Arsenal fans suffered a nightmare last week when they saw their team give up pole position for fourth and final place in the Champions League after suffering two defeats in games they were expected to win. The Gunners were beaten 3-1 last Monday by Crystal Palace, before losing 2-1 to Brighton at the Emirates on Saturday.
The two defeats now leave Arsenal three points behind Spurs in the table, but with a match still to go. Realistically, Arsenal are still in a good position to take fourth place in the Champions League, with a number of big games to come in the coming weeks. But they will be very disappointed after their consecutive losses.
If they can secure the qualification, they will be looking to hold onto that spot for years to come with a major transfer window ahead of them this summer. Mikel Arteta has built a solid core at the club, with a number of young players for Arsenal to be excited about.
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This summer they will look to reinforce the group, with a series of possible key signings. Here are the latest players who have been linked to the club.
Álvaro Morata will join Arsenal ‘with great pleasure’
Italian outlet Corriere Dello Sport reported that Arsenal have shown interest in loaning out Juventus striker Álvaro Morata this season and could sign him at a reduced price of £30m. The Spanish striker is currently on a two-year loan with the Turin side, who have the option to sign him from Atletico, however it is understood they will not accept the option as the La Liga champions look to offload him. summer.
Arsenal were reported to have targeted him in January when looking to replace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and interest could revive in the summer. The report adds that Morata would be happy to join Arsenal and work alongside Arteta.
Gunners will ‘prioritize’ signing Ruben Neves
Sky Sports reported that Ruben Neves is a priority for Arsenal this summer as they look to continue building their young squad. The report claims that Wolves could demand up to £60m for Neves, and the Gunners will not be put off by the fee and will be looking to add the Portuguese star to their midfield.
Neves has continued to shine in his fourth year in the Premier League, drawing praise for his recent performances. He is reportedly seen as a replacement for Granit Xhaka, who is looking to leave the club this summer.
Arsenal in ‘pole position’ to sign Luka Jovic
Spanish outlet Nacional has reported that Arsenal will seek Luka Jovic from Real Madrid this summer as Aubameyang’s replacement, with the Gunners in prime position to confirm his signing. It’s been a tough few years for the Serbian striker after making big money with the Spanish giants in 2019, scoring just three league goals in 34 cameo appearances.
Jovic has previously shown his talent in the Bundesliga, scoring 29 goals for Eintracht Frankfurt, but has failed to live up to the high expectations at the Bernabéu and is comfortably behind Karim Benzema in the pecking order.
The report adds that Real are seeking around £25m, less than half of what they paid for him three years ago in what could be a bargain move.