Transfer Focus: Wenger looking to start summer overhaul with £25m Boro deal

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will target Middlesbrough captain Ben Gibson as part of his summer overhaul ahead of next season as he looks to revitalise his squad, according to reports from The Express.

What’s the word?

The Arsenal manager is gearing up for a summer of unprecedented change at The Emirates after perhaps his worst year in charge and £25m rated Middlesbrough defender Ben Gibson could play a key role in that.

The Gunners boss is looking to add in all areas over the coming months and, given his recent successful change to a back three, will look to add some quality at the back.

Despite being relegated by Premier League champions Chelsea last Monday, Gibson has impressed in his first season as a top flight player, enough so to also attract reported interest from Antonio Conte himself.

Why does Wenger need him?

The emergence of Rob Holding in recent weeks would make many fans sit back and relax a little over their defensive options over the summer, however, there is still plenty of room for improvement.

Although both Holding and defensive partner Gabriel Paulista have stepped up in the new system, scratch the surface and there is little depth for Wenger to play with.

Skipper Per Mertersacker will find it hard to get a look in at any stage and, whilst still performing to a very high level, Frenchman Laurent Koscielny isn’t getting any younger.

Given a season or two to bed in and learn from the internationals around him, Gibson could well be a canny addition in years to come.

Article title: Transfer Focus: Wenger looking to start summer overhaul with £25m Boro deal

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