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Arsenal have finished fifth in the Premier League this season which means they have failed to qualify for the Champions League but they still do have a ray of hope.

The Gunners will be playing in the Europa League final and if they can beat Chelsea then they become the fifth English club to qualify for the Champions League next campaign.

And if reports are to be believed then getting back into the top tier of English football is of the utmost importance for Unai Emery.

If the North London club fails to reach the UCL next season then their transfer budget could be splashed which is something that will not be of any help for the Spanish manager.

But according to BBC Sport reporter David Ornstein, UCL or no UCL, Unai Emery has already chalked out his transfer plans and the players he wants to bring into the club during the summer.

“Despite still waiting to appoint a technical director, sporting director, director of football, they have identified targets and conversations are underway,” Ornstein told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“They’re looking for experience and youth in their recruitment. Their priorities are a central defender and a box-to-box midfielder.

“Previously in January, they came close to a deal for Christopher Nkunku from PSG. This is, of course, is to replace Aaron Ramsey [who is joining Juventus on a free transfer].

“[PSG’s] Adrien Rabiot is among the players they’ve tried to sign in the past and have a long-standing interest in but he’s quite a complex individual and has had some issues off the pitch.

“As a secondary brief, they’d be looking at a wide forward. In January they came close to a deal for Ivan Perisic and had interest in Yannick Carrasco.

“Possibly a centre forward with Danny Welbeck leaving. Eddie Nketiah would then go out on loan if they brought a centre forward in.

“There is interest in bringing in a left back and possibly a right back, but again, those are secondary to the central defender and box-to-box midfielder.”

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