Further targets revealed as Arsenal begin plans for another summer recruitment drive

Links continue to suggest the Gunners will move for West Ham United’s Declan Rice, but growing interest in a number of other targets suggests Arsenal are preparing to aggressively tackle the summer transfer window

Arsenal’s close-run 2022-23 Premier League campaign under Mikel Arteta may or may not end in a first league win in nearly twenty years, but one thing is unquestionably clear; the Gunners are once again truly on the up across the European football landscape.

With an impending return to the Champions League after a six-season hiatus, both Arteta and club technical director Edu Gaspar has clear plans to persist in their efforts to add further quality across the senior squad as the next phase of the rebuilding project in north London is set to take place.

Persistent links with a likely move for West Ham United and England star Declan Rice remain, but further names have been added to a shortlist of key targets that Arsenal look set to turn to in order to give themselves the best chance of once again keeping pace with Manchester City and ahead of other domestic rivals.

Per Mail Sports’ Sami Mokbel, the Gunners have added Bayer Leverkusen star Moussa Diaby to their list of primary summer targets after the 23-year-old French international continues his progression into one of the most gifted wingers in the Bundesliga under Xabi Alonso.

Diaby, a graduate of Paris Saint-Germian’s vaunted academy setup, presents a versatile profile for a winger capable of being deployed effectively equally on either flank while being able to both directly contribute goals as well as turning provider. He would certainly add the type of quality in the forward line that is commensurate with a club looking to challenge on all fronts.

Other names have also emerged recently, including Southampton’s Belgian starlet Roméo Lavia, Crystal Palace talisman Wilfried Zaha and club mate Marc Guéhi, as well as Ajax Amsterdam’s Mohammed Kudus, and Chelsea’s Mason Mount.

With Arsenal set to target center-back, central midfield, and the forward line at the very least, a lack of depth in key areas this season that played a role in the club’s inability to make a deeper run in the Europa League or sustain themselves at the top of the table is set to be remedied.

And with the incoming revenue from finally making it back into Europe’s premier club competition, Arsenal could be looking at a summer where the club is capable of spending up to £200m to reload the chamber while preparing for another serious push in 2023-24.

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Andrew Thompson

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