Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta tipped to make two signings as Aubameyang statement made

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has been tipped to sign a new centre-back and another midfielder now the transfer window is open. The Gunners beat Chelsea 2-1 in the FA Cup final on Saturday evening, which also booked their place in the Europa League for next season.

Being in the Europa League will boost Arteta’s transfer kitty.

While Arsenal are hoping to keep Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who netted a brace in their FA Cup final success, Arteta is keen to bring in fresh faces to push for the top four next season.

And former Premier League star Danny Murphy says Arteta needs a centre-back and a new midfielder.

He wrote in his Mail column: “Arteta is a winner and what he has done at Arsenal in a short space of time is remarkable.

“He still needs to add at least one centre-half and possibly another midfield player to take this team to the next level but the first priority has to be keeping what he has, as Jurgen Klopp did at Liverpool last summer.”

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Murphy also urged Arsenal to fork out and give Aubameyang a bumper new contract, while also going all out to keep Dani Ceballos at the Emirates.

Aubameyang is out of contract next summer and the Gunners could be forced to sell their top scorer if he refuses to commit his long-term future to the club.

Ceballos, meanwhile, is on loan from Real Madrid. However, the Spanish giants could be willing to sell the midfielder this summer.

Murphy added: “I understand why Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was named man-of-the-match at Wembley on Saturday but watching the game live in the stadium, my choice would have been Dani Ceballos.

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“There will be concern about Aubameyang dedicating his future to Arsenal – for obvious reasons – but it is also crucial for the Mikel Arteta project that Ceballos stays beyond this season, whether it is another loan from Real Madrid or a permanent transfer.

“Watching Ceballos in the flesh really crystallised how important he is. His courage on the ball in tight situations allows Arsenal to play out from the back as Arteta wants. It is no longer Granit Xhaka on his own.

“What I like about the Spaniard is he is progressive with his passing. He always looks forward first. He is the one who plays those penetrative passes short and long. Aubameyang and his team-mates further forward are the beneficiaries.

“And though he is not the athletic player, the defensive aspect of his game is sound. He put himself in the firing line in terms of tackling Chelsea when I regarded him more of a No 10, a luxury player if you like, when he arrived.

“Arsenal have a big summer because this FA Cup-winning XI are only two or three players short of a really top team, particularly with the talented youngsters at the club like Eddie Nketiah and Bukayo Saka.

“But lose Aubameyang and Ceballos and they are in big trouble because it will be very difficult without the attraction of Champions League football to attract players of similar quality without spending an awful lot of money.

“That is why it is worth going the extra mile with Aubameyang’s contract if it’s an issue. And if Real insist on Arsenal having to buy Ceballos instead of another loan, the reported fee of £35million seems very reasonable to me. Take him. The money Arsenal will pay to keep both of them will save them money in the long run.”

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