jones believes Arsenal boss Arteta needs to improve his options and should look to secure reinforcements sooner rather than later.

The transfer insider feels the Gunners also need more squad depth after booking their place in next term’s Europa League.

Jones told GIVEMESPORT: “They’ve got to significantly improve this squad. They had no European football this season and still missed out on Champions League football.

“But that one game a week thing is gone for them now, so this squad has to be bulked up. They need to start making signings pretty quickly.”

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Could there be departures from Arsenal as well?

Two players who look certain to move onto pastures new are Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah, whose contracts expire at the end of next month.

That is a key reason why Arsenal are looking to welcome strikers to the Emirates Stadium as their departures will leave Arteta without a frontman at his disposal.

It is understood that the Gunners are looking to offload as many as seven players when the summer transfer window opens for business, with the likes of Hector Bellerin, Lucas Torreira, Bernd Leno, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Pablo Mari up for sale.

Meanwhile, Juventus have stepped up their interest in Arsenal central defender Gabriel Magalhaes.

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