Arsenal are expected to have a very busy summer transfer window, both in terms of incomings and outgoings, with Mikel Arteta continuing the process of creating a squad that fully represents his identity.
The Gunners are currently in a strong position to finish in this season’s top four and significant credit must go to the new summer signings.
Both Arteta and technical director Edu were criticised heavily for the recruitment strategy taken, but it’s safe to say that there was a clear methodology adopted, with Aaron Ramsdale, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Ben White and Martin Odegaard all delivering stellar impacts in the first team.
The focus on the upcoming transfer window will revolve around adding significant quality within the engine room of the team and upfront.
Someone who has surprisingly been linked with a move to the Emirates is Marcus Rashford, who is reportedly weighing up an exit from Old Trafford.
But Manchester United interim manager Ralf Ragnick is not concerned at all with the 24-year-old’s current situation.
“I spoke with him yesterday and day before yesterday so I don’t know anything about that,” Rangnick told reporters on Friday.
“In my 25 years in professional football, I have decided not to take too much notice of things happening in the media. He didn’t say anything to me, he said to me that he is still happy and that he wants to perform on a high level for the club.
“There was no mention of him not being happy here. For me this is not a worry at all.
“My worry and concern or what I’m trying to achieve with him is what we did with for example Anthony [Elanga], with Jadon [Sancho], with one or two other young players that we have, to improve his performance and make sure that he gets the best version of himself.”
It will be interesting to see if Arsenal do intensify interest in Rashford once the current season comes to an end and certainly there are many aspects within a potential deal that are attractive.
The England international is still very young, has plenty of experience already and under Arteta’s guidance, can become a much better player.
On the other hand, Rashford’s wage demands could prove to be a stumbling block and given the fact that the north Londoners already have multiple left-wing options in Gabriel Martinelli and Emile Smith Rowe, one could argue that he isn’t needed and someone who has a bias towards the right flank should be prioritised.