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Aston Villa midfielder on radar of Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta

Aston Villa midfielder on radar of Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta

A recent report has provided some insight into Arsenal’s transfer plans moving forward, with two Aston Villa stars linked with the Gunners.

Arsenal spend well

Arsenal had a fairly active 2021 summer transfer window this year, during which they brought in six senior players.

All of these players were under the age of 24 at the time of signing, and look set to represent smart business on the part of the north Londoners.

In Aaron Ramsdale, they appear to have found their new no.1 goalkeeper for years to come.

Martin Odegaard is of course an extremely creative player who still has the potential to develop further.

Sambi Lokonga also looks set for a bright future at the heart of Arsenal’s midfield, though he is still perhaps a year or so away from being ready to start week in, week out.

Elsewhere, a somewhat underappreciated signing at the time, Takehiro Tomiyasu, has already cemented himself as Arsenal’s first-choice right-back amid a string of starring displays.

Finally, Ben White is forming a great partnership with Gabriel at centre-back, whilst Nuno Tavares looks a promising young left-back who has shown signs that he could be a regular starter in a few years’ time.

However, whilst such business has looked solid thus far, it is fair to say that Arsenal are not yet the finished article, and there is still room for improvement.

Arteta wants a holding midfielder

For many, the most obvious area in need of improvement at Arsenal is up top.

Both Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah are out of contact in the summer of 2022.

Elsewhere, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been placed on the naughty step following a disciplinary breach and has since been linked with a move away from the Emirates.

This could potentially leave Arsenal without any senior strikers come the summer.

As a result, it was not at all surprising when ESPN reported this weekend that Mikel Arteta has drawn up a shortlist of strikers to replace Aubameyang.

All of Alexander Isak, Dusan Vlahovic, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Ollie Watkins are said to be of interest to the Spaniard.

It is not just up top, though, that Arteta appears to be eyeing fresh legs.

The same report from ESPN suggests that Arteta is keen on a holding midfielder, too, and has Aston Villa’s Douglas Luiz on his radar.

Could Arsenal make a double swoop for the Villa pair of Watkins and Luiz?

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 22 41 56
2 Liverpool FC 21 37 45
3 Chelsea FC 23 28 44
4 West Ham United 22 11 37
5 Tottenham Hotspur 19 4 36
6 Arsenal FC 20 8 35
7 Manchester United 21 5 35
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 20 2 31
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 21 0 29
10 Leicester City 19 -3 25
11 Crystal Palace 21 -1 24
12 Southampton FC 21 -8 24
13 Aston Villa 20 -5 23
14 Brentford FC 22 -11 23
15 Leeds United 20 -15 22
16 Everton FC 19 -10 19
17 Watford FC 19 -14 14
18 Norwich City 21 -35 13
19 Newcastle United 20 -23 12
20 Burnley FC 17 -11 11

Premier League 21/22

Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 16
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 8
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 8
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 8
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 8
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 8
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 8
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 7
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 7
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 6
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 6
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 6
Maddison, James Leicester City 6