The summer transfer window doesn’t officially open for another month but Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu are already making moves to assemble the perfect first-team squad ahead of the 2022/23 season.
In fact, one deal has been ‘accidentally’ announced. As previously reported by football.london, the Gunners had been looking to confirm a deal for New England Revolution goalkeeper Matt Turner when he flies over to complete a medical in June, thus making him the club’s first signing of the summer.
However, via the 27-year-old USMNT’s Instagram story from his wedding, it would appear that the cat is already out of the bag as a photo showed a bouquet of red and white flowers along with a card that came with it which reads: ‘Congratulations on your wedding day! Best wishes, From everyone at Arsenal FC.’
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All that remains is for Arsenal to officially announce Turner’s move via their website and subsequent social media channels to kickstart what is expected to be a busy summer for the north London outfit. But how many more signings should fans expect before deadline day in August?
Well, taking into consideration what Arteta said about plans for the summer window, when speaking last month, should be an indicator. “If you can financially afford it and we don’t have to do the turnaround in the squad that we’ve had to do, if you ask me what I want it’s 22 outfield players and three goalkeepers,” he said. “You have to come a long way in the aspects that you see on the pitch, it’s a lot of things that have to be put in place, and that takes time.”
So 22 outfield players and three goalkeepers would be the perfect Arsenal squad for Arteta. With Turner likely to replace Bernd Leno, he can be one of three stoppers alongside Aaron Ramsdale and one of Arthur Okonkwo or Karl Hein as one of the youngsters will likely need a loan spell next season.
With that said, going off Arsenal.com, there are 18 outfield first-team players listed which means four signings are required for Arteta to have the ideal squad size. But with Mohamed Elneny, Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah out of contract next month, if none of the trio are retained then the Gunners will have 15 senior outfield players left.
Therefore, as things stand, between four to seven signings are needed for the Spaniard to get his wish. Although, that number could increase with Nicolas Pepe, Nuno Tavares and Granit Xhaka amongst the Arsenal first-team players being linked with an exit this summer.
Of course, Arteta can promote one or two academy players such as Charlie Patino and Miguel Azeez to the first team or re-integrate the likes of William Saliba, Reiss Nelson and Folarin Balogun following their respective loan spells to boost the numbers.
In terms of potential incomings, football.london have revealed that Arsenal want to sign two forwards, a central midfielder and a full-back amid links to Gabriel Jesus, Tammy Abraham, Cody Gakpo, Moussa Diaby, Youri Tielemans, Fabian Ruiz, Aurelien Tchouameni and Aaron Hickey.
Source by Football London