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Arsenal will be busy in this summer’s transfer window – there is no doubt about that. Three players were allowed to leave on permanent deals in January and there could be a lot more on their way out of the club. Mikel Arteta will need to add quality and depth to his squad, with two positions in particular needing replenishment.

Arsenal will need to sign at least one striker, with Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah both out of contract and set to leave on free transfers.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang left in January so there could be a complete new look to the Gunners’ frontline.

Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin is one of the top striker targets for Arteta.

Calvert-Lewin has missed much of this season due to injury and his absence has been sorely felt at Everton. The Toffees sit 16th in the Premier League as we speak.

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But Calvert-Lewin has the experience of performing in the Premier League.

It is always a gamble spending big on a striker from a foreign league such as Isak, especially for the money Real Sociedad would demand for him.

Calvert-Lewin is quick, good in the air and can hold the ball up.

Most importantly, he scores goals. He has three to his name in six league outings this term, the same amount as Lacazette has registered but in 11 fewer appearances than the Frenchman.

But that is a part of Arsenal’s game that needs to be improved.

Having a player who is as deadly as the 27-year-old would be a huge upgrade on their current options.

Ward-Prowse has six goals and four assists to his name in 21 league appearances from central midfield this season.

Granit Xhaka is again linked with a move to Roma so finding a new partner for Thomas Partey could be on the agenda for Arteta.

Ward-Prowse perhaps does not get the recognition he deserves because he does not play for a club competing for European qualification.

But he could be the perfect player to bring in alongside Calvert-Lewin.

The striker would be licking his lips at the prospect of getting on the end of Ward-Prowse’s deliveries into the box.

The pair would cost a pretty penny. Ward-Prowse still has four-and-a-half years remaining on his contract at Southampton, with Calvert-Lewin’s deal expiring a year earlier at Goodison Park.

But if Arsenal are to build on their undoubted improvement under Arteta, these are the type of signings they need to make.

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