How Arsenal plan to bolster their attack this summer

  • Arsenal have shortlisted wingers Nico Williams and Pedo Neto
  • Club plans to sign long-term number nine this summer
  • Gabriel Jesus to function as a winger?
Arsenal are reportedly keeping an eye on Athletic Club winger Nico Williams
Arsenal are reportedly keeping an eye on Athletic Club winger Nico Williams / Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/GettyImages

The 2024 summer transfer window is set to be a critical one for Arsenal, no matter how the season concludes, and the club are poised to make a number of moves to change-up their attacking personnel.

Many cried out for the addition of a number nine in January, but the Gunners were instead inactive in the window and didn't sign a single player. It's believed that Financial Fair Play concerns limited the club in the recently closed window, although no players departed north London on a permanent transfer either.

Mikel Arteta will thus hope that his current squad - one he recently described as among the thinnest in the Premier League - can compete on multiple fronts to end 2023/24. Arsenal reignited their title challenge by beating Liverpool 3-1 last weekend, with their Champions League knockout campaign scheduled to begin later this month.

How Arsenal plan to bolster their attack this summer

The Gunners are expected to sign their long-term number nine at the end of the season with the likes of Victor Osimhen and Ivan Toney linked with moves to the Emirates. A Premier League switch seems inevitable for the Nigerian, while Brentford boss Thomas Frank recently admitted that he expects Toney to move on at the end of the season.

Both will undoubtedly intrigue Arteta and Arsenal.

In addition, the Daily Mirror report that the club could also make a significant purchase out wide. Athletic Club's Nico Williams is said to be on Arsenal's summer 'hit-list' as they aim to provide stiffer competition for Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka. Explosive winger Williams has ten La Liga goal contributions in 20 appearances this season and predominantly plays off the left flank.

Williams is believed to have a release clause in his Athletic contract worth around £50m.

Wolves star Pedro Neto is another name to watch out for in the summer. The Portuguese wide man has enjoyed a resurgent campaign at Molineux having suffered with injuries, although Arsenal would have to pay a pretty penny to acquire the 23-year-old who's adept off both flanks.

There's also talk regarding Gabriel Jesus being utilised out wide should Arsenal sign their desired #9 this summer. Jesus, who brings so much to the Gunners' frontline without being prolific, has functioned as a winger at Manchester City and for the Brazilian national team. He, too, can play on both touchlines with relative comfort.

Such a move would add to the variation and unpredictability Arteta is attempting to facilitate within his attack.