Arsenal have three more transfer issues to resolve for Mikel Arteta’s ideal squad balance

Heading into this year’s summer transfer window, Arsenal had key areas to address.

Firstly, Mikel Arteta was intent on adding more experience in order to avoid relying on youngsters like Bukayo Saka and risk “burning them out”. Willian arriving on a free solved this problem. Next up was the need for another left-footed option at centre-back and arriving as the club’s top target, Gabriel Magalhaes has taken to that role exceptionally.

Sealing Dani Ceballos’ return on loan was another key decision to take after the strides the Arsenal midfield took last season. With the midfield still lacking natural drive to push upfield, the deadline day signing of Thomas Partey will stand as the most exciting piece of business.

With Emi Martinez departing, Runar Alex Runarsson was an adequate replacement, while Henrikh Mkhitaryan also left on a permanent basis and the pair of Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira left on loan.

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Although the Gunners hit some of their targets, there will still be aspects of the side Arteta and technical director Edu Gaspar will be looking to add to or streamline further.

Here, looks at the three situations Arsenal are still yet to resolve after deadline day.

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Centre-back departures

With seven centre-backs around the first team picture at the start of the window, Arsenal had to streamline in that area. Gabriel Magalhaes’ arrival took that number up to eight, and failing to move any players on before Monday’s deadline that is what the current centre-back tally remains at.

Assessing the current group, three centre-backs were most likely to leave the club, whether that be on a permanent or temporary basis.

Shkodran Mustafi and Sokraris stand as the pair that had the possibility of leaving on a permanent basis with links to Serie A clubs, Napoli most…