Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta identifies defensive midfielder transfer as priority in summer window
Advertisement Arteta wants to give Ozil more freedom (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta is insisting Arsenal sign a defensive midfielder this summer and has made the transfer a priority, according to reports.The Arsenal boss is preparing for a busy window and is eager to strengthen his midfield.The Sun claim giving Mesut Ozil more freedom is a priority for Arteta, hence why the Spaniard wants to sign a defensive midfielder.Ozil has impressed Arteta and the German has featured in every Premier League game under the Spaniard since he took over from Unai Emery.ADVERTISEMENTRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news liveArteta has a host of options in midfield, but appears not to be the biggest fan of Matteo Guendouzi.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe Frenchman has fallen out of a favour with Arteta after a reported bust-up at Arsenal’s warm weather camp earlier this year.Arsenal have been linked with a number of names including Valencia’s Carlos Soler and Rennes youngster Eduardo Camavinga. Advertisement Comment Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta identifies defensive midfielder transfer as priority in summer window Metro Sport ReporterMonday 30 Mar 2020 9:22 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link756Shares Arteta may have to sell to raise funds in the next transfer window (Picture: Getty)While Arteta is eager to get the best out of Ozil, there has been a lot of speculation about his future at the Emirates.Ozil’s current deal expires until 2021 and his agent has already assured fans the 31-year-old has no plans to leave Arsenal before that contract ends.‘You never know in football. First of all, you can never predict the movement of players,’ Erkut Sogut told Goal.‘I have said it before and I am saying it again that he (Ozil) is really happy where he is at Arsenal. More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘He still has a contract to go and there is no change.’Arteta is unsure what Arsenal’s transfer budget this summer will be, as the club refuses to give up on securing Champions League football next season.The coronavirus pandemic has forced football to be suspended and the postponed games are expected to be played this summer, which could disrupt the transfer window.MORE: Mesut Ozil picks his favourite ever Arsenal goalMORE: Jose Mourinho names dream XI featuring Man Utd, Chelsea and Arsenal heroesFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.