Other than persuading Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to sign a new contract, the key area for Arsenal this summer is midfield. The Gunners are looking to recruit both a defensive midfielder and a box-to-box number eight. Frozen out since the defeat at Brighton, Matteo Guendouzi appears to be heading out of the Emirates, while Mesut Ozil's future remains shrouded in doubt.
Mikel Arteta on defensive shortages: "We have lost Calum Chambers the week after I arrived here, we lost Pablo [Mari] as well for three months...we will have to address that."
On signing more creative players: "That is one of the areas we can improve, but also, how important those players are will depend on the way we are going to attack, because some different teams do it differently."
On this summer's transfer plans: "You can see how [Liverpool] built their squad and there is no magic, you need to improve the squad with quality, quality players. And we need a bigger squad to compete in this competition. That is the challenge."
Sky Sports' Charlie Nicholas: "This has been a tough test for Mikel Arteta, but I think Arsenal have realised they have got to go all out and sort the defence out. If the defence is sorted, they can start moving up the table. Some players need moving out of the door, Mesut Ozil, Sokratis, Shkodran Mustafi - these players have to move on, and Arsenal need to freshen things up.
"The defence is key to the rebuild, they have been rebuilding for seven, eight years, this period in particular has been awful for Arsenal fans, but I think Arteta knows the right path to take."
Sky Sports News' Kaveh Solhekol: "Mikel Arteta has made a promising start but he needs major backing in the transfer market from the owner. He's changed the culture at Arsenal and made progress on and off the pitch. Arsenal are a good team but to be a great team again, they need to spend to close gap to the top sides."
Following their final-day escape from relegation, Dean Smith is looking to strengthen in a number of areas during the summer. Significant funds are available for a centre-forward and possibly for a winger as well.
Much depends on the future of Jack Grealish, but Villa are also in the market for a defensive centre-midfielder, a right-back and a back-up left-back.
And if Tyrone Mings leaves, a replacement left-sided centre-back will be sought.
Sky Sports News' Rob Dorsett: "There will be money to spend on the squad further in this transfer window. The club don't want to sell Jack Grealish but they will if a big money offer comes in for him so they're feeling pretty secure and relaxed about it right now. They've got a bit of time because the window doesn't close until October to get the players in that they need and want.
"I think they need to strengthen down the spine of the Aston Villa team, they certainly need another striker and another number eight if you like, a box-to-box midfield player and probably a centre back as well and we don't know about Pepe Reina's future either. The list can go on and on, even though they spent £140m last summer."
Sky Sports' Gerard Brand: "I think the first priority in the window will be the wide players. Anwar El-Ghazi has been average at best and Trezeguet, although he has had a purple patch of vital goals since the restart, I don't believe he has the quality to be a regular Premier League starter.
"After the wingers, it's the strikers situation. I don't think any Villa fans will want to see Wesley, Ally Samatta or Keinan Davis as their starting striker next season. Thirdly, it's a central midfielder and this has been switched a lot during the season. It tends to be Conor Hourihane or Marvelous Nakamba battling it out for the spot next to Douglas Luiz and John McGinn." ราคาบอล
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