Arsenal transfer round-up: The Gunners delivered a double whammy as Mikel Arteta sent a warning

Arsenal spent £160million last summer and are expected to reinvest significantly in their squad after narrowly missing out on Champions League qualification

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Mikel Arteta is in for another great summer after making strides with his Arsenal side last season – only for it to end on a note of regret.

The failure to qualify for the Champions League has slightly dampened the Gunners boss’ hopes of a successful transfer window, although plenty of deals are expected in the Emirates.

A new striker is essential for Arsenal after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was sacked in the summer, while Alexandre Lacazette could also leave, although Eddie Nketiah is expected to stay. Meanwhile, reinforcements would be welcome in the backbone of Arsenal’s squad while Arteta must figure out which of his fringe figures are staying or going – including William Saliba.

Here are the latest Arsenal transfer rumors and updates.

Merson sends Arteta a warning

Arsenal legend Paul Merson has told Mikel Arteta to get smarter in the transfer market and add some senior professionals to his squad.

Arteta sanctioned more than £160m in transfers as part of an Arsenal squad overhaul last summer when a number of talented youngsters came through the door including Aaron Ramsdale and Ben White. Now Merson wants to see the youth dovetail with experience with more additions ahead of next season.

Mikel Arteta has been warned he needs another successful window in the transfer market


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“Elite managers just have a little more know-how,” he wrote for the Daily Star. “Conte got rid of players they signed for big money and he brought in great players. Dejan Kulusevski. Wow. That’s why he’s an elite manager. And Arteta could one day be too – but he needs another good window to start with right now.

“I think the next players Arsenal buy will have to be experienced professionals, ideally 28 or 29 years old. You need experience in a team. They have a truckload of promising youngsters, but they froze when it mattered. You need to gain experience in the team.

“Gabriel Jesus would be a good fit. He’s only 25 but he ticks all the boxes because he scores, Arteta knows him and he has experience of winning trophies with Manchester City. It’s okay to have young players, but the problem is that one minute they’re up there and the next minute they’re down.”

Gunners face competition from Neves

Arsenal are in a three-way battle for Wolves’ Ruben Neves


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Arsenal must step up their pursuit of Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves if he wants to join the Emirates before next season.

The Portuguese star admitted at the end of last season his time at Molineux may be up after attracting interest from Premier League clubs and beyond. Mikel Arteta is an admirer of the 25-year-old, but so is new Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag, as well as Barcelona.

But according to The Sun, it’s United who could be the stiffest competition for Neves’ signing, with Ten Hag reportedly already giving club chiefs the green light to bid for his services.

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Spores line up twice

Tottenham are eyeing a move for Leicester’s Youri Tielemans with the lure of Champions League football


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Arteta’s summer plans could be immediately hampered by north London rivals Tottenham.

Spurs edged the Gunners to fourth in the final games of the season and are now boasting the lure of Champions League football in the summer transfer market. That could prove crucial in the negotiations, especially with Antonio Conte eyeing two targets on Arteta’s shortlist via Football London, according to ESPN.

Middlesbrough’s Djed Spence has performed well this season on loan at Nottingham Forest and is now on the radar of both Spurs and Arsenal. So does Leicester’s Youri Tielemans, whom the Foxes are set to lose before his contract expires next year.

In the case of Tielemans, the Belgian has already made it clear that the prospect of playing in the Champions League would prove to be a big carrot for any clubs looking to sign him in the coming months.

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