Arsenal transfers: Gunners legend discusses summer targets

Ray Parlour discusses the possible transfer options available to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger this summer

Ray Parlour believes that Arsenal need three new players in key positions if they are to challenge for the Premier League title next season.

The Gunners continued their recent fine form with a 3-1 win at Hull City on Monday night as they secured their eighth top-flight victory in nine outings.

Despite their impressive recent run of form, the Gunners have already been linked with a host of potential transfer targets as the summer window approaches.

And former Arsenal midfielder Parlour feels that Arsene Wenger should be considering making bids for a goalkeeper, a centre-half and a defensive midfielder during the summer transfer window.

Parlour told Sky Sports: “Arsene Wenger definitely needs to buy players and during the summer is going to be very important and not just for Arsenal.

“Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool will all strengthen and the transfer market is going to be very competitive with players available.

“Who is going to go where will be the key next year. Arsenal need to keep their nucleus of players and also bring in some more quality in certain areas to really challenge Chelsea.

“The goalkeeping situation needs to be looked at – Wojciech Szczesny will move on and David Ospina has had his opportunity but you still need a real world-class goalkeeper.

“Obviously Petr Cech may be available in the summer and he’s the sort of goalkeeper you have to be looking at. He’s got that experience and that quality and is still a great age because keepers go on for a lot longer than outfield players.

“The centre-half position must be looked at as well; an old Tony Adams, if they could find someone like him, or a John Terry.

“And a central midfielder to strengthen right down the spine – someone like Morgan Schneiderlin… that’s the sort of player I would be looking at if I was Arsene Wenger.”

Arsenal, who face Aston Villa in the FA Cup final this month, take on Swansea City in their next Premier League game on Monday night.

The Gunners will finish second in the table if they can win their remaining four Premier League matches.

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