Mikel Arteta identifies three new Arsenal signings after Thomas Partey deal

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was happy with his side’s transfer business this summer but remains keen to strengthen with the addition of at least two players in January.

The Gunners signed promising Brazilian centre-back Gabriel, Chelsea winger Willian and Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey in the summer transfer window.

The club spent £67.5million but recouped £20m through the sale of Emi Martinez to Aston Villa, while they also tied Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang down to a new long-term deal.

With such strong financial limitations on Arteta this summer, the Spaniard still has areas of his squad which he wants to strengthen in the short-term.

According to Football.London, Arteta wants to sign a back-up centre forward and a flexible forward that could play across the front.

Red Bull Salzburg Dominik Szoboszlai has been watched by the club for over a year and though he predominantly plays on the left flank he can play centrally, which appeals to Arsenal.

While scouting the Hungarian, Arsenal discovered striker Patson Daka.

The Zambian replaced Erling Haaland at the Austrian club and he’s caught the eye by scoring 38 goals and providing 16 assists in 52 appearances for the club.

Arteta was open to selling Alexandre Lacazette last summer, wary that the Frenchman could fetch a decent figure in the market compared to much of the Arsenal squad.

Eddie Nketiah has provided good competition for Lacazette but Arteta wants another back-up.

Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard has caught the eye of clubs across Europe but the Bhoys’ £30m price tag has put suitors off in a pandemic-affected transfer market.

The Frenchman is open to leaving Parkhead but the Bhoys drive a hard bargain, as Arsenal discovered in their negotiations for Kieran Tierney in 2019.

It’s likely that Arteta would have to sell again in January if he wants to make additional signings, otherwise the Spaniard will have to wait until the end of the season before the club bolster his budget again.

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