5 Positions Arsenal Need To Address During The Summer Transfer Window

5 Positions Arsenal Need To Address During The Summer Transfer Window

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger
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Arsenal have predominantly suffered from the same frailties this season as they have for the past five seasons or so. Against the teams lower down the table, they look brilliant and the hype begins all over again. Then they meet the teams at the top of the table, and it all falls apart. Fragile defense, lack of leadership, goalkeeping errors and a lack of width all impede Arsenal's season regularly and changes must be made this summer.

5. Right-Back

Arsenal right-back Bacary Sagna
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5. Right-Back

Arsenal right-back Bacary Sagna
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It looks like right-back Bacary Sagna will be leaving Arsenal this summer. It's not official, but with the player and the club struggling to agree a new deal, it certainly looks like the Frenchman will depart after this season. Arsenal have Carl Jenkinson in reserve but will need a new, first choice right-back for next season. Beware, though; to make do with a current young backup instead would be a typical Arsene Wenger move.

4. Natural Winger

Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil celebrate and Arsenal goal
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4. Natural Winger

Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil celebrate and Arsenal goal
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Without Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Arsenal look very one paced indeed. When they do play, neither are classic wingers by any means either. Arsenal need a winger who can open up a game for them. They are too narrow, but they don't need to change that; what they need is variety. Playing central midfielders out wide is not the answer either. Play Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere in their natural positions, not out wide.

3. Goalkeeper

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny
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3. Goalkeeper

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny
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Wojciech Szczesny is a good goalkeeper most of the time. Most of the time should not be enough, though, for the very top teams. He does have a remarkable ability to mentally bounce back from errors, but if he didn't make so many errors, then that would be more remarkable. Like Arsenal, Szczesny is great whilst everybody is riding high, then when the road gets rocky, he hits a brick wall like the rest of the team.

2. Striker

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud
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2. Striker

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud
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Olivier Giroud is a good striker with a healthy goal return. Whether he is quite at the level of a team hoping to win the Premier League and the Champions League is another matter, though. One thing that isn't debatable is that Nicklas Bendtner is not at that level. Arsenal need at least one top class striker who can make the difference in the big games, against the best defenders because without those goals, they cannot win those games.

1. Defensive Midfield

Arsenal players disappointed after conceding a goal
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1. Defensive Midfield

Arsenal players disappointed after conceding a goal
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The Arsenal team is unbalanced; with attacking midfielders playing wide, orthodox midfielders playing defensive roles and wide players playing centrally, it's a mess. No wonder the better teams eat them alive on the counter attack. Arsene Wenger needs to invest in a genuine, quality defensive midfielder who can help control a game, protect the back four and stop opposition attacks before they get too dangerous. It's essential for next season.

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  • Smams_gunner

    I would say arsenal need a Right center back most of all. I love Per Mer but he can be very slow at times and players get ahead of him quickly when a through ball is passed or a counter attack is started because sagna is on the right side attacking instead of defending as well. So a right back is needed as well, even if sagna was staying i would want another right back.. he’s honestly not that great. A defensive midfielder to replace arteta but diaby and flamini would be my number 1 partnership, but since diaby can’t seem to stay fit then someone like victor wanyama or luis gustavo would be amazing. A classic winger like you said, i think we missed out on a great winger like mohammad salad who can take on players one on one without always having to run down the sideline and cross but can attack at the top of the box and work his way in. Last but not least is another striker. Giroud simply can’t score unless it’s a tap in and we need a scorer. He’s a predator but does well in holding the ball in midfield to get players to join in, I think we can either have a 442 and have giroud on top with another player like diego costa or have a 4411 or even a 41311 and have giroud play as second striker behind costa and feed the midfield and then run into the box while diet costa plays on top of the box to shoot or joins him in the middle waiting for a cross to score a goal… just some thoughts..