Mikel Arteta wants three signings to support Arsenal’s formation switch

Mikel Arteta wants three signings to support Arsenal’s formation switch

Mikel Arteta has identified three key signings for Arsenal (PA)

Mikel Arteta is targeting three new signings for Arsenal this summer to fit his plans to play a 4-3-3 system next season, according to reports.

The Spaniard landed his first trophy as a manager on Saturday as the Gunners beat Chelsea in the FA Cup final at Wembley.

The Times report that Arteta’s FA Cup win now puts him in a stronger position with Arsenal’s hierarchy in terms of being backed in the transfer market this summer.

Arteta lined up with a three-man defence against Chelsea in the FA Cup final but it’s claimed that he wants to switch to a 4-3-3 formation next season and believes three transfers will be key to helping him implement that system.

According to The Times, Arteta is ‘keen’ on signing Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona as well as Atletico Madrid’s defensive midfielder Thomas Partey.

The Arsenal manager is also said to be supporting the club’s push to sign Willian on a free transfer from Chelsea as the Brazilian’s experience will help the younger attackers in the squad.

Mikel Arteta is keen for Philippe Coutinho to join Arsenal this summer (Getty Images)

On Monday, reports claimed that Willian had rejected Chelsea’s latest offer of a two-year contract, while Arsenal are willing to offer a three-year deal which the Brazilian is demanding.

Coutinho, meanwhile, has reportedly asked Arsenal for more time to consider his future following an approach from the Gunners.

Barcelona are willing to let the midfielder leave on loan once again but are demanding a €20 million (£18m) loan fee.

Thomas Partey is one of Arsenal’s top targets for the summer (Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid are standing firm over Partey’s availability are are unwilling to allow the midfielder to leave for anything lower than his€50m (£45.5m) release clause.

Atletico have offered Partey a new contract in order to raise that clause but the Ghana international has not yet committed to the deal.

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