Arsenal have been really poor during the ongoing season but under their current manager Mikel Arteta, the Gunners have made steady progress over the past couple of months.
Arteta was appointed the Arsenal boss back in December and since then, the ex-Gunner has been able to instil a new belief into the squad which has helped them pick up wins against teams like Liverpool and Manchester City in recent weeks.
But there’s still a lot of work to be done and in a recent interview, the Arsenal boss has admitted that he is looking to rope in a No 10 during the upcoming summer transfer window.
“Look at the players that we had in the past at this club in those positions,” Arteta told Sky Sports.
“You go back to (Santi) Cazorla, to (Tomas) Rosicky, to (Andrey) Arshavin when he played there, to (Aaron) Ramsey when he played there, to (Henrikh) Mkhitaryan when he came in. Even Jack Wilshere used to play in those pockets all the time.
“That is a lot of players who are now not here. We have to renew that cycle because if not, those kinds of players won’t be there for us anymore.
“They are a big part of what any squad needs.
“That is one of the areas we can improve, but also, how important those players are will depend on the way we are going to attack because some different teams do it differently,
“Liverpool, for example, do it in a different way, without using the pockets in that manner, and they are still very effective. You see the assists created by their two full-backs compared to the No 10s that Manchester City have, for example. It’s an equal number but a completely different style. So there are different ways to do it.”
Not only a No 10 but Mikel Arteta needs reinforcements for a number of other areas in his squad before the 2020-21 season kicks off.
But all these signings will depend on the Arsenal management and on the fact that whether the hierarchy are willing to spend large sums of money or not.
Some rumours have claimed that Mikel Arteta might be working on a very limited transfer budget this time around and on top of that if the North London side miss out on Europe then no big name will agree to join Arsenal in the summer.