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Arsenal: Fabrizio Romano claims Gunners now looking to sign right-back and midfielder

Arsenal are now expected to focus their attention on trying to bring in a new right-back and midfielder this month with a deal for Leandro Trossard expected to go through.

What’s the latest?

The Gunners are now close to completing their first piece of business this month with the expected arrival of Trossard from Brighton & Hove Albion.

The Belgian forward has signed for £21 million plus £5 million in add-ons following his public fallout with Roberto De Zerbi on the south coast.

But it does not seem as if Edu Gaspar is settling for just Trossard this month with Fabrizio Romano believing his attention has already been turned to other areas. Arsenal are also closing in on the signing of Jakub Kiwior.

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Speaking on his YouTube channel,  the Italian journalist has claimed the north London club will now look at potentially signing a new right-back and midfielder:

(4:30) “Arsenal, keep an eye on the right-back situation. We know that Fulham are interested in Cedric Soares, so let’s see if Arsenal will decide to do something in that position. They appreciate Ivan Fresneda of Real Valladolid but also many other clubs including Newcastle including Juventus, including Wolves so it’s an open race for a talented right-back Fresneda.”

“But Arsenal will keep an eye on the market in the final days let’s see if right-back, midfielder what kind of opportunities they will find on the market.”

Strengthening their title charge

It has been a sensational first half of the season for Mikel Arteta’s side who sit firmly at the top of the Premier League table having only recorded one loss in their 18 games.

And it seems as if they are not content with allowing this window to go by without strengthening their squad for the remainder of the season.

There is a lot on the line this season for Arteta’s men and they will be all too familiar with how the second half of the season can run away from them.

Do Arsenal need better squad depth?

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Just last season, the Gunners saw their hopes of a spot in the top four slip from their grasps in the final stages of the campaign as their north London rivals swooped in to take the prize.

However, there is even more on the line this season with the title there to be won by Arsenal following their impressive start.

And in the previous January window, Arteta may look back at it as a missed opportunity given they made no additions to their first-team squad.

With the likes of Cedric Soares heavily linked with an exit, it would be incredibly risky for Arteta to allow a squad player to leave and not replace him.

Especially when the current backup at right-back, Takehiro Tomiyasu, has had his injury issues since arriving at the club which have seen him miss nine games already.

And in midfield, although Thomas Partey continues to impress in the middle of the park, he is also no stranger to an injury and you do have to wonder what the absence of a big player like him could make to this Arsenal side.

There is still a long road ahead of the Gunners in their quest for the title, but adding further squad depth could certainly prove a wise decision down the line.