‘Striker top priority’, Mikel Arteta reveals Arsenal summer plans

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has revealed the club will bolster its attack during the summer transfer window. 

The Gunners let Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang join Barcelona on a free transfer after they terminated his contract in January. The departure of Auba left Arsenal short of attack up front with Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah the only strikers. 

Speaking to the media ahead of the Watford game, Arteta confirmed a new striker will join the club in the summer. 

“Now is the moment we have to raise the quality,” he said. 

On striker

“We need one who puts the ball in the net, that’s priority number one. Any successful team needs enough goal threat in the squad.”

Crucial summer

“More important,” says Arteta.

“I think now is the moment we have to go to a different level.

“We have been able to get the squad balance in a much better shape. Financially, we are in a much more stable position with the money we have spent on certain players touching the pitch for a certain amount of minutes. That balance is much better spread out across the squad.”

“And now is the moment to raise the quality.”

Bukayo Saka’s consistency 

“I think his biggest improvement is the level of consistency he’s playing with,” says Arteta.

“To have moments is fine. A lot of players can do that. But to play consistently at that level is very difficult.”

“Opponents know him and people expect a lot of him but he is still as humble, as committed and as hungry as he was when I met him on the first day.

“Now, I think he understands the game much better and I think he also has a different level of aggression as a player which I think was very needed in him.”

The Gunners prepare to take on Watford on Sunday in a Premier League clash. 

See also: ‘No plans’ Arsenal rule out Arsene Wenger return

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