As regards the 2021-2022 season, Arsenal will be clashing against Chelsea in their second Premier League game at the Emirates. And, Mikel Arteta will focus on taking the club to a new level, and compete with his competitors in the league.
Meanwhile, having seen how the Gunners played against Hibernian yesterday, It's crystal clear that they need to sign some players before the commencement of the 2021-2022 campaign. It was their first friendly match and they failed to humiliate the Scotland side.
Arsenal's starting XI against Hibernian yesterday
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Apparently, only Bukayo Saka, Kieran Tierney, Bernd Leno and Granit Xhaka weren't available in the squad, because they played in the 2020 European Championship. As, Nicolas Pepe and Alexandre Lacazette later dazzled in the second-half. Of course, they can not defeat Chelsea at the Emirates, based on their performance at Easter Road yesterday.
As a result of that, Arsenal would need to sign these two players below, so as to equip and balance their squad. Almost all the top-6 clubs in the Premier League are reinforcing their teams, therefore the Mikel Arteta's side may not go far without these footballers.
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Frankly, they have been linked with the players already with personal terms agreed. However, it's high time they signed them if they really want to start flying from the beginning of next season. Because, Chelsea and Thomas Tuchel aren't planning to settle for second best in the league.
1. Ben White
Hibernian's first goal was a result of an error, as the defenders failed to work hand-in-hand with the goalkeeper to protect their territory. Arsenal need to get the Brighton Albion's centre-back before next month, because Gabriel Magalhães won't be available due to injury and there will be no reliable defender at the back. The likes of Rob Holding, Pablo Mari and Harry Clarke can not accommodate Chelsea's frontline, so they really need to bring the Englishman to the Emirates to avoid defeat against the Thomas Tuchel's men. In line with many reports, it's been said that Ben is on the verge of joining the Gunners family, so the club needs to fasten the transfer before August 22nd. William Saliba would have been an ideal candidate to dominate the defense line, but he will be joining Marseille on loan.
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2. James Maddison
Smith Rowe tried his best yesterday in the second-half, having helped the team to pull one goal back. However, he can not control the midfield alone, since Martin Odegaard and Dani Ceballos have headed back to Real Madrid. Therefore, Arsenal need to sign Maddison to strengthen their squad. The Foxes wizard is indeed a brilliant and reliable attacking midfielder, who has the abilities and capabilities to bring creativity to the midfield. He has registered 36 goal contributions and created 245 chances in 98 appearances in the EPL. Definitely, he's the missing piece in Mikel Arteta's team. Without a doubt, the starting XI against Hibernian was strong enough to claim 3 points, but there was no creator in the midfield. Chelsea have many elite-attacking midfielders (Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz, Mason Mount and Mateo Kovacic), so the Gunners should bring James to London before clashing against the Blues.
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