Arsenal cannot yet consider their transfer window a success despite shelling out close to £200m, with Rio Ferdinand explaining the one final signing the Gunners need this summer.

Mikel Arteta’s side performed far higher than expectations last season, finishing the campaign as Premier League runners-up. And while there will still be lingering feelings of disappointment they could not end Manchester City’s dominance, Arsenal can pat themselves on the back for a thoroughly-successful season.

Indeed, their main priority of securing Champions League football was achieved with ease. As a result, Arteta and Edu have been allowed to take their spending on to the next level as they look to make an impact in Europe.

To that end, Kai Havertz has already signed in a £70m deal. And he will soon be followed by Declan Rice in a club-record £105m deal from West Ham. Talks over his fee have been agreed for around a week now, with only an agreement on the payment structure holding up the move.

However, that has now been struck with the payment breakdown Arsenal have agreed to for Rice revealed here.

The Gunners will not stop there, however. As well as Rice, they are also closing on a deal for Jurrien Timber. And with a fee likely to be set in the region of £36m, the three deals take Arsenal’s business through the £200m mark.

However, Ferdinand does not think Arsenal have quite done enough just yet. And despite boosting their attacking options by signing Havertz, he feels they need one more attacking addition this summer.

That’s amid a worrying update over Bukayo Saka, with Ferdinand making a troubling conclusion.

Arsenal told they need to sign another attacker

The Arsenal poster boy enjoyed an outstanding 2022/23 season, scoring 19 goals and adding 11 assists. An ever-present during the Premier League, Saka hardly missed a minute as he made himself virtually undroppable.

However, Ferdinand fears the heavy workload on the player may ultimately catch up on him.

Indeed, the 21-year-old has not missed a league game in two whole seasons, making him the first Arsenal player to achieve that since Lee Dixon in early 1990s.

The chances of a third season being an ever-present, though, are deemed unlikely. And Ferdinand claims Arteta must consider a top-class alternative before injuries catch up with Saka.

“I still think maybe you need one more, an attacking player, to cover those positions, especially the wide areas,” Ferdinand said on his Vibe with Five YouTube channel.

“Kai Havertz maybe could dovetail out there at times, but I think you still need one. You can’t afford to let Bukayo Saka play another full season not missing any games.

He may have missed one or two here and there.. But he’s played too many games last season for a young kid. He’s going to burn out. I think you need to save him a little bit and have moments where you pull him out of the team. Then there won’t be a big drop-off in output.”

Reiss Nelson agreement close for Arsenal

Despite Ferdinand’s reservations, Arsenal do have a spare attacking option in Leandro Trossard. The Belgian is, however, more established on the opposite flank.

However, Arsenal soon hope to announce new deals for Reiss Nelson. The 23-year-old proved a useful option off the bench for Arteta last season. His deal expired at the end of the season but we understand an agreement on an extension is now close.

The homegrown winger played a part in five Premier League goals last season (three goals and two assists). That’s despite featuring in just a total of 204 minutes for the Gunners.

 

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