Arsenal endured a disappointing campaign last season as they finished outside the Premier League quartet and subsequently missed out on Champions League football next season, the first time in 22 years.

Last summer, Arsene Wenger spent a decent amount in the transfer window, bringing in Lucaz Perez, Shkodran Mustafi and Granit Xhaka to bolster his squad as he aimed to win the Premier League in what was thought to be his last season as Arsenal manager.

However, his squad failed to produce the performance to justify their hefty price tags and the end result was a fifth-place finish in the league despite an FA Cup win to paper over the cracks of a disappointing season in Europe and in the Premier League.

After his controversial contract extension, Wenger moved quickly to sign more players to add more depth to the squad and also claimed that the absence of Champions League at the Emirates Stadium wouldn’t affect them in the transfer market.

However, unlike his rivals, Wenger has signed just two players so far this summer; striker Alexandre Lacazette and defender Sead Kolasinac, but leaving the midfield woefully short.

Arsenal can boast numerical strength in that area but the players we do have seem to lack the technical ability and quality competition, especially with the latest injury setback to Santi Cazorla. Aaron Ramsey and Francis
Coquelin were inconsistent last season while Granit Xhaka struggled for form in his first season in England.

Arsene Wenger definitely needs to sign a midfielder before the transfer window closes if they don’t want to out of the Premier League race quickly next season.

Arsenal have been linked with Monaco star Thomas Lemar and signing him would add more depth to the Gunners midfield. He is versatile and can play either as a deep-lying midfielder or on the left-wing and would be the perfect replacement for Cazorla.

Leaving the midfield void unfilled could cost Arsenal another top-four finish next season, so lets hope Lemar comes to the Emirates or that Arsene Wenger has a plan B if this transfer doesn’t happen.