Arsenal targets Premier League title with a tactical overhaul in defense


Arsenal, under manager Mikel Arteta, are on the lookout for reinforcements in the full-back positions as they strive to clinch their first Premier League title since 2004. The Gunners face challenges with injuries and international tournaments affecting their defensive options. Despite a hefty summer spending spree in 2023, Arsenal’s recent struggles, including a single win in the last seven games, have highlighted deficiencies, especially in scoring.

The right-back and left-back positions pose a particular concern for Arteta. Currently, makeshift solutions involve center-back Ben White on the right, while left-back options seem scarce after Kieran Tierney’s departure. With Tomiyasu’s potential unavailability until February and injuries to other options like Timber, the need for reliable full-backs is pressing.

Arsenal’s winter strategy: Full-Back search intensifies

Arsenal is actively exploring options in the transfer market for full-backs, considering the limited choices available. Romano indicates that while names are being considered, the club is cautious about splashing cash in this position. The priority, according to the Italian journalist, is understanding the outgoings before making significant moves.

In positive news, there are indications that Arsenal is close to securing Tomiyasu’s future, planning to extend his contract beyond its current expiration in the summer of 2025. This move aims to avoid any potential forced sale of the versatile defender in the coming months.

Recent transfer rumors link Arsenal to Bayer Leverkusen right-back Jeremie Frimpong, with Liverpool also in the mix. Frimpong, available via a £35m release clause in 2024, presents a cost-effective solution. However, his adaptation to Arteta’s tactical shift from a 3-4-3 system to a four-at-the-back setup might pose challenges.

Other potential targets for Arsenal reportedly include Girona left-back Miguel Gutierrez and Ajax defender Jorrel Hato. As the Gunners gear up to face Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest later this month, their focus on securing defensive reinforcements remains a crucial aspect of their mid-season strategy.

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